- When teeth are shifted to correct the bite, the patient will notice the ability to eat is different. Teeth no longer slip off each other when chewing … teeth actually meet the way they are supposed to, eliminating many problems that can occur from poor teeth alignment.
- With a malocclusion, the tendency to grind the teeth or clench the jaw is likely. This occurs very often during periods of sleep, and the patient is unaware they are even doing it. It can become a habit that transcends from night to happening during the day. And since it is a habit, the individual can be clenching and grinding without realizing it.
- Damage to teeth from grinding can mean wearing down of the enamel, dental decay, or teeth chipping or breaking … problems associated with jaw clenching can range from TMJ (a condition the affects the temporomandibular joint), headaches, neck pain, or ear aches.
Your orthodontist can recommend the best way to correct a malocclusion resulting from teeth overcrowding (very often because the jaw is unable to accommodate large or numerous teeth); poor spacing due to tooth loss or teeth that did not erupt properly; or a dental problem resulting from a habit such as thumb sucking.
Dental braces are usually the solution to move teeth to correct a malocclusion. The wires in braces are adjusted periodically allowing teeth to be shifted.
If overcrowding is the problem, extraction of one or more teeth may be suggested. This creates space for remaining teeth to be shifted to correct the bite.
It is recommended that all children see an orthodontist around the age of six or seven to ascertain the potential for a dental malocclusion. For insufficient jaw space or to correct a cross bite, a palatal expander may be the correct course of action to create much needed jaw space.
The advantages for correcting dental concerns are numerous including the ability to chew correctly allowing for eating healthy fruits and vegetables; speaking clearly and with confidence; and smiling without concerns over the appearance of your teeth.
All of these benefits will contribute to overall good health while enhancing oral health. Call 210-921-9191 to learn more about orthodontic treatment today.