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Orthodontic issues often go beyond the cosmetic. Many patients who need braces or other corrective appliances have problems that impede their speech, eating, and other habits. Problems with the size of their teeth and their jaw alignment can cause cascading issues if left untreated.

Read on to learn about the most common orthodontic issues, including the oral health problems that can result from them and the treatments available.

Want to find out if you or your child needs braces? Visit Reese Orthodontics in Charleston, SC for leading orthodontic care.

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Teeth Misalignment

Teeth misalignment can occur as teeth grow in. It can also crop up later in life. This issue can impact your bite as well as your oral hygiene. Here are the most common types of misalignment that you or your child may need orthodontic treatment to address:


Spacing issues commonly result from having a jaw that’s too small or too large to accommodate teeth as they come in. Small or missing teeth can also cause gaps to form that make maintaining good oral hygiene difficult. Many spacing issues can be corrected with conventional braces.


Crowded teeth are a common reason for patients to seek braces. When teeth grow too large for the size of your jaw, they can become crowded. This can lead to teeth becoming impacted and can also make it more difficult to brush and floss. Plaque and tartar can build up as a result.


The upper teeth can protrude horizontally in front of the lower ones. This is called “overjet” and often occurs when the top jaw sticks out too far ahead of the bottom one due to discrepancies in their size. This can also be caused or exacerbated by a bad thumb-sucking habit.

Bite Issues

In addition to teeth becoming misaligned, crowded, or out of place, bite issues are common reasons for orthodontic visits.


When the lower teeth stick out in front of the upper teeth, it’s called an underbite. This often results from a large lower jaw and/or a small upper jaw (also known as “malocclusion”).


The reverse of an underbite—where the lower teeth rest too far behind the upper teeth—is called an overbite. It can be so severe that the top teeth occlude the lower ones. This can result in gum and bone damage due to bite issues where the top row of teeth damage the gums below.


Openbite occurs when the lower and upper teeth don’t touch in the front when you bite down. Abnormal jaw development or excessive thumb sucking can cause an openbite. Over time, this causes pressure to be exerted on the back teeth, which wears them down more quickly and leads to problems with the bone and gums.


Crossbite occurs when some or all of the upper teeth close behind the lower teeth when you bite down. When the jaw becomes this misaligned, oral health issues can build up over time, especially as the jaw continues to grow.

Causes and Treatments for Common Orthodontic Problems

Many of the most common orthodontic issues result from natural jaw and teeth development. Discrepancies between the size of the teeth and the available space on the jaw result in many of the more common spacing, crowding, and bite issues. However, excessive thumb and finger sucking are also to blame for a myriad of issues since it affects the palette so early and so often in a child’s development. It can even change the shape of the roof of their mouth, contributing to misalignment.

Thankfully, these common issues have orthodontic solutions. Spacing issues can often be fixed with braces. However, some patients, especially if overcrowding is not an issue, may only need a removable retainer to fix their minor spacing discrepancies. Braces can also address overbites and underbites, though surgery may be necessary in extreme cases.

Other issues call for unique solutions provided by modern orthodontic appliances. For instance, a palatal expander can be used to treat crossbite while a Herbst appliance can correct an overbite by coercing the lower jaw to grow more forward. 

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For orthodontic care in Charleston, SC, Reese Orthodontics offers the latest technology and treatment plans. Our advanced and comfortable orthodontic options can be customized to suit your needs. A consultation with Reese Orthodontics includes scans, a comprehensive exam, and a conversation with the orthodontist to discover which treatments are right for you. 

Schedule an appointment with us today to stay ahead of your oral health and receive the best possible care in your area.

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If you want to learn more about our orthodontic practice - where we offer extensive experience with a Board Certified Orthodontist, where we offer a satisfaction guarantee, and where we offer flexible payment options - Reese Orthodontics is here to serve you.

"Dr. Reese and staff share an inviting personality with a clean and professional atmosphere. I am very happy with the service, the product and the final result. I would encourage any of my friends and family to consult with Dr. Reese around their Orthodontic needs."
- Austin H.
"It has been a great experience all around getting braces at Dr. Reese Orthodontics. It's a great office with wonderful and friendly staff. I am extremely happy with the results. Can't say enough good things about Dr. Reese and his staff. I highly recommend him!"
- Nicole S.
"Dr. Reese and his staff was referred to me by a friend, and I highly recommend them! They were friendly, professional, helpful and quick to respond. I could not be happier with the results of Invisalign. I wore them about 7 months and my teeth are as straight as can be. Thank you for the great care and results!"
- Dancy E.
"I chose the absolute perfect orthodontist to perfect my smile. Dr. Reese has a personality that calms you and removes the anxiety that may come with the process. Dr. Reese is a true artist. I am so excited with my new smile. Dr. Reese accomplished the goals I was looking for and I am forever grateful. Thank you Dr. Reese!!!"
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- Harsha P.
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Dr. Reese McElveen, our award-winning orthodontist in Charleston, South Carolina has transformed the smiles of over 11,000 patients. Reese Orthodontics offers the most advanced orthodontic care for children and adults. Types of braces and orthodontic treatment include metal braces, clear braces, gold braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Damon Braces, SureSmile. Dr. Reese can even help you achieve your confident smile faster with AcceleDent.

Call 843.573.7279 today to schedule your appointment with our board certified orthodontist in Charleston, SC, at our conveniently located Charleston orthodontic office. Come experience Reese Orthodontics and you will see for yourself that we offer innovative and effective orthodontic care in Charleston, Downtown Charleston, West Ashley, James Island, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Johns Island, Goose Creek, Hanahan and Ladson, South Carolina (SC).