Cook Orthodontics

22032 El Paseo
Suite 210
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
Phone: 949-589-7820
Fax: 949-589-2301

Common Problems

Orthodontic Problems Corrected by Our Rancho Santa Margarita Orthodontist

Thank you for considering Cook Orthodontics as your Rancho Santa Margarita, CA orthodontic practice. Dr. Debra Cook is a leading Orange County family orthodontist that offers a variety of treatments designed to treat all of the unique orthodontic conditions that our patients of all ages experience. We believe that every patient deserves the chance to achieve and maintain the smile of their dreams, regardless of his or her age or orthodontic problem.

From her time spent perfecting smiles and jaw alignment of patients in Rancho Santa Margarita and the surrounding towns of Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, and Ladera Ranch, CA, Dr. Cook has seen a variety of common problems our patients experience prior to beginning treatment. Learn more about these common issues below and see what Cook Orthodontics can do to improve your smile!




An underbite is characterized by the lower jaw extending out, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth.


Spacing problems may be caused by missing teeth, or they may only be a cosmetic or aesthetic issue.

Upper Front Teeth Protrusion

The 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.


Crowding 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.


The upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth.


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


Proper 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.

Dental Midlines not Matched

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

Schedule an Appointment with Cook Orthodontics

Dr. Cook offers high quality orthodontic treatments to correct the common orthodontic situations above including Invisalign, clear braces and Acceledent for patients of all ages. If you are interested in improving your smile or the smile of a family member at our Rancho Santa Margarita orthodontic office, please contact us at 949-589-7820 and one of our team members would be happy to assist you. We look forward to seeing you soon!