Information about Malocclusion

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Why is malocclusion?

Malocclusion derives from the dental term occlusion that refers to a misalignment problem of teeth and can often lead to far more serious oral health issues. Ideally, with a proper alignment of teeth they should be able to fit inside your mouth without any spacing issues. Also, your top teeth should slightly fit over your bottom teeth and maintain a zipper-like connection between bottom and top molars when in bite position. Having a form of malocclusion is very uncomfortable and can lead to the biting of one's lips, cheeks or tongue and can cause a lot of stress towards the jaw bone. Our specialists will not only diagnose and treat your crossbite, but they will guarantee that you are satisfied with your results.

Symptoms of an Malocclusion:

  • Difficulty Chewing
  • Pain while chewing
  • Visual Deformity
  • Headaches
  • Frequent biting of tongue
  • Frequent biting of lips
  • Frequent biting of cheeks
  • Improper teeth alignment
  • Speech problems
  • Breathing through the mouth instead of nose
  • Alteration in face appearance

Some of the most common forms of malocclusion are:

  • Underbites
  • Overbites
  • Crossbites
  • Openbites
  • Crowded Teeth

An underbite, also known as prognathism, is a condition where the lower teeth land in front of the upper teeth when the jaws are closed. If left uncorrected, this issue can affect both the upper incisor teeth and molars. In an ideal oral setup, the lower front teeth are supposed to lie behind the upper teeth.

An overbite is the overlap of the upper teeth over the lower teeth. On average, an overbite is around 3-5mm between the teeth. Once an overbite reaches a distance greater than 5mm it is classified as abnormal. An overbite makes up nearly 70% of the dental disorders in children.

A crossbite is a condition caused by irregularities of the occlusal surface of the tooth, where your bite lines up. It can occur on one or both sides of the jaw. There are two types of crossbites that are referred to as a buccal crossbite or a lingual crossbite. Buccal is when the teeth are tilted toward the teeth as compared to the teeth above it and lingual is when the teeth are tilted towards the tongue in comparison.

There are several forms of malocclusion. Our specialists are here to diagnose the exact type of malocclusion that you might have. They will perform the treatments necessary to cure your situation and will provide you with the proper techniques used to prevent malocclusion from coming back.

 

 

Treatment options for malocclusion include, but are not limited to:

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