A COMMON MISUNDERSTANDING about orthodontic treatment is that it’s all about getting teeth to look straight. That’s a big part of it—and once treatment is complete, you’ll have a beautiful, straight smile!
But you’ll have more than that! You’ll also have a healthy, balanced bite that supports long-term oral and overall health.
Malocclusion Refers To An “Unbalanced” Bite
From the Latin for “bad closing”, malocclusion refers to the various ways our bites can be unbalanced. Crossbite, overbite, and underbite are all examples of malocclusion.
In some patients, malocclusion is very noticeable. In others, it may only be visible to a trained eye. Whatever the class or degree of your malocclusion, it can compromise your long-term oral health.
The Sooner We Catch Problems, The Better
There are those lucky few who naturally have a perfect bite, but the majority of us have some degree of malocclusion. You can blame heredity, but some habits during early childhood can also contribute to an imbalanced bite.
The earlier these problems are detected the easier they are to fix. We recommend that children have their first dental checkup at age 1, and an evaluation with us at age 7!
A Balanced Bite Matters
The decision to treat malocclusion is not just cosmetic. It’s an investment in lifelong health. Think of the amount of chewing you do, and how much pressure is exerted every time you bite down. If teeth are misaligned, they wear down unevenly, are harder to clean properly, and strain jaw muscles.
Malocclusion can have a serious impact on the way that you speak and pronounce words. It can also dramatically affect the shape and appearance of your face!
Options Have Never Been Better!
Start by scheduling a checkup with us, even if you don’t think your problems are severe. As we become familiar with your specific needs, we’ll discuss all the treatment options available and build a personalized care plan together.
We are dedicated to enhancing quality of life through outstanding orthodontics.
Thank you for choosing us as partners in your healthy lifestyle!
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