Common Bite Problems


Quality Orthodontics in Mansfield, PA & Corning, NY


Conveniently located in Mansfield, PA and Corning, NY, the dental practice of Dr. Melissa Brown is a premier provider of quality orthodontic care. We offer advanced orthodontic treatment options for you, including:

The experienced Dr. Brown and her highly trained staff work hard with every patient to create a unique, personal treatment plan that effectively straightens teeth and improves oral health. If you have any of the following common bite problems, please schedule an appointment with us to see if you may be in need of braces to perfect your smile.


Crossbite.jpgThe upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause premature wear of the teeth and misaligned jaw growth. Patients with crossbites usually move their lower jaw forward or to the side when closing. This incorrect bite results in an improper use of the lower jaw and can cause facial asymmetries.


Crowding.jpgCrowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gum. It is the most common reason for braces. Crowding is most commonly caused by a lack of space for the size of the erupting teeth. Not only is crowding unattractive, but it has also been linked to periodontal problems and dental decay because it is harder to clean overlapping tooth surfaces.

Deepbite & Dental Protrusion

Overjet.jpgThe upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth, sometimes causing the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth. Problems often associated with a deepbite include a “gummy” smile, protruding lips and excessive incisor wear.


Openbite.jpgProper chewing is impacted by this type of bite, in which the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. Openbites may cause or may be caused by a number of unwanted habits, such as tongue thrusting or thumb sucking. An early evaluation and intervention is essential in correcting an openbite.


Spacing.jpgSpacing problems may be caused by missing teeth, or undersized teeth. This is another common reason for braces. The opposite of crowding, spacing is most commonly caused by excessive jaw room for the size of the erupting teeth.


underbite.jpgAn underbite is characterized by the lower jaw extending out, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth.

Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Brown Today!

The dental office of Dr. Melissa Brown is proud to offer comprehensive orthodontic care to kids, teens, and adults in Corning, NY and Mansfield, PA, as well as the neighboring communities of Horseheads and Bath, NY. Please feel free to contact us at our Corning, NY orthodontic location (607) 937-5335 or Mansfield, PA orthodontic location (570) 662-7115 for more information. A new, more confident smile can begin today!