Malocclusion is a dental concern that causes a poor bite or crooked teeth. It is a dental problem that can be treated by readjusting teeth with braces.
A person’s bite is the way the lower and upper teeth line up. For those who have a normal bite, the upper teeth are positioned slightly in front of the lower teeth.
How does Malocclusion affect a person?
Most of the time malocclusion is when a person doesn’t like the way their teeth look but it can also have an impact on self-confidence.
• In addition, crooked teeth are sometimes hard to clean
• Which can lead to tooth loss or tooth decay
• However, when malocclusion is severe, it can lead to problems with speaking and eating.
Orthodontic treatment can correct a malocclusion and that can make a person feel much better about their teeth and smile. Orthodontists use various tools and techniques to move teeth and sometimes the jaw, so that they are aligned in the right position.
What causes malocclusion?
Malocclusion is often caused by problems with the size and shape of the teeth or jaw. One of the most common causes of malocclusion is too little or too much room in the jaw. For example, if a child’s jaw is too big, the teeth may drift out of place and become crooked. Other causes of this oral condition are tooth loss, using a pacifier, and thumb-sucking.
What are the symptoms and how is malocclusion diagnosed?
With malocclusion, the main symptom is teeth that stick out or are crooked. During regular dental visits, a dentist will check for malocclusion in children. If the teeth or jaw are out of line, the dentist may suggest that the parent talk with an orthodontist. An orthodontist will do the following: ask about your child’s past health, examine the teeth and mouth, take x-rays, and make a plaster model of the teeth.
How is malocclusion treated?
One of the first steps to treat malocclusion is to remove some baby teeth. This is done to make room for a child’s permanent teeth.
• Sometimes a device is given to the child to help move the jaw into better alignment.
• Then, braces are attached to slowly move the teeth to correct the bite and put the teeth in better alignment.
• Orthodontic treatment often takes about two years. Braces often cost a lot.
• However, some dental insurance plans cover most of the cost. Always find out from your dentist first about the cost and if he or she has a payment plan.
What are the benefits of wearing braces?
There are many benefits in having malocclusion treated and wearing braces, such as an improvement in dental hygiene, brushing and flossing more effectively, enjoying an improvement in eating and drinking and noticing an increase in self-esteem and self-confidence. Having a great looking smile is an asset that helps in so many ways.