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Common Problems

As a premiere practice that offers exceptional orthodontic care to children, teens and adults, the talented doctors at Orthodontic Associates of New England routinely treat a variety of orthodontic problems and issues. Whether your child could benefit from our Amherst braces treatments or you want to find out what types of services could improve your own smile, you can rest assured that we can provide you with the exceptional orthodontic treatment you need.

There are numerous problems that can occur with the teeth and jaw that can be successfully corrected with orthodontic treatment. Below we’ve listed the most common orthodontic problems we see in the patients we serve at our Nashua and Amherst, NH orthodontics practice.


Upper Front Teeth That Protrude: This type of bite affects the function and appearance of the teeth. It occurs when the upper front teeth extend too far forward or when the lower teeth fail to extend far enough. Protruding teeth can be inherited or caused by an undesirable finger or thumb sucking habit. Protruding teeth can be treated in several ways including habit cessation, wearing braces or head gear. In some cases, extractions can help correct the bite. In more severe cases, jaw surgery may be required.

Overbite: An overbite is when the upper front teeth extend too far in front of the lower front teeth. This can lead to pain, discomfort and the lower teeth biting into the roof of the mouth. Treatment for an overbite typically involves the use of braces. A severe overbite may necessitate a tooth extraction to enable the other teeth to move into place more easily.

Crowding: Teeth which appear crowded are caused by the teeth not having the room they need to erupt from the gums. Treating crowded teeth often involves the use of fixed braces and in the most serious cases, extracting teeth in order to correct the bite.

Crossbite (Anterior): In an anterior crossbite, the the upper front teeth bite inside the lower front teeth. This problem can lead to uneven tooth wear and put undue stress on the jaw joint which can lead to discomfort and pain. Treatment may involves the use of braces or a removable plate that works by moving the teeth into the correct position.

Crossbite (Posterior): In an ideal bite, the upper teeth bite on the outside of the lower teeth. In a posterior cross bite, the upper back teeth bite on the inside of the lower back teeth. This can lead to uneven tooth wear and put a great deal of strain on the jaw joint which can lead to problems with the jaw. It is typically recommended that a posterior crossbite be treated early in life using a fixed or removable expansion appliance.

Open Bite: An open bite occurs when the upper and lower teeth fail to overlap when biting. An open bite can be caused by thumb sucking or tongue thrusting. Once the sucking or thrusting habit is stopped, the bite often improves.

Spaces Between Teeth: Teeth with spaces or gaps between them results from a disharmony between the size of the teeth and the size of the jaws. Spacing can also occur as a result of missing teeth. Treatment for spacing often involves wearing braces to close the spaces.

Unmatched Dental Midlines: A unmatched dental midline occurs when the back bite does not fit correctly and properly. This condition can be harmful to the jaw and well as proper dental function. Treatment typically involves the use of braces.

Have Questions? Contact Your Amherst NH Orthodontist

The doctors and staff at Orthodontic Associates of New England thank you for your interest in our practice! We are always more than happy to speak with you so please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about orthodontics or the treatment we provide. If you would like to enjoy all the benefits that come with having straight teeth and a healthy bite, schedule your first visit with us today by completing the Appointment Request form. We look forward to seeing you soon and welcoming you to our practice where we give our patients plenty of reasons to smile!