Want a Straighter Smile? A Guide on Malocclusion

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Malocclusion is the technical term for misalignment of the teeth. The term covers problems such as crowded teeth, crooked tooth growth or an overbite/underbite. Difficulties associated with malocclusion include an inability to clean all tooth surfaces adequately, problems with speech development, frequent biting of the cheek or tongue and, in some cases, jaw pain. Malocclusion can damage your self-confidence and impact on your dental health. Below is some insight on the causes, diagnosis and treatment. 

How is it caused?

Most sufferers of dental malocclusion are simply born with overcrowded mouths or jaws that are too small to comfortably accommodate all of their teeth. However, there are some external factors which can affect tooth alignment. In children, a cleft lip or palate, sucking your thumb and premature loss of baby teeth can impact your teeth. Inadequate or low-quality dental work such as fillings can have a negative effect on your dental health and lead to tooth loss in adults. If the lost teeth are not replaced by dentures or a bridge this can cause the remaining teeth to move into the gaps, potentially resulting in misalignment. 

Diagnosing malocclusion 

Dentists can usually diagnose malocclusion through dental X-rays and thorough examination of the teeth. If a dentist suspects malocclusion, they will often refer you to an orthodontist for advice. Before recommending treatment, the orthodontist will make a mould of your teeth to get a clearer understanding of how your mouth and jaw are structured.  

Treatment options 

There are several forms of treatment open to you. Your orthodontist will recommend the best treatment for you based on the level of the malocclusion and the extent to which it impacts on your daily life and oral health. 

  • If there is severe overcrowding, the dentist or orthdontist could remove some of your teeth. This will then allow the remaining teeth room in your jaw to spread out and realign. 
  • Alternatively, if your teeth are growing crookedly and need correction, your orthodontist may suggest that you are fitted with braces. There are many different kinds of brace on the market and you will be able to choose the variety that best suits you. 
  • In extreme circumstances, if there is severe jaw misalignment which is negatively impacting your health you may be eligible for surgery. This is a serious procedure and you will receive advice and support from your orthodontist should it be considered necessary. 

If you suspect that you have malocclusion or if you are experiencing any pain in your teeth or jaw, make an appointment to see your dentist. 


31 August 2016

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