Common Problems


Common Problems Addressed By Your Local Corpus Christi, Beeville, & Alice Orthodontist

Here at Star Orthodontics, we know that common orthodontic problems occur quite frequently, and many people do not realize how normal they are. Our Corpus Christi orthodontists and their teams are here to help you attain the beautiful, healthy smile of your dreams, whether with Invisalign, metal braces or clear braces. If these common orthodontic problems, often referred to as malocclusions, are left untreated, they can cause speech difficulty, premature wear of the teeth and protective enamel, and even increase the chance of injury to the teeth and jaw joints. We want all our patients to be as informed as possible about the many different common orthodontic problems that affect our mouths and how best to treat them.


underbite.jpgAlso known as a prognathism, an underbite is characterized by the lower jaw extending too far out, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth, jutting forward at an often uncomfortable position.


crossbite.jpgThis malocclusion occurs when the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth. In order to close the mouth, patients usually move their lower jaw forward or to the side when closing. This incorrect bite results in an improper use of the lower jaws and sometimes brings about facial asymmetry and even muscle soreness and headaches.

Upper Front Teeth Protrusion

This type of bite impacts the appearance and function of your teeth. It is characterized by the upper teeth extending too far forward or the lower teeth not extending far enough forward. Thumb sucking can cause the upper front teeth to protrude in younger patients.


overbite.jpgThe upper front teeth extend too far out over the lower front teeth, sometimes causing the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth. Problems often associated with an overbite include a "gummy" smile, protruding lips, and excessive incisor wear.


crowding.jpgCrowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gums. It is the most common reason for braces. Not only is crowding unattractive, but it has also been linked to periodontal problems and dental decay because it is harder to clean overlapping teeth's surfaces when brushing or flossing.


spacing.jpgMissing teeth may cause spacing problems, or they may only be a cosmetic or aesthetic issue. Spacing is another popular reason for braces. The opposite of crowding, spacing is most commonly caused by excessive jaw room for the size of the erupting teeth.

Open Bite

openbite.jpgProper chewing is impacted by this type of bite in which the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. Open bite may cause a number of unwanted habits, such as tongue thrusting or thumb sucking. An early evaluation and intervention is essential in correcting an open bite.

Dental Midlines Not Matched

Dental midlines that do not match are evident when the back bite does not fit and match appropriately. This may negatively impact jaw function and proper dental function.

Have A Question? Call Us Today!

If you have any additional questions about orthodontics, want to find out more about these common problems, or are looking to request an appointment, please feel free to contact us directly by calling (361) 992-2483. We are located in Corpus Christi, TX, but we also serve the surrounding areas including Beeville and Alice. Everyone here at Star Orthodontics is committed to helping you attain the beautiful, healthy smile of your dreams. We look forward to hearing from you soon!