Common Problems

Dental Treatment

At Adams Orthodontics, our mission is to help patients throughout Valdosta, Thomasville, Tifton, and the surrounding areas achieve a gorgeous smile through convenient orthodontic treatment. As an orthodontist serving patients of all ages, we offer a wide range of treatments ranging from braces to clear aligners, and we work hard to personalize treatment for our patients. We know every patient is different, which is why we're proud to treat a wide range of orthodontic problems – including all of the common issues below.

Common Orthodontic Problems


underbiteUnderbite occurs when the lower jaw extends out past the upper jaw. Usually, the upper front teeth will sit inside the lower teeth.


spacingSpacing problems occur when there are gaps between the teeth. Sometimes this may be due to missing teeth or improper alignment, and while it can be a purely cosmetic issue, it can also affect bite function.

Upper Front Teeth Protrusion

protrusionThis problem occurs when the front teeth jut out too far forward over the lower teeth, impacting bite function and the appearance of the smile.


crowdingCrowding occurs when there isn't enough space in the dental arch to accommodate all the teeth, causing the teeth to grow in crooked. Crowding affects bite function and can make it harder to keep teeth clean.


crossbiteCharacterized by upper teeth that sit inside the lower teeth. Crossbites can cause tooth stratification, impaired bite function, uneven tooth wear, and problems with jaw growth.


overbiteWhen the upper teeth extend too far out over the lower teeth, impairing bite function and the appearance of the smile, it is known as an overbite. In extreme cases, the lower teeth may even bite into the roof of the mouth. Depending on the severity of the overbite, it can be dangerous for the person.


openbiteOpenbite occurs when the upper and lower front teeth don't come together when the mouth is closed. Often caused by prolonged thumb sucking, openbite can affect bite function, smile, and speech.

Mismatched Dental Midlines

midlinesThis problem occurs when the back bite fits together improperly, impairing jaw growth and bite function and potentially causing TMJ issues. This condition can sometimes also require jaw surgery.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Adams

Even when severe, these orthodontic issues are routine problems, and we can effectively treat any of them through means like braces or Invisalign. If you believe you're suffering from a malocclusion (bad bite), contact us today to schedule a treatment consultation. We'll identify any orthodontic problems, create a treatment plan that works with your lifestyle, and start you towards a beautiful new smile.

Adams Orthodontics

  • Valdosta Location - 816 Northwood Park Dr., Valdosta, GA 31602 Phone: 229-247-6960 Fax: 229-247-8870
  • Thomasville Location - 415 East Jackson Street, Thomasville, GA 31792 Phone: 229-247-6960 Fax: 229-247-8870
  • Tifton Location - 1807 Old Ocilla Rd., Tifton, GA 31794 Phone: 229-247-6960 Fax: 229-247-8870

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