Dr. Daniel M. Eves, D.M.D, M.S.
Specialists in Orthodontics for Children and Adults

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500 Toll Gate Road
Warwick, RI 02886

20 Clinton Avenue
Jamestown, RI 02835

Common Problems

Quality Orthodontic Care In Rhode Island

Dr. Daniel M. Eves, DMD, MS and his team at Tollgate Orthodontics, strive to provide high quality orthodontic treatment to patients of all ages in Rhode Island. We are very knowledgeable and passionate about orthodontics and we work hard to provide each patient with a personalized treatment plan that is both effective and efficient.

Common Orthodontic Problems

A mallocclusion (or bad bite) can cause speech difficulty, premature wear of the teeth and protective enamel and can increase the chance of teeth injury and jaw injury. When your teeth or jaw structure do not fit together properly, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to straighten teeth and allow for optimal function.


In an underbite, the lower jaw extends out, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth. If not corrected at an early stage, an underbite could distort the shape and appearance of your face and even dramatically affect your speech. Correcting and underbite early can help avoid the need for surgery.

Spacing Problems

Spacing problems are caused by excess space for teeth from missing teeth, impacted teeth or abnormal tissue attachments. Correcting this problem enhances the overall appearance of your smile and improves functionality. Treatment will also help prevent gum problems.


When your upper teeth extend too far forward or if your lower teeth do not extend forward far enough, you have what is called upper front teeth protrusion. This is usually caused by the misalignment of molars, thumb sucking or tongue thrusting. It can lead to poor function of the front teeth.


Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient to erupt from the jaw and fit normally within the jaw. This should be corrected early to avoid dental decay and lessen the chances of gum disease. Treatment usually consists of palate expansion, which allows space for teeth and can prevent tooth extractions.


Crossbites occur when the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth. Early treatment is necessary because a crossbite can lead to gum disease, asymmetrical development of jaws and other consequences.


You have an overbite if your upper front teeth protrude over the lower front teeth. This can cause the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth. This can be caused by a discrepancy in the growth of the upper or lower jaw amongst other things. This problem can lead to tissue problems and joint issues.


Usually caused by habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting, an openbite occurs when the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. Overbites should be treated as soon as possible to avoid more difficult treatment options in the future.


When the back bite does not fit and match appropriately, this means your dental midlines do not match. This should be attended to as soon as possible to avoid negatively impacting your jaw and dental functions.

Schedule an Appointment

Thank you for choosing Tollgate Orthodontics for your orthodontic needs. If you would like more information about any of the problems above or would like to set up an consultation, contact our Jamestown or Warwick, RI office. Our friendly staff is always happy to help. We look forward to hearing from you!