Common Problems

Common orthodontic problems can affect both children and adults — even affecting those who wore braces when they were young! Teeth move gradually all the time in response to the normal forces of biting and chewing, or from developing bad oral habits. In children, teeth can be pushed out of proper alignment when non-nutritive habits, such as thumb sucking, develops. In adults, a once aligned bite can shift out of place due to a single missing tooth! Regardless of your orthodontic issues or your age, orthodontic treatments at Travers Orthodontics in Irving, TX and Coppell, TX  are available for all the common orthodontic problems listed below — provided your teeth and gums are in tip-top shape:

Abnormal eruption.

Abnormal Eruption

Abnormal eruption is when a tooth emerges through the gum in the wrong place. If the tooth is blocked from growing in fully (a situation called impaction), a minor oral surgical procedure may be required to uncover the tooth before orthodontic treatment begins.



Crossbite is when one or more of the upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth rather than outside. This is usually related to misalignment of the upper and lower jaws. In a child who is still growing, widening the upper jaw with an orthodontic appliance called a palatal expander may solve the problem.



Crowding results from a lack of space for the teeth to fit normally within the jaws, either because the teeth are too big or the jaws are too small. Possible solutions may include removing some teeth and/or making more room in the jaws with a palatal expander or through a surgical procedure.

Excessive spacing.

Excessive spacing

Excessive spacing may result when one or more teeth fail to grow in, are lost to trauma or disease, or there is a discrepancy between jaw size and tooth size. It's important to close the gaps because excessive space allows nearby teeth to shift out of position.

Open bite.

Open Bite

Open bite occurs when the upper and lower front teeth do not come together when biting, resulting in an open space between the two. This is often the result of tongue thrusting (also called infantile swallowing pattern) and/or prolonged thumb sucking.



Overbite (deep bite) is when the upper front teeth bite too far down over the lower teeth. Sometimes the bite is so deep that the upper teeth cover the lower teeth completely, forcing the lower teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth (palate). This often results from a discrepancy in jaw size.



Overjet (protrusion) is when the upper front teeth extend too far forward or the lower teeth don't extend far enough forward. This may be related to genetics, improper jaw development, missing lower teeth and/or improper alignment of molars. Thumb sucking or tongue thrusting can exacerbate the problem.



Underbite occurs when the lower front teeth extend past the upper front teeth. It can be caused by overgrowth of the lower jaw and/or undergrowth of the upper jaw. Depending on the severity, treatment may involve conventional orthodontics and/or jaw (orthognathic) surgery.

If you are concerned about the alignment of your teeth, or your children's teeth, please schedule a consultation at the dental office. We would be happy to advise you about your treatment options.

Your Orthodontic Experts At Travers Orthodontics

At Travers Orthodontics, our world-class orthodontic treatments will help eradicate any common orthodontic problem you may have. Our treatments include:

Contact Travers Orthodontics In Irving, TX And Coppell, TX Today!

Offering state-of-the-art technology and a vast amount of in-depth experience, our team at Travers Orthodontics in Irving, TX and Coppell, TX will provide you with the most advanced orthodontic treatment in the greater Dallas area! Offering a wide array of orthodontic services, we can feel rest assured that our team can confidently diagnose your common orthodontic problems and find an accurate solution rapidly.

Whether you’ve been contemplating getting Invisalign, or you are interested in our SureSmile technology, don’t hesitate to contact us at our San Antonio office or our Schertz office today. From all of us at Travers Orthodontics, we can’t wait to help bring your brilliant smile back to life, treating any common orthodontic problems you or your child may have!