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Common Orthodontic Treatments in Mesa & Gilbert, AZ

Macdonald Orthodontics

Crowding of the teeth

Crowding of the teeth - Before |Macdonald Orthodontics
Crowding of the teeth - After |Macdonald Orthodontics

Patient started treatment at age 11 and wore braces for 26 months. He loves his new smile.

Open bite - Front teeth don't touch

Openbite - Before |Macdonald Orthodontics
Openbite - After |Macdonald Orthodontics

Patient sucked her thumb as a young child. She started treatment at age 13. She had braces and a special appliance—called a crib—to retrain the tongue, for 28 months. Now she can bite the lettuce out of a sandwich.

Deep overbite - Lower front teeth bite into palate

Deep overbite - Before |Macdonald Orthodontics
Deep overbite - After |Macdonald Orthodontics

This adult patient, age 25, required braces and jaw surgery to correct his severe overbite, with treatment taking two years. His problem could have been corrected without surgery if he had been treated before he was a teenager.

Missing lateral incisors

Missing lateral incisors - Before |Macdonald Orthodontics
Missing lateral incisors - After |Macdonald Orthodontics

This patient's lateral incisors were congenitally missing. She had braces for 20 months to move the teeth into their correct positions, then the missing teeth were replaced with bonded "Maryland" bridges.

Underbite - Lower front teeth in front of upper teeth

Underbite - Before |Macdonald Orthodontics
Underbite - After |Macdonald Orthodontics

Patient's underbite was causing her jaw joint discomfort and excessive wear patterns on her teeth. After about 30 months of treatment starting at age 32, she now finds smiling and chewing much easier.

Spacing of teeth

Spacing of teeth - Before |Macdonald Orthodontics
Spacing of teeth - After |Macdonald Orthodontics

Patient was bothered by the spaces between his teeth. Braces closed the spaces and gave him an ideal bite in 24 months. Special glued-in retainers help keep the spaces closed.

Overjet - Protruding front teeth

Overbite - Before |Macdonald Orthodontics
Overbite - After |Macdonald Orthodontics

At age ten, patient had a big overjet with the top teeth protruding beyond the bottom. She had two phases of treatment. The first helped her jaws to grow more harmoniously and the second aligned her teeth and bite. At age 13, she was proudly displaying her new smile.

Non-braces treatment

Non braces treatment - Before |Macdonald Orthodontics
Non braces treatment - After |Macdonald Orthodontics

Sometimes braces are not needed to get noticeable improvements in tooth alignment. This patient was first seen at age seven for crowding of the lower permanent teeth. A procedure was performed to reduce the width of the adjacent baby teeth and the permanent incisors aligned on their own in nine months.


Phase 1 - Before |Macdonald Orthodontics
Phase 1 - After |Macdonald Orthodontics

Patient's parents were concerned about both aesthetics and the health of the erupting permanent teeth when they brought him to the orthodontist at age eight. The lower front teeth were crowded and touching the palate, and the upper front teeth were extremely displaced from their normal positions. After 12 months of Phase-One treatment with an expander and partial braces, patient's appearance and dental function were vastly improved.

At Macdonald Orthodontics, we love creating quality smiles and helping you achieve optimal oral health by using the latest up to date techniques available in Arizona. Please contact our Mesa or Gilbert office to schedule an appointment. We understand that you have a busy schedule, and we will work with you to make sure each practice visit is as convenient as possible.


Our Mesa orthodontic office is central to Scottsdale, Tempe and Paradise Valley. The Gilbert orthodontic office is located near Chandler, Apache Junction and Queen Creek neighborhoods.