Common Problems

Quality Orthodontic Treatment in Tacoma, WA


At Douglas Knight Orthodontics, we're proud to help patients throughout the greater Tacoma, WA area achieve beautiful, healthy new smiles. Our Tacoma orthodontist, Dr. Douglas J. Knight, works with every patient individually to design a customized treatment plan, and our team strives to make the treatment process as pleasant as possible. We offer a variety of orthodontic treatments and can treat virtually any orthodontic problem, including these common issues. 

Common Orthodontic Problems

While orthodontic conditions can vary dramatically from patient to patient, most patients suffer from one of a few common problems:

  • Crossbite: Crossbite occurs when the jaw grows out of alignment, causing the upper teeth to sit on the inside of the lower teeth.
  • Crowding: The most common reason for braces, crowding occurs when there isn't enough room in the dental arch to accommodate the teeth, causing them to grow in a crooked alignment. 
  • Overbite: Overbite occurs when the upper jaw protrudes out too far past the lower jaw. In extreme cases, the lower teeth may hit the roof of the mouth. 
  • Underbite: The reverse of overbite, this occurs when the lower jaw sits ahead of the upper jaw.
  • Spacing: In some cases, patients may develop wide gaps between the teeth. This is often a purely cosmetic issue, but may also impact bite function. 
  • Upper Front Teeth Protrusion: This occurs when the upper front teeth protrude out too far past the lower teeth. 
  • Mismatched Dental Midlines: Caused by an improperly aligned backbite, this can affect the alignment of the teeth and the jaws. 

Schedule a Consultation with Your Tacoma, WA Orthodontist

Without proper treatment, these problems can impair the health, function, and appearance of your smile– but thankfully, the team at Douglas Knight Orthodontics is well-equipped to treat them. Contact us today to learn more about our orthodontic treatments or request an appointment online to get started with your consultation. We can't wait to hear from you, and we're excited to help you achieve a beautiful new smile through orthodontic treatment.