Normally an inherited condition, malocclusion refers to teeth that are misaligned. Because the proper alignment of teeth is needed for optimal oral and digestive health, dental professionals often suggest correcting malocclusion to help individuals avoid serious oral health complications. Healthline provides examples of malocclusion with the following:
- Crowded Teeth
- Open Bite
Each of the above-mentioned conditions represents a deviation from what dentists and orthodontists consider the ideal alignment of teeth. For instance, when teeth are positioned correctly, they fit into the mouth without any spacing concerns, and none of the teeth are rotated or twisted. Moreover, the teeth of the upper jaw overlap the teeth in the lower jaw slightly, so that the detailed ridges of the back molars fit precisely into the grooves of the opposite molars. In turn, the occlusion of teeth is important to prevent cheeks, lips and tongue from being bitten.
While the appearance of teeth is an obvious symptom of malocclusion, there are more severe symptoms to note. For example, some misalignments are serious enough to alter the shape of a person’s face. In addition, some cause individuals to experience pain or discomfort when chewing food, while others lead to the development of a speech problem. Malocclusion is also associated with mouth breathing, which can lead to dry mouth and tooth decay.
Treatment For Malocclusion
There are several classifications of dental malocclusions. Thus, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment. Rather, dentists and orthodontists work together to determine the appropriate treatment, and some cases are not treated at all. The most common ways to correct misalignments of the teeth include braces, tooth extraction to eliminate overcrowding and tooth reshaping and/or bonding. However, in some cases, surgical treatment is necessary to reshape or shorten the jaw.
At Precision Digital Dentistry, Dr. Joyce Guojun Ma leverages state of the art treatments aimed at maximizing one’s oral and overall health. This includes comprehensive dental care and digital orthodontics that provides patients with options when it comes to malocclusion.
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