Minor Orthodontic Corrections
If you suffer from insecurities due to the gap in your teeth, suffer from midline deviation, or a recessive jaw, whatever the uniqueness of your problem, we will assess and prescribe minor orthodontic corrections.
DIASTEMA (SPACE) AND MIDLINE DEVIATION
This network television correspondent had a large gap between his front teeth. The teeth were off centre and caused a midline deviation. Because television tends to magnify the size of a gap, it was desirable to have the space closed. The space also called more attention to the midline deviation and facial asymmetry.
Tooth-colored wire and plastic brackets were used because of the aesthetic demands of this patient’s vocation. During the time he was undergoing orthodontic treatment, viewers did not even realize it due to the almost invisible appearance of these appliances from a distance.
ORTHODONTICS AND BONDING
About eighteen months were required to produce this more flattering smile. Notice how no attention is called to the now seemingly minor midline deviation when the teeth are together. The final procedure was to bond the front teeth together with composite resin to keep the space from recurring. Orthodontic movement improved his smile as well as his bite.
LARGE SPACE PLUS EROSION
This 60 year old airline reservationist had an extremely large space between her two front teeth. She also had an advanced erosion that can be seen as a “ditching in” at the necks of the teeth on the upper right side.
BONDING SIX TEETH TO CLOSE SPACES
Although orthodontics is the best treatment for patients with large spaces, sometimes a compromise plan can be achieved. Success was accomplished for this patient by creating spaces between the adjacent teeth through cosmetic contouring and then closing the spaces with composite resin. The result is a totally new smile with well-proportioned teeth rather than two oversized front teeth closing the space. This procedure was accomplished in one appointment for approximately one third of the cost of crowning. The fact that the teeth did not have to be reduced for crowns, and that the erosion was also corrected with a more conservative procedure, was very important to this patient.
THIS TWENTY FOUR YEAR OLD MAN WANTED CORRECTION OF HIS UPPER JAW AND CHIN.
Recessive Lower Jaw, Recessive Chin, Gummy Smile and Open Bite
Surgery and Orthodontics
He underwent orthodontic therapy for about a year before surgery. At the time of the surgery, a wedge of bone was removed from his upper jaw to reduce his gummy smile and open bite. The lower jaw was placed in a more forward position, and his chin was advanced.
GUMMY SMILE, PROTRUSIVE LOWER JAW AND OPEN BITE
This eighteen year old woman sought correction of her high lip line and protrusive chin area.
ORTHODONTICS AND SURGERY
The patient underwent about eighteen months of pre surgical orthodontics. Surgery involved removal of a wedge of bone from his upper jaw to help reduce her gummy smile, her open bite and the protrusiveness of the lower jaw.
UPPER TEETH NOT VISIBLE
This 25 year old woman had an upper jaw problem. Her upper teeth were not visible when her upper lip was relaxed.
ORTHODONTICS AND SURGERY
After extensive pre surgical orthodontic therapy, a bone graft was constructed to lengthen her upper jaw. The patient is shown here about eighteen months after surgery. Her smile line is much closer to normal and enhances her overall appearance.