The term malocclusion refers to an incorrect relationship between the maxilla (upper arch) and the mandible (lower arch), or to an overall misalignment of the teeth. A malocclusion is such a common condition that most individuals experience one, to some degree, at some point in their lives. In most cases, poor oral habits and genetic influences play a significant role in the development of disaligned teeth.
An orthodontist is typically required to treat moderate malocclusions. Dentists who specialize in the treatment of malocclusions as well as other facial irregularities are called orthodontic dentists.
When a severe malocclusion occurs, there may be skeletal disharmony in the lower face due to the malocclusion. An orthodontist may work in conjunction with a maxillofacial dentist in order to reconstruct the jaw in a more extreme case. Malocclusions can be treated at any time. The results of orthodontic realignment procedures have been delighted with by adults and children alike.
The following are some reasons to seek orthodontic treatment:
Dental braces usually fix malocclusions. An orthodontist takes panoramic x-rays, conducts a visual examination, and takes bite impressions before determining the best course of treatment. A malocclusion caused by overcrowding may require an extraction by the orthodontist in order to create enough space for realignment. Underbite, crossbite, and overbite, on the other hand, can be treated with several different orthodontic appliances, including:
Whenever you have questions regarding malocclusions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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