Malocclusion means the misalignment of your teeth. If a dentist or orthodontist has said you have malocclusion of the teeth, they are saying that there is a problem with your bite or crowding of the teeth. Occlusion is the alignment of your teeth. Mal means anything that deviates from the norm: Malocclusion.
Should you be concerned?
The way that your teeth align is important for many reasons. The top teeth protect your cheeks and mouth. Your bottom teeth protect your tongue. If there is misalignment of the teeth, there could be complications including: discomfort, issues chewing, speech difficulties, lisp, mouth breathing and more. Malocclusion can cause many oral health and cosmetic issues. It is advisable to speak with an orthodontist as soon as you can for possible treatment options. The earlier you seek treatment, the better.
Malocclusion is a common problem that has been treated at Huerter Orthodontics many times. Don’t worry. We can help!
What type of malocclusion do you have?
There are three different types of malocclusion that can cause different issues. Your orthodontist can explain each class in more details, but here is a brief overview of each:
- Class 1 – When the upper teeth overlap the bottom teeth. Class 1 malocclusion is the most common form of misalignment. This is diagnosed when the overbite is only slightly abnormal.
- Class 2 – When the upper teeth and jaw drastically overlap the bottom teeth. This is often times referred to as a severe overbite.
- Class 3 – When the lower jaw is pushed forward, causing the bottom teeth to stick out farther than the top teeth. This is called an underbite.
What causes malocclusion?
The most common reason people have malocclusion in all classes is genetics. Other reasons include thumb sucking and frequent pacifier use after the age of three, injuries to the jaw, poor dental work, abnormal teeth, and a tumor in the jaw. Unfortunately, certain habits can change the way the jaw is formed.
What can be done to help?
No two cases are exactly alike. The first thing to do is visit Huerter Orthodontics for a free assessment. Dr. Tom will make recommendations to treat and have a unique plan that’s right for you. Braces can help with the alignment of your teeth. Tooth removal could be part of the treatment plan, as well as reshaping or bonding of the teeth. Some cases require surgery. Surgery may be unnecessary if orthodontic treatment can correct the problem. With the latest advances in orthodontics, this is sometimes the case. It all depends on the person. The earlier you can treat the problem, the better.
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