Common Problems

At Mooney Orthodontics, our team strives to provide the best that orthodontic technology can offer to O’Fallon, Missouri and surrounding communities. When the jaw structure does not align correctly, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to promote optimal jaw function and correct problems like crooked teeth. These problems are most often referred to malocclusions – bad bites. Jaw abnormalities can cause speech impediments and premature wear of the teeth and enamel. If left untreated, they can cause damage to the teeth and jaw joints, leading to an increased chance of injury.

Our treatments, like clear braces, traditional metal braces, Invisalign, and Invisalign Teen can greatly reduce risks associated with jaw structure problems, as well as promote great oral health throughout your life. Please see below for more information on common orthodontic problems.

Upper Front Teeth Protrusion

protrusion.pngThe 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.


overbite.pngThe upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth, sometimes causing the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.


crossbite.png“ font-family: 'PT Sans'; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal;The upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth.


openbite.pngProper 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.pngCrowding 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.pngSpacing problems may be caused by missing teeth, or they may only be a cosmetic or aesthetic issue.

Dental Midlines not Matched

midlines.pngThis type of problem is caused when the back bite does not fit and match appropriately, which may negatively impact jaw and proper dental function.

Come See Us!

The earlier problems are determined and corrected, the shorter treatment will be. We highly recommend that children receive their first orthodontic evaluation at age 7. If you or your child is suffering from any of the above orthodontic problems, contact us at our O’Fallon, MO office and we would love to schedule your first visit with us.

Before your visit, you can print and fill out our new patient forms, which will help us get to know you better. Our office currently serves the communities of O’Fallon, St. Peters, St. Charles, Wentzville, Lake Saint Louis, Cottleville, Troy, Chesterfield, and Greater St. Charles County, MO. We look forward to seeing you soon!