Common Problems

Orthodontic problems can affect anyone. Parents need to know what dental problems their child may have, as well as whether or not an orthodontist can help. Dental issues can be treated at any age but it is best if they are corrected early on so the problems do not persist and cause more damage to the teeth or gums. What are some common teeth problems that parents can watch out for in their children? Here are examples of some of the most common orthodontic problems many people have and what parents can look for. You can rest assured that Dr. Fritz has the experience as well as the technology to address all of these common issues!

Upper Front Teeth Protrusion

This 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.


The upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth, sometimes causing the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.


The upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth.


Proper chewing is impacted by this type of bite, in which the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. Openbite may cause a number of unwanted habits, such as tongue thrusting.

Other Common Orthodontic Problems


Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gum. Expansion can correct this problem, and many times, you can avoid tooth removal.


Missing teeth causes spacing problems, or they may only be a cosmetic or aesthetic issue.

Dental midlines Not Matched

This type of problem is caused when the back bite does not fit and match appropriately, which may negatively impact jaw and proper dental function.