Are you familiar with the word “malocclusion?” The prefix of the word is “mal-” which means bad. “Occlusion” refers to bite. Put together the word means “bad bite.” The way in which a bite is bad or misaligned is what designates the type of malocclusion that it is. Different types of malocclusion affect the smile in different ways and are treated in different ways. Your orthodontist can help you to understand if malocclusion affects your smile and the type that it is. Dr. Cabal and his team in Fort Worth, Texas want to help you adjust your smile to get it to a healthy state.
Class one is the most common type of malocclusion. While most of the bite alignment is normal, the teeth can be overcrowded.
Class Two malocclusion is often referred to as an overbite. This is because this class of bite occurs when the upper teeth significantly overlap the bottom teeth.
This class is also known as an underbite because the teeth of the bottom jaw overlap the teeth of the upper jaw.
Reasons to Adjust
Malocclusion of any type can negatively affect your oral health. Teeth that are overcrowded can present more opportunities for harmful bacteria to hide. This can leave you at a greater risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Misaligned teeth are also at a much higher risk of tooth damage as they bump into each other at odd angles. Malocclusion can put undue strain on your jaw, which can eventually lead to TMJ disorder. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which are the joints of your jaw. Over time, strain on your jaw can lead to this painful condition. Adjusting your bite into proper occlusion can help you lower the risk of these oral health problems.
Does malocclusion affect your smile?
Malocclusion is a misaligned bite. To schedule your consultation call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Ft. Worth, White Settlement, North Ft. Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.