Common Problems

Your Desert Ridge, AZ Orthodontist

At Arthur Orthodontics, we take pride in providing high quality orthodontic care while maintaining a fun and friendly office environment. Dr. Arthur and his highly trained team of orthodontic specialists work hard to get to know their patients on an individual level striving to craft specialized treatment plans to perfectly suit every patient's unique orthodontic needs. We use only the latest in advanced orthodontic technology, and have years of experience treating orthodontic problems - from the most complicated and difficult to the most common and routine.


There are a number of exceedingly common alignment problems that can cause bad bites, or malocclusions, in patients. Malocclusions can impair the chewing, speaking, swallowing, and breathing functions of the teeth - but thankfully, most are easy to treat. Here's a list of some of the most common orthodontic problems we see:

Upper Front Teeth Protrusion: This is characterized by the upper front teeth extending too far out over the lower teeth, impacting speech, appearance, and bite function.

Overbite: This is when the upper teeth extend out over the lower teeth, and in extreme cases, it can cause the lower teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.

Cross-bite: This is characterized by the upper teeth sitting inside the lower teeth. If left untreated, cross-bite can negatively impact jaw growth and alignment.

Open-bite: An open-bite occurs when the upper and lower front teeth don't meet, impacting proper chewing, speaking, and sometimes causing unwanted habits like tongue thrusting.

Crowding: Crowding is very common, occurring when the teeth don't have enough room to erupt properly. We can usually correct this by developing the arches using braces. As a result, orthodontics can often prevent the need to have permanent teeth extracted.

Spacing: The opposite of crowding, this happens when there is excess room for the teeth or in the absence of certain permanent teeth. Often, this is primarily a cosmetic concern.

Mismatched Dental Midline: This problem occurs when the back teeth don’t fit properly together which can impair jaw and dental growth and function.

Contact Your Glendale, AZ Orthodontic Specialist

Do you have more questions about orthodontic problems or your treatment? We're always available to speak with our patients. Feel free to reach out to us at our contact page or use our convenient online form to schedule an appointment at our Desert Ridge or Glendale, AZ office. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams!