Common Treatments

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Common Treatments

At Kwon Orthodontics we have seen it all! Take a look at some of the case studies below to see the before and after results of treatment.

Crowding of the teeth

Patient started treatment at age 11 and wore braces for 26 months. He loves his new smile.

Crowding of the teeth, before treatment
Before
Crowding of the teeth, after treatment
After

Open bite – Front teeth don’t touch

Patient sucked her thumb as a young child. She started treatment at age 13. She had braces and a special appliance — called a crib — to retrain the tongue, for 28 months. Now she can bite the lettuce out of a sandwich.

Open bite, before treatment
Before
Open bite, after treatment
After

Deep overbite – Lower front teeth bite into palate

This adult patient, age 25, required braces and jaw surgery to correct his severe overbite, with treatment taking two years. His problem could have been corrected without surgery if he had been treated before he was a teenager.

Deep overbite, before treatment
Before
Deep overbite, after treatment
After

Missing lateral incisors

This patient’s lateral incisors were congenitally missing. She had braces for 20 months to move the teeth into their correct positions, then the missing teeth were replaced with bonded “Maryland” bridges.

Missing lateral incisors, before treatment
Before
Missing lateral incisors, after treatment
After

Underbite – Lower front teeth in front of upper teeth

Patient’s underbite was causing her jaw joint discomfort and excessive wear patterns on her teeth. After about 30 months of treatment starting at age 32, she now finds smiling and chewing much easier.

Underbite, before treatment
Before
Underbite, after treatment
After

Spacing of teeth

Patient was bothered by the spaces between his teeth. Braces closed the spaces and gave him an ideal bite in 24 months. Special glued-in retainers help keep the spaces closed.

Spacing of the teeth, before treatment
Before
Spacing of the teeth, after treatment
After

Overjet – Protruding front teeth

At age ten, patient had a big overjet with the top teeth protruding beyond the bottom. She had two phases of treatment. The first helped her jaws to grow more harmoniously and the second aligned her teeth and bite. At age 13, she was proudly displaying her new smile.

Protruding front teeth, before treatment
Before
Protruding front teeth, after treatment
After

Non-braces treatment

Sometimes braces are not needed to get noticeable improvements in tooth alignment. This patient was first seen at age seven for crowding of the lower permanent teeth. A procedure was performed to reduce the width of the adjacent baby teeth and the permanent incisors aligned on their own in nine months.

Crowding of lower permanent teeth, before non-braces treatment
Before
Crowding of lower permanent teeth, after non-braces treatment
After

Phase-One

Patient’s parents were concerned about both aesthetics and the health of the erupting permanent teeth when they brought him to the orthodontist at age eight. The lower front teeth were crowded and touching the palate, and the upper front teeth were extremely displaced from their normal positions. After 12 months of Phase-One treatment with an expander and partial braces, patient’s appearance and dental function were vastly improved.

Before Phase-One treatment
Before
After Phase-One treatment
After
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