What is Malocclusion?

Ever feel like your bite is a little off center? Maybe you have no pain and have no trouble chewing, but your teeth could be wearing unevenly and at an accelerated rate. Your uneven bite can be characterized by malocclusion. Malocclusion is the misalignment of a bite or unfavorable placement of teeth.
Though malocclusion does not hinder functions of the mouth, it can lead to accelerated wear on the teeth – ultimately reducing the size, shape and strength of those teeth that contribute to face shape. It also contributes to decreased longevity of the teeth, which can advance deterioration and jeopardize dental health. Malocclusion can also be characterized by visual spacing or crowding in your smile, an uneven bite or a chipped, cracked or broken tooth resulting from misalignment.
Malocclusion is really nothing more than the position of the teeth not being ideal. When the teethdon’t line up the way they’re supposed to, the chewing system doesn’t work the way Mother Nature intended it.
If you have a car whose front end is out of alignment, is the car functional? Absolutely.
What happens is the tires can wear out too fast and they’ll wear unevenly, leading to an unsafecondition. If you have malocclusion, the same thing is true. Can you bite? Yes, but the teeth wearout too fast and they’ll wear unevenly, leading to an unhealthy situation.
If any of these apply to you, please call our office and schedule an appointment so we can help offer you alternatives that best suit your individual needs!
Call today and setup an appointment so that you can come in and talk to us. Let us evaluation your situation and see which option may be the best for you.
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