Only your favorite movie star can have that perfect white smile. Although it has always been your dream to have a beautiful set of teeth, your teeth just didn’t grow where they should. Teeth alignment, though it may seem superficial, actually has more purpose than people know. Proper teeth alignment is what keeps us from biting our lips and cheeks when we speak and when we eat. When your teeth are correctly aligned, you can eat and talk properly. It is also easier to clean teeth that are correctly aligned to help prevent the growth of bacteria.
Poorly aligned teeth are also referred to as another case of malocclusion. This means that the teeth on the upper jaw do not align well with the teeth in the lower jaw. Some malocclusion is cases of an overbite while others suffer from an underbite. Dentists also deal with patients with uneven bites. Malocclusion may seem like a simple case of uneven teeth, but it causes various problems including lisping, painful jaws, unhealthy gums, and difficulty in mouth breathing.
Who suffers from malocclusion?
Children who suffer from malocclusion may have inherited it from their mother or father. The size and shape of their face, including the size of their jaw and teeth, can all affect the possible teeth misalignment that they have. Some children develop the problem due to unhealthy eating habits including the use of a pacifier or the prolonged use of a feeding bottle. Losing baby teeth too early or too late including thumb sucking can also cause teeth misalignment.
Whether the problem has been inherited or something they have developed over the years, malocclusion in children result in misplaced, crowded or even oversized teeth. Sometimes, the misalignment becomes worse than the jaws shift causing it to make a sound whenever you eat or speak. It isn’t just about the annoying sound, but it could come with pain too.
How do you know it is malocclusion?
Only your trusted family dentist will be able to help you diagnose if it is malocclusion or not. Also, the dentist will be able to help you identify various treatment options to get it fixed. Most general dental practitioners often refer their patients to orthodontic practitioners. They are also dentists, but they have undergone specialized training. They know how to diagnose, prevent and treat dental problems that may lead to facial issues in the long run.
Don’t wait until your child grows all his permanent teeth before you seek the help of orthodontics. It is easier, faster and less expensive to fix a malocclusion problem early during childhood. Here at Sydney Road Dental Care, we make sure that you are provided with treatment options that will fit your preference and your budget. Come and visit and we’ll help you with your dental concerns.