Your Orthodontic Problems Explained

When the teeth are not in proper alignment, it is referred to as malocclusion. There are several different types of malocclusion, which can lead to more serious issues if left untreated. At Roy Orthodontics, each treatment plan is personalized to address the unique problems of each individual. Our goal is to give you a smile that is beautifully balanced, functional, and healthy. Want your common orthodontic problems explained? Read on.

Crowded Teeth

If the jawbone is underdeveloped or too small, it will not be able to properly accommodate the teeth. When this occurs, the teeth will be forced together as they try to find space. It is extremely difficult to clean between crowded teeth. As a result, those with this orthodontic condition are more prone to dental problems such as gum disease and tooth decay.

Spacing between the Teeth

In contrast to crowded teeth, spacing between the teeth occurs when the jawbone is too large. With plenty of room for the teeth to spread out, there are often large gaps between them. This can create food traps, where plaque deposits can accumulate.


Sometimes referred to as a deep bite, an overbite is present when the upper teeth significantly overlap the lower teeth. In severe instances, the lower teeth can even touch the roof of the mouth. Aesthetically, this condition can cause the face to appear short and the chin to appear too small. An overbite can lead to tooth erosion and TMJ issues if left untreated.


Conversely, an underbite is indicated when the lower jaw reaches beyond the upper jaw when in a naturally closed position. This causes the lower teeth to slightly overlap the upper teeth. If left untreated, an underbite can cause the same oral health issues as an overbite.

Protruding Teeth

Often called an overjet, protrusion of the upper front teeth makes them more susceptible to trauma. This condition can be caused by thumb-sucking or prolonged pacifier or bottle use. In many cases, the roof of the mouth changes shape as the teeth are pushed outward.

Cross Bite

If some teeth of one arch rest outside the opposing teeth, and the rest of the teeth rest inside, you have a cross bite. For example, if the upper teeth rest outside the lower teeth on the left side, and the opposite is true on the right side, a cross bite is present. This condition can lead to tooth erosion and difficulties when chewing.

Open Bite

An open bite is present if there is a large gap between your upper teeth and lower teeth when you bite down. For example, even though the molars fit together, there is still an opening between the dental arches at the front of the mouth.


Rotation occurs when a tooth tips or turns out of its proper position. This creates an issue with the way the teeth fit together, causing excessive wear and tear and other dental problems.


Occasionally, a tooth will erupt or grow where another one should be. For example, if a lateral erupts where a canine should be, and the canine erupts where the lateral should be, it is referred to as transposition. This condition will have a significant negative impact on the way the teeth fit together.

Contact Us to Learn More

If you notice any of these orthodontic problems in your child’s smile or your own smile, schedule a consultation with Dr. Carl Roy. He can help you determine the cause of your malocclusion and design a custom treatment plan to correct it. You can call us in Virginia Beach or Chesapeake, or contact us online anytime.

Dr. Carl Roy Meet Dr Roy
My sincere thanks to Dr. Roy and his team for showing me the way! My baby teeth had to be crowned for years since 2 of my adult teeth never came in. This was just one piece of the puzzle that needed figuring out. I’m proud of my smile and it shows every time I meet someone!Liz

Roy Orthodontics Locations

Virginia Beach Location

4388 Holland Rd
Ste. 200
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
(757) 471-2900  

Chesapeake Location

684 Battlefield Blvd. N
Ste. B
Chesapeake, VA 23320
(757) 549-1115

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Kathy Knopp
Kathy Knopp
00:56 10 May 18
Great orthodontist with great results. I know I can be frustrating to deal with but Dr Roy hung in there. Thank you Dr Roy
Sherrilyn Olds-Cage
Sherrilyn Olds-Cage
11:13 09 May 18
My teenage daughter and I are in treatment. We love the care and the progress we are receiving from Dr. Roy. Everyone there is kind and knowledgeable. They are going far beyond the expected to give us top-knotch service.
gabrielle hopkins
gabrielle hopkins
16:25 08 May 18
Dr. Roy and his team has been nothing short of a blessing to me. I was stationed in Virginia four years ago, I came to Dr. Roy with braces from another Orthodontist, instead of pushing me away like most doctors due to not wanting to finish another's work he was more than welcoming. Due to after care with retainers I wasnt as diligent as I should to wear them often Dr. Roy and staff always made me feel wanted and warm to start the process over. Many days I didn't want to smile, his team always brought cheer. I was actually refereed to him by someone else and I shared the candor and referred someone also. I said to myself " does anyone here have a bad day, everyone is literally always smiling". It saddens me a bit to have my braces off because I wont see their smiling faces monthly. But, if you want fair over the top treatment, Dr. Roy and staff will ensure 5 star treatment. They are truly a blessing, I wish I could give more than 5 stars.
Colman Elis
Colman Elis
13:59 02 May 18
They were always super friendly and they always knew who you were when you walked in. Everytime I was there they were fast and I'm very happy with the outcome of my teeth.
Jorene Delacruz
Jorene Delacruz
15:07 27 Mar 18
Dr. Roy & his staff are more than wonderful. I would recommend this practice 10x if I could. They are amazing at what they do, especially Dr. Roy for understanding my past situation with my teeth. I’m so grateful & happy to have been a patient here for many years. The staff knows what they’re doing and is always so nice. I can’t thank you guys enough for dealing with my crazy teeth!
Tanya Barclift
Tanya Barclift
02:49 28 Feb 18
My son was need of palate expanders and braces and Dr. Roy and his staff have been such a blessing to us! He was only 8 years of age when this was all needed and they treated him with such professionalism and ease! Dr. Roy has such a love and compassion for his patients and families! What could have been a nightmare for my son was actually the exact opposite because of his expertise in this field. Karen, Sandy and the whole office staff is amazing!!! I would highly recommend this practice who is need of their services! Thank you Dr. Roy and staff for helping our son! May God continue to bless your wonderful practice and employees!!
04:50 24 Feb 18
Everyone was so welcoming and polite. They made me very comfortable which made me want to keep coming back. I love how they put their patients first, and they do everything they can to make sure their patients’ teeth are perfect👌🏾.
Jay Wang
Jay Wang
22:04 01 Feb 18
Dr. Roy and his team took great care of my son’s teeth. They are efficient, professional and knowledgeable. Everyone has been friendly and helpful. They fixed my niece’s braces for free during her visit!
Samantha Simmons-Conaway
Samantha Simmons-Conaway
16:09 09 Jan 18
Wonderful staff. Everything was always explained thoroughly and I felt comfortableAs an older adult I had lots of trepidation about doing braces but they made process clear and I always looked forward to my visitsHighly recommend this practice. Special kudos to Tracy who is a wonderful tech and a great person
Heather Ham
Heather Ham
16:41 15 Dec 17
Dr Roy and his staff have provided Orthodontic care for both of my children. The best thing I can say about Dr Roy is he always puts the needs of the child and their long term orthodontic care first. It isn’t just about putting braces on your kids to have straight teeth for pictures it is about treating them at the appropriate age so that the care they receive is appropriate and will last them into adulthood and more importantly won’t have to be repeated when they finish growing. As a parent it was so refreshing to deal with a practice as practical and professional as Roy Orthodontics. I recommend them to anyone seeking orthodontics for their children.
Sheila Field
Sheila Field
17:12 04 Dec 17
I am thrilled with my results from Roy Orthodontics. I am happy to say that my jaw is pain free for the first time in years. My joint popped, cracked and hurt after I had braces as a teenager. Now, I not only look good but I feel good too. Thank you Dr. Roy and your amazing staff for investing your time in being the best. This team of experts will certainly give you a reason to smile!
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