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A lot of people think that braces are only for kids and teens to correct their bit pattern and smile as their jawbone grows. But now, many adults are finding that they develop misaligned smiles as they grow older and are seeking orthodontic treatment for things such as:

– Spacing or crowding problems –Crowding teeth can cause many problems and even keep the permanent teeth from coming in properly or at all.

– Open bite – In a proper bite, the front teeth overlap like a pair of scissors. In an open bite, they don’t touch, leaving a gap straight into the mouth. An open bite can also occur on the side(s) of the mouth.

– Upper protrusion – With upper protrusion (also called buck teeth), the upper front teeth are pushed outward. This may be caused by a small lower jaw, thumb-sucking, or pacifier use.

– Overbite – If an individual has an excessive overbite, the upper front teeth go too far down over the lower front teeth. In extreme cases, this causes the lower teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.

– Underbite – An individual has an underbite if the lower front teeth are in front of the upper front teeth.

– Crossbite – A cross bite is present when some or all of the upper teeth are on the wrong side of the lower teeth.

Call Victoria Lynskey DMD, MDS, Orthodontist in Santa Rosa, California, today to schedule your orthodontic consultation with Dr. Victoria Lynskey.