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Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that specializes in correcting the position of the teeth and jaws. This is important, as crooked teeth are more difficult to clean properly, are at greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease, and can cause extra stress in the jaw, which can lead to headaches and TMJ disorders. In addition, crooked teeth or a misaligned bite can detract from one’s appearance.

Dr. Shelley Tretter can determine whether or not you need orthodontic treatment during an orthodontic exam. If you have any of the following types of malocclusion, you may benefit from orthodontics in Cincinnati, Ohio:

Overbite

An overbite occurs when the upper front teeth sit too far in front of the lower teeth.

Crossbite

A crossbite occurs when the upper front teeth don’t sit slightly in front of the lower front teeth when one bites together.

Underbite

An underbite manifests as lower front teeth sit in front of the upper teeth. This occurs when the lower teeth are too far forward or the upper teeth are positioned too far back.

Open Bite

With an open bite, there is space between the biting surfaces of the side or front teeth when the back teeth are biting together.

Crowding

Crowded teeth sit very close together. This can cause crooked teeth.

Spacing or Gaps

In some cases, there are gaps or spaces between the teeth because of missing teeth or another issue.

For more information about orthodontics and to schedule a visit with our orthodontist, call Shelley A Tretter DMD MS INC at 513-697-9999 today.