Upland orthodontist Gray and Ehrler - common problemsMany common orthodontic problems are easily treated and corrected with dental appliances like braces and clear aligners. However, if ignored, these problems can become more serious and more invasive treatment may be necessary.

Our orthodontists Dr. Joseph Gray and Dr. Todd Ehrler, along with their skilled team, are proud to offer the latest in orthodontic treatment to our patients. We currently offer SureSmile, Incognito Hidden braces, and Orchestrate Clear Aligners for our patients. These treatments can decrease the risks that come with jaw structure abnormalities. See below to learn more about common orthodontic problems and how we can fix them.

Upper Front Teeth Protrusion

The appearance and function of your teeth are impacted by this type of bite. 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.


Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gum. Crowding can often be corrected by expansion, and many times, tooth removal can be avoided.


Spacing problems may be caused by missing teeth, 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.

The sooner you address any of these problems, the more effective and efficient your treatment will be. Along with the American Association of Orthodontists, we recommend that children receive their first orthodontic evaluation at age 7. Early treatment is key to quickly correcting problems before they become more serious. If you are an adult, it is never too late to start correcting your smile.

If you or your child is in need of orthodontic treatment, contact us to schedule your complimentary exam. Whether it is braces or clear aligners you are interested in, at Gray & Ehrler Orthodontic Specialists we have the tools to help correct any orthodontic problem you might have in a comfortable and efficient manner. We look forward to getting to know you!