Malocclusion is the technical term for crooked teeth. When you consider all the different ways teeth can grow, it is not surprising that malocclusion occurs in multiple forms. Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park can correct malocclusion with Invisalign clear braces.
When teeth slant forward, it is called upper protrusion, but you may have heard this referred to, unkindly, as “buck teeth.”
An overbite is when the upper front teeth come down too far over the lower teeth when the mouth is closed. An underbite is the reverse impairment – the upper front teeth close further back than the lower front teeth. An open bite refers to a bite in which the upper don’t overlap the lower teeth. This can happen on the whole bite or just one side.
Tooth rotation is one of the most common types of malocclusion. Rotated teeth appear as if they are twisting out of place. Tooth rotation can create the illusion of uneven coloring because of the way light reflects off the face of teeth.
When the upper and lower palate are out of alignment to the point where the upper teeth close onto the wrong side of the lower teeth, it is called a cross bite.
In some rare cases, teeth erupt in spots where other teeth should be. This is known as transposition. For example, a canine (pointed tooth) comes in where an incisor (front biting tooth) should be.
Many people with crooked teeth are too self-conscious to smile, but aesthetics are not the only issue at play. Crooked teeth are more difficult to keep clean and can increase the chance of tooth decay, tooth damage, and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
Teeth can be aligned more easily and less obtrusively than ever before with Invisalign. Invisalign clear braces are a series of trays that gradually correct the bite and straighten the teeth. People love them because they are not very noticeable and are removable, making it easier to brush and floss.
To find out more about Invisalign clear braces from Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, please call our office. Visit our Invisalign smile gallery to see our patients’ amazing results with Invisalign. We also provide general dentistry.
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