Misalignment of the teeth, also known as malocclusion, occurs when a person’s mouth is too small for their teeth causing them to shift due to overcrowding. It can also become an issue for someone whose upper and lower jaws aren’t the same size which causes an overbite or underbite.
Normally misalignment is detected early in childhood years so an orthodontist can make adjustments to the direction in which the teeth grow. However, adults can still be treated by an orthodontist, but it may take longer to correct the position of the teeth and more expensive.
There are a number of different factors that can cause misalignment, some of which are genetic and others environmental. For example, early loss of baby or adult teeth, improper dental restorations fitting, gum disease, or excessive pressure on the teeth or gums. Other common causes of misalignment, specifically for children, include the use of a pacifier or baby bottle after the age of three, thumb sucking, and tongue thrusting.
Misaligned teeth and bites can be associated with both physical and psychological problems. These issues have been found to:
Many people are unaware that their misaligned teeth or bite can have a negative effect on their oral health. Dr. Ralhan can help you determine which route to take when it comes to treating your misalignment. He will take X-rays or your face, mouth, and teeth so he can examine the positions of each tooth and their roots, as well as possible teeth that haven’t come through the gums yet. Dr. Ralhan will then create impressions of your teeth to help with further treatments.
After officially diagnosing your misaligned teeth or bite, we will suggest one of the following treatments, depending on your case: