Orthodontic Treatment is available by our Pediatric Dentists. Malocclusion is a term often used on the world of Orthodontics literally meaning “bad bite.” Malocclusion refers to teeth that are crooked or misaligned and exhibit fault in regards to the relation between the two sets of teeth, top and bottom. This can be caused by damage to facial bones or the teeth themselves, frequent thumb sucking, improper development, or unknown reasons.
Malocclusions, generally, have no physical health effects as they are a variation in normal positioning of the teeth–not a disease. It may, however, have an impact on facial shape and appearance of one’s teeth, which may cause a lack in self-confidence or even depression. If the malocclusion is severe enough, it may even have an affect on one’s ability to eat, speak, or keep one’s teeth clean.
Orthodontic treatment may be able to help people with many different Malocclusion problems:
Front teeth protrusion – Orthodontic Treatment may do more than improve appearance, but may help to protect teeth from becoming damaged. Protruding teeth are more likely to be injured in the event of a fall or during sports activity.
Crowding – Some people’s jaws are narrow leaving insufficient space for teeth to develop properly. In these cases one or more teeth may need to be removed, in order to make enough room for others to grow in properly.
Impacted teeth – The adult teeth are in the wrong position when they come through.
Asymmetries – Upper teeth and lower teeth are mismatched, most noticeable when the teeth are showing while the mouth remains closed.
Deep bite (overbite) – The upper teeth come down to far over the lower teeth while the teeth are clenched.
Crossbite – Upper teeth bite inside of the lower teeth when clenched.
Open bite – An opening is present between the upper teeth and lower teeth when clenched.
Underbite – Either the lower teeth appear too far forward or the upper teeth too far back.
Spacing – Gaps or spaces are present between teeth. This may be due to a missing tooth or (opposite of crowding) there is too much space in the mouth for the teeth to fill the space.
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