Common Orthodontic Problems

Common jaw and teeth alignment problems

The following are among the most common orthodontic problems treated by Dr. Okubo:

Dental Midlines
not Aligned

Dental Midlines not Aligned

Dental Midline is a term that refers to the midsagittal line of maxillary and mandibular dental arches possessing teeth of ideal size, shape, and position when situated in maximum intercuspation. Each arch also possesses its own midline, which can be used to refer to the location of contact between the mesial surfaces of the central incisors.

Upper Front
Tooth Protrusion

Upper Front Tooth Protrusion

Upper front teeth that protrude beyond normal contact with the lower front teeth are prone to injury, often indicate a poor bite of the back teeth (molars), and may indicate an unevenness in jaw growth.  Thumb and finger sucking habits can also cause a protrusion of the upper incisor teeth.



Overbite refers to the extent of vertical overlap of the maxillary central incisors over the mandibular central incisors. Overbite does not refer to a lower jaw being too far behind the upper jaw (retrognathia) or a misalignment of the teeth. It is measured relative to the incisal ridges.


Crowding - An overcrowded mouth

Crowding of teeth is where there is insufficient room for the normal complement of adult teeth.



Crossbite can involve a single tooth or a group of teeth. It can be classified in anterior or posterior and bilateral or unilateral.

An Anterior Crossbite cannot be referred to as negative overjet. This condition is typical of class III skeletal relations (prognathism).

Posterior crossbite is often correlated to a narrow maxilla and upper dental arch. A posterior cross-bite can be unilateral or bilateral. Unilateral cross-bite often determines a lateral shift of the mandibular position, which can become structural if left untreated for a long time during growth, leading to skeletal asymmetries.

Open Bite

Open Bite

Openbite is when the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. Openbite may be caused by unwanted habits, such as tongue thrusting and thumb sucking.

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Types of Adult Braces

Indirect Bonding Braces

Indirect bonding is the most frequently used orthodontic option, as the results are reliable, and the process is usually relatively cost-effective.

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Clarity Ceramic Braces

Clarity Advanced Ceramic Brackets are translucent ceramic, low profile brackets that and blend with your teeth. They are very subtle and discreet.

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Harmony Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are truly hidden, in that they are positioned behind your teeth, straightening your smile and correcting your bite while virtually invisible!

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Clear Teeth Aligners

Clear Removable Aligners system uses a series of clear aligners that fit over the teeth and gradually straighten them. No braces or wires are used.

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