Since 1993

Conditions We Treat:
Beautify your bite


Overjet is when the upper front teeth or jaw is excessively ahead of the lower teeth. This condition may be the result of poorly aligned teeth or poor jaw alignment. This can lead to inadequate ability to chew foods and lead to excessive tooth wear on the back teeth.


Underbite can occur when the lower teeth protrude past the upper front teeth. This can prevent the normal function of the front teeth and cause excessive wear on the remaining teeth. It can also cause painful jaws and joint problems.


Crossbite can occur when the upper and lower teeth or jaws are misaligned. It causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth. This can cause wear of the teeth and/or asymmetrical growth.


Teeth crowding occurs when there is simply a lack of room within your jaw. When left untreated, overly crowded teeth can get worse. Dental crowding can make cleaning difficult and lead to plaque accumulation and tooth decay.


Overbite is when the upper teeth excessively overlap the lower front teeth. This usually results in early and rapid wearing down or chipping of the lower teeth. Additionally, a deep overbite can damage your gums and cause gum recession or loss of tooth supporting structures.


Spaces between the teeth may be from missing teeth, large dental arches or genetically small tooth sizes. In some cases, spaces may be only affecting the aesthetics of the smile. In other cases, the spaces create a poor biting or chewing relationship between the upper and lower teeth. Missing teeth often result in collapsed and severely compromised bites.

Other Common Conditions We Treat

Impacted Teeth

An impacted tooth is one that fails to erupt into the dental arch. Because impacted teeth do not erupt, they should be extracted or exposed surgically. Most often, the cause of impaction is crowding or the abnormal eruption path of a tooth. Wisdom teeth and cuspids are the most commonly impacted teeth. Orthodontics is used to make adequate space and guide the eruption of the tooth into the dental arch.

Excessive Tooth Wear

Accelerated wearing down of teeth not only creates abnormal short teeth cosmetically but can also result in severe mobility or loss of teeth. Many times this occurs because teeth hit incorrectly or there is a grinding or clenching habit present.

Sleep Apnea

Inadequate biting relationships between the upper and lower teeth can lead to excessive tooth wear, chipping or breaking of teeth, gum recession, gum disease, and jaw or joint pain. Poor occlusion, biting relationships, can also affect chewing and over all health through compromised digestion processes.

Missing teeth

Missing teeth may arise from genetic variation in tooth numbers or the loss of a tooth from an accident or decay. The most common genetically missing teeth occur in the smile zone of the upper arch and adversely affect the chewing function and esthetics of the smile. Loss of a permanent tooth can lead to a collapsed bite which compromises the health of many adjacent teeth.

Buck teeth

Commonly people use the term buck teeth to convey the excessively protruded position of the upper front teeth. In dental terms we call this Overjet. This condition could be the result of poorly positioned teeth or a jaw imbalance.

Incorrect Bite

An important focus of orthodontic treatment is improvement of the bite. Our goal is to improve the way the upper and lower teeth fit together in order to decrease the likelihood of tooth wear, chipping, gum recession, or jaw pain that can result from a poor bite.

ORTHODONTICS > Conditions We Treat

Have questions? Not sure if you’re ready for braces?

We make it easy by making your consultation free.

Your first appointment with Tardy Orthodontics is easy and FREE. Simply call our office at 817-453-8826 to schedule your complimentary consultation at our Mansfield, TX or North Richland Hills, TX office. Our North Richland Hills office is just a few blocks from the Cities of Keller and Colleyville and less than 2 miles from Southlake, TX. Once your consultation is scheduled, we will send you a welcome packet with information about orthodontics as well as a dental/medical history form. Please fill out the appropriate forms before your first visit. We know that your time is valuable and this will help us keep your first visit short and sweet.


The first step is to schedule an appointment for your complimentary smile consultation by filling out our request form or by giving us a call at 817-453-8826. We look forward to assisting you on your path to a beautiful and confident smile. 


On your first visit, our experienced team will give you a tour of the office, perform a panoramic x-ray and take a series of dental photographs. These images assist us in diagnosis and treatment recommendations, but also allows us to use them to explain our treatment solutions.  


With more than 30 years combined experience, Drs. Tardy are experts in dental alignment and bite correction. On your first visit, they will complete an oral exam, discuss with you whether or not it’s time to start orthodontic treatment and help you decide what course of action is best for you. 

We offer same day starts if you would like to begin treatment after meeting with one of our board-certified specialists. Your time is valuable and we know that rescheduling can be difficult with today’s busy families. Since Tardy Orthodontics and you have already reserved time for this important meeting, it makes sense to offer same day care if you need treatment and feel comfortable moving forward. We will help advise you on the best treatment option for your situation.