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Common Problems

At Wiregrass Orthodontic Specialists, we provide a range of orthodontic services for patients of all ages in the Dothan, Enterprise, and Ozark, AL areas. Dr. John Howell, and the rest of our skilled team, specialize in high quality treatments, including metal braces, and Invisalign, to restore and maintain healthy smiles that may suffer from malocclusions, or “bad bites”.

Advanced Solutions for Common Problems

Common problems such as crowding, overbites, protrusion, and more can create issues with chewing, increase risk of injury, can cause overall damage to your teeth, and make it difficult to practice proper oral hygiene. In order to give a more comprehensive view of the types of issues we can treat, below is a list of our patients’ most common problems:


Crossbite: The upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth.

Crowding: 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.

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.

Openbite: 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.

Overbite: 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.

Spacing: Spacing problems may be caused by missing teeth, or they may only be a cosmetic or aesthetic issue.

Underbite: An underbite is characterized by the lower jaw extending out, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth.

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.

Visit Your Local Dothan, Enterprise, & Ozark Orthodontist Today

For the convenience of our patients and their orthodontic needs, we have three separate office locations, serving the greater communities of Dothan, Enterprise, and Ozark, AL. If you are experiencing any of the problems described above, or if you have any questions regarding the treatments we offer, feel free to contact us, and our friendly staff will be happy to help. To schedule your FREE new patient consultation, or your next appointment, give us a call today! We look forward to seeing you soon!