Edward Angle, a pioneer in modern orthodontics, invented the term malocclusion. Malocclusion is fairly common and in most cases the misalignment is so slight that it does not cause problems.
When you combine multiple teeth on two arches and a jaw joint with a considerable range of motion, it is easy to see how these elements can fail to align properly. In fact, it is a wonder that they work correctly for most people – allowing them to talk, eat, and breathe without giving it a second thought.
There are many causes of malocclusion – some originating with the teeth and some originating with the jaw. Misshapen teeth, extracted teeth, impacted teeth, crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth and injury to the jaw can impact the bite.
Children with a normal bite can develop bite problems with prolonged pacifier use, thumb sucking or bottle drinking. In rarer cases, oral tumors can move a bite out of alignment.
The treatment for malocclusion depends on the cause. Orthodontics can move teeth into alignment to correct bite trouble. Misshapen teeth that affect the bite can often be fixed with crowns or dental bonding.
If your jaw hurts or you experience unusual wear to your teeth, it is critical that you are examined by a professional. Call 616-723-8631 to schedule an appointment. Our friendly and thorough dental team has been serving patients at our comfortable Comstock Park office since 1974. We can give you more details about malocclusion, porcelain veneers, implant dentistry, Invisalign orthodontics and Zoom teeth whitening.
We can advise parents about important issues such as tooth development, thumb-sucking, water fluoridation, dental sealants, oral sports protection, and orthodontia. If you suspect that your child has any degree of malocclusion, schedule an exam ASAP. Untreated bite issues in children can inhibit proper nutrition, breathing, tooth development, and speech development.
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