Common Problems

Braces & Invisalign in Littleton, CO

At Inspire Orthodontics, we're proud to create beautiful, healthy smiles every day, and we work with our patients to help those smiles last a lifetime. As a leading orthodontist serving the Littleton and Highlands Ranch, CO areas, we're proud to treat patients of all ages and offer a variety of orthodontic treatment methods. Dr. Housewright and our highly trained team of orthodontic specialists are prepared to treat everything from mild to the most serious cases, including any example of a common orthodontic problem.


underbiteAn underbite occurs when the lower jaw juts out past the upper jaw, causing the upper front teeth to sit inside the lower front teeth. This can impair proper jaw development and cause major bite problems.  


crossbiteCrossbite occurs when the upper teeth, particularly in the back of the mouth, sit outside the upper teeth. Untreated, crossbite can impair jaw development and cause tooth stratification, jeopardizing the health and function of the teeth. Often, patients with crossbite move their lower jaw forward or to the side when closing the mouth.

Upper Front Teeth Protrusion

protrusionThis problem is similar to overbite, but instead of the jaw, it's only the front teeth that jut forward too far. This can impact bite function and the appearance of the smile, and it also puts the teeth at an increased risk of trauma.


overbiteOverbite is the opposite of an underbite, characterized by the upper jaw extending too far forward past the lower jaw. In extreme cases, the lower front teeth may bite into the roof of the mouth. Overbite affects both the function and appearance of the smile.  


crowdingCrowding is among the most common orthodontic problems, forming when there's not enough room in the jaw to fit all the teeth. Crowding impacts the appearance of your smile and also makes it harder to keep your teeth clean, jeopardizing the health of your teeth in the long-term.  


spacingSpacing is the opposite of crowding, occurring when there's too much room in the jaws. Spacing may be a cosmetic issue or may affect the function of the teeth.  


openbiteOpenbite is a malocclusion where the upper and lower front teeth don't meet when the mouth is closed, leaving an opening in the smile. Openbite can be caused by certain habits like tongue thrusting or prolonged tongue thrusting, and it can impair chewing, speaking, and the look of your smile. The best way to correct open bite is through early orthodontic evaluation. 

Dental Midlines not Matched

midlinesIn this condition, the back bite doesn't line up properly. This can impair jaw development and hinder normal bite function, putting the teeth and jaws at risk.

Schedule a Consultation with Your Highlands Ranch, CO Orthodontist

While these conditions can cause major problems if left untreated, they're all minor issues and can be easily corrected with proper orthodontic treatment. If you feel you may be suffering from any of these common orthodontic problems, feel free to call us at (303) 754-0040 or request an appointment online to schedule your complimentary consultation. We look forward to correcting your orthodontic problems and helping you achieve the smile of your dreams!