When a person’s teeth or jaw structure does not fit together properly, you’ll need to visit esteemed orthodontist, Dr. Rekha Gehani located in Jackson Heights, Queens. Orthodontic treatment with Jackson Heights pediatric orthodontist, Dr. Gehani is necessary to straighten teeth and realign the upper and lower jaws. These movements in the alignment of your teeth and jaws will help achieve ideal functioning for chewing and speaking. Common orthodontic problems seen by Dr. Gehani, such as malocclusions or bad bites, can cause speech difficulty, chewing problems, and premature wear on teeth or protective enamel.
One of the most common orthodontic problems seen and treated by Dr. Gehani is crowding. This orthodontic problem occurs when teeth have insufficient room to fully erupt from the gum. Lack of space can be the result of a jaw that is too small to fit all the teeth. Though our Jackson Heights children’s orthodontist can resolve crowding by removing permanent adult teeth, with early intervention, tooth removal can be avoided by utilizing expansion and filing between teeth.
If your primary dentist finds a problem with your bite, they’ll refer you to Dr. Gehani to correct a crossbite, overbite, underbite or openbite. A crossbite occurs when the upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth, which may caused misaligned jaw growth. Overbite is when the upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth when biting. This overclosure of the bite can cause damage to the gum tissue around the front teeth and the roof of the mouth. An openbite is when the upper and lower front teeth do not meet when biting down. Openbites are most commonly caused by consistent thumb sucking and tongue thrusting. Lastly, an underbite is characterized by the lower jaw extending out, causing the lower front teeth to lay in front of the upper front teeth. Usually caused by excessive lower jaw growth, this can cause damage to the teeth and gums. Dr. Rekha Gehani of Jackson Heights is highly skilled in treating all of the above orthodontic problems and more! To learn about the various braces and orthodontic treatments we offer our children and adult patients, please visit our specialized orthodontic practice located in Queens!