Orthodontics – Warning Signs

Warning signs for orthodontics…The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that parents understand the early warning signs of an orthodontic problem and recommends kids be evaluated by an orthodontist by age 7 – 8. Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and a greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Well timed intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.

There are many different types malocclusions or bite problems that require orthodontics at the office of John A Gerling DDS MSD. Below is a list of the most common problems in orthodontics seen today in children, teens and adults.

At the office of John A. Gerling, DDS, MSD, we work hard to treat you the same way we would like to be treated: with respect, professionalism, and sensitivity toward our needs. We understand your expectations, and we do everything we can to make sure that you have an exceptional experience at our practice. Contact our office to schedule a consultation to determine how we can help you with your orthodontic needs. It is not necessary to have a referral from you general dentist to take advantage of this complimentary service we provide to all our patients.

Overbite: Upper teeth protrude over the lower teeth. Often called “Buck teeth” Protruding front teeth John A Gerling DDS MSD McAllen TX
Deepbite: The upper teeth cover the lower teeth wearing down the enamel of the lowers Deepbite John A Gerling DDS MSD McAllen TX
Underbite: The lower teeth cover the upper teeth. This may be the result of a jaw growth discrepancy and/or tooth problem. Underbite John A Gerling DDS MSD McAllen TX
Openbite: The upper and lower front teeth do not come together. Often the result of a finger habit, allergies, or enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Openbite John A Gerling DDS MSD McAllen TX
Crowding: Jaws are too narrow or teeth are too large causing crowded or misaligned teeth. Crowding
Spacing: Teeth are too small or jaws are too large causing space between teeth. Spacing John A Gerling DDS MSD McAllen TX
Crossbite: Upper teeth are inside the lower teeth. Crossbite John A Gerling DDS MSD McAllen TX