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Common Problems

At Space Center Orthodontics, our Clear Lake and League City orthodontist, Dr. Vijay Bhagia and his amazing team proudly help patients of all ages achieve the straight and healthy smiles they deserve. Whether you live in League City, Clear Lake or in one of the neighboring communities of Galveston, Webster, Nassau Bay, Friendswood, Seabrook, Dickinson, Kemah, El Lago or Texas City, we can help you get the remarkable smile you’ve been dreaming of! Below is an overview of some of the most common orthodontic problems that can be corrected with Clear lake braces or Invisalign.

Upper Front Teeth Which Protrude

If your upper front teeth protrude, this condition can affect both the appearance and function of your teeth. In upper front teeth protrusion, the front upper teeth extend too far forward or the lower teeth fail to extend far enough forward.


An overbite is when the upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth. This can sometimes lead to the lower front teeth biting into the roof of the mouth.


A crossbite is a malocclusion in which the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth. This can cause tooth stratification (the wearing away of layers) and misaligned jaw growth. A patient with a crossbite typically must move their lower jaw forward or to the side when closing the mouth.


If you have an open bite, your may not be able to properly chew your food due to your upper and lower front teeth not overlapping properly. This type of malocclusion can lead to undesirable habits including tongue-thrusting.

Crowded Teeth

When the teeth are crowded, there is simply a lack of sufficient room for teeth to erupt through the gums. Crowded teeth can often be corrected by expansion, which in many cases can help the patient avoid the need to have healthy teeth extracted. Crowding is the most common reason for braces. It is also a problem that can easily lead to dental decay and periodontal disease as it is difficult to properly clean teeth which are too close together.

Improperly Spaced Teeth

Spacing problems may be caused by missing teeth or they may only be a cosmetic or aesthetic issue. Opposite of crowding, spacing is another main reason braces are worn.

Mismatched Dental Midlines

Dental midlines that fail to match are evident when the back bite does not fit and match appropriately. This can negatively impact proper jaw and dental function.

Contact Your Clear Lake Orthodontist

If you’re interested in improving the appearance, function and health of your teeth through orthodontic treatment, we encourage you to request a complimentary consultation with Dr. Bhagia today. Our practice provides children, teenagers and adults with exceptional orthodontic care using the latest state-of-the-art technology and types of braces to ensure each patient we serve gets the amazing smile they want and need! We look forward to welcoming you to our practice soon where we’re passionate about improving smiles, one patient at a time!