The topic of this post from The Addison Dentist is malocclusion, which literally means “bad bite.” Many cases of malocclusion are treatable with clear braces.
Edward Angle, a pioneer in modern orthodontics coined the term malocclusion. Malocclusion is fairly common, but most cases are so slight that it causes no troubles.
When you combine multiple teeth on two arches and a jaw joint with a considerable range of motion, it is easy to see how these elements can fail to align properly. In fact, it is a wonder that they work correctly for most people – allowing them to talk, eat, and breathe without giving it a second thought.
There are many causes of malocclusion – some originating with the teeth and some originating with the jaw. Misshapen teeth, extracted teeth, impacted teeth, crowded teeth, and widely spaced teeth can influence the bite. Injury to the jaw can also cause malocclusion as well as improperly fitting restorations and other dental appliances.
Children with a normal bite can develop bite troubles with prolonged pacifier use, thumb sucking or bottle drinking. In rarer cases, oral tumors can move a bite out of alignment.
The treatment for malocclusion depends on the cause. Orthodontics can move teeth into alignment to correct bite troubles. Clear braces are an increasingly common treatment. They are effective in many cases, and patients love them because they are so subtle. They are also removeable, so they can come out at mealtime and when you brush your teeth.
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