How Well do Your Teeth Fit Together? A Discussion on Malocclusion

shy girl covering her teethYou probably already know that keeping your mouth clean is essential for it to continue operating properly. If you or someone close to you has ever worn braces, then you may be aware that keeping your teeth and jaws straight can also dictate the proper function of your mouth. As a dedicated orthodontist in Lake Worth, Dr. Ciro Cabal specializes in correcting the maladies that can arise from out-of-balance bite. Today, he discusses malocclusion and why correcting a crooked bite can save your oral health.

Striking a Proper Balance

The importance of balance can manifest itself in all areas of life. For instance, you may never have walked a tightrope, or even ridden a bike, but if you’ve ever taken a step, then you’ve placed your wellbeing in the hands of balance. Concerning your dental health, balance may not be as obvious, but it is arguably more important. Your top and bottom teeth are meant to rest comfortably together with the tips of your molars resting in the grooves of their opposites your upper front teeth slightly overlapping your lower teeth. Common forms of malocclusion include, but are not limited to;

  • An overbite—when your upper front teeth extend farther beyond their lower counterparts than they should. An overbite can range from barely noticeable to glaringly obvious, depending on the severity of the imbalance.
  • An underbite—when your lower teeth extend in front of your upper teeth. Because your upper teeth were meant extend further, even a mild underbite may be noticeable.
  • A cross bite—when one or more of your teeth are angled towards your cheek (buccal) or tongue (lingual) rather than straight up and down. Noticeability of a cross bite depends on the number of teeth affected and their position, but the odd angles can disrupt the precise pressure distribution your bite requires.

Orthodontic Treatment to Correct Your Crooked Bite

When your bite is crooked, your jaws must work overtime to keep your teeth aligned when biting, chewing, or speaking. The undue stress can lead to a host of dental problems, including TMJ disorder, or distress in your jaw joints, called temporomandibular joints (TMJs). If you’d like to learn more about malocclusion, or would like to speak with Dr. Cabal about correcting your misaligned smile, then call Lake Country Orthodontics today at (817) 236-7846 to schedule a consultation with your Lake Worth orthodontist. Located in the 76135 area, we proudly serve families from Lake Worth, Azle, Saginaw, Springtown, Weatherford, Haslet, Lake Worth, and all surrounding communities.