Malocclusion is the medical term used to describe crooked teeth and misaligned jaws. It is one of the most common dental problems seen by dentists and can affect your ability to perform normal tasks such as speaking and eating properly. In this blog, we'll explore what malocclusion is, how it's diagnosed, and what treatment options are available for those suffering from this condition.
Malocclusion occurs when the upper and lower sets of teeth do not line up correctly. This can range from mild cases that cause no noticeable problems to more severe cases in which the jaws may be significantly out of alignment. Some of the most common causes of malocclusion include missing or extra teeth, tooth decay, thumb sucking, poor nutrition, genetics, enlarged adenoids or tonsils, and physical trauma.
Diagnosing malocclusion begins with a routine dental exam. During this exam, your dentist will check the development of your teeth and jawbone structure. X-ray imaging may also be used to get a better view of any underlying issues that could be causing malocclusion. After diagnosing the problem, your dentist may recommend further tests such as an occlusal analysis or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) examination in order to determine the best course of treatment for your particular situation.
Once a diagnosis has been made, there are various treatments available for correcting malocclusion depending on its severity:
Braces - Generally considered to be one of the most effective treatments for mild to moderate cases of malocclusion; braces help straighten teeth over time by applying consistent pressure.
Retainers - Worn after braces have been removed in order to maintain proper tooth alignment and keep them from shifting back into their original positions.
Palatal Expanders - Also known as orthodontic expanders; these appliances work by gradually widening a patient's jaw so that more room is created for their upper set of teeth.
Surgery - In cases where other methods have not been successful at correcting severe malocclusions; surgery may be used in order to reshape bones or realign existing structures within the mouth in order to restore proper function.
No matter what type of treatment you're considering for yourself or your child's malocclusion; it's important that you consult with a qualified dentist who can devise a customized plan based on your individual needs and goals for achieving optimal oral health. If you feel you have malocclusion call us at Cool Dental today and we can schedule a consult and explore your treatment options.
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