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Orthodontic Treatment in Lawrence, KS

At Hamilton, Wilson, & Hendrickson Orthodontics, Our mission is to help our patients achieve a beautiful, healthy smile in a way that works for their lifestyle. As a leading orthodontic practice serving both Lawrence and Topeka, KS, we offer treatment options ranging from metal braces to Invisalign, and we work closely with patients to personalize each and every treatment plan. Our doctors are experts in orthodontic treatment and can treat virtually any orthodontic condition, including all of the most common problems. 

The Most Common Orthodontic Problems

Most people develop an orthodontic problem, also called a malocclusion or "bad bite," in the course of their lifetime. Without treatment, these conditions can cause uneven tooth wear, increased vulnerability to dental decay, jaw problems, and a host of other issues. Most malocclusions can be grouped into a set of common orthodontic problems – all of which we can correct at our office through orthodontic treatments like braces and Invisalign.

Crowding

The most common reason for braces, crowding occurs when there isn't enough room in the dental arch to accommodate the teeth. This causes the teeth to grow in crooked, making it difficult to properly clean the teeth and leaving them vulnerable to dental decay. 

Underbite

Underbite occurs when the lower jaw sits in front of the upper jaw, usually due to a misaligned jaw. This can cause tooth wear and persistent jaw issues. 

Overbite

The opposite of underbite, this occurs when the lower jaw sits too far behind the upper jaw. In extreme cases, it may cause the lower teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.

Crossbite

This occurs when the jaw is misaligned, causing the rear upper teeth to sit inside of the lower teeth. Untreated, this can create uneven tooth wear as well as facial asymmetry.

Spacing

Spacing is the opposite of crowding, occurring when there is too much room in the dental arch for the teeth. This leaves gaps between the teeth, and while these may be a purely cosmetic issue, spacing can sometimes cause functional problems as well. 

Openbite

This condition occurs when the upper and lower front teeth don't meet when the mouth is closed, leaving a gap or opening in the teeth. It's usually caused by childhood habits like prolonged thumb sucking, although it may develop as a growth abnormality. 

Schedule a Consultation for Orthodontic Treatment in Topeka, KS

Usually, patients don't develop one condition in isolation, but rather develop a complex condition that includes features from a variety of these common problems. But no matter what the case or how complex the problem, our Topeka orthodontists can correct it and help you achieve your dream smile. Take the first step towards a beautiful new smile: schedule a consultation at our office today. We can't wait to hear from you!