What Is Dental Malocclusion?
Dental malocclusion is a blanket term used to describe when your upper teeth and lower teeth aren’t properly aligned, including underbite, overbite, crossbite, and open bite. If it isn’t treated, a bad bite can increase your chances of developing tooth decay, gum disease, TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder), and sleep disorders. At ACE Dental of Cove, our expert dental team is qualified to diagnose malocclusion in men, women, and children of all ages. Dental malocclusion can be treated with orthodontic care, which can bring the teeth back into alignment. To learn more about dental malocclusion and treatment options, contact our Copperas Cove, TX office for more information.
Occlusion (or bite) is classified into one of three categories, depending on how the teeth are aligned.
- Class I is considered “normal,” and it is characterized by teeth that fit together properly. When people undergo orthodontic treatment, they are typically working toward this classification.
- Class II is when the upper teeth and jaw jut out, making the chin and lower jaw appear to recede.
- Class III occurs when the chin and bottom jaw jut out, causing the lower teeth to overlap the upper teeth and jaw.
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Do You Have Malocclusion?
People who have an overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, or narrow arches may have dental malocclusion. Other forms of malocclusion include crooked, crowded, or rotated teeth. Misaligned teeth are often genetic, but they can be worsened by trauma, teeth grinding, and thumb-sucking. Malocclusion can lead to worn, broken, or chipped teeth, in addition to difficulty speaking and chewing. It can also put extra pressure on your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and increase the risk of tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease, and sleep apnea.
How Is Dental Malocclusion Treated?
The most common treatment for malocclusion is orthodontic therapy. These options may include traditional metal braces, retainers, or clear aligner trays. Patients will severe crowding may need to have one or more teeth extracted before they can receive orthodontic services. Our highly trained dentists will use advanced cone beam CT scan technology to best evaluate your malocclusion and discuss your available treatment options. At ACE Dental of Cove, we are proud to offer Invisalign orthodontic aligners to our patients, and depending on the severity of your malocclusion, we may refer you to another specialist to better address your needs. In extreme cases, we may recommend surgical methods to align your jaw position for better function.
Following Treatment for Malocclusion
Orthodontic treatment for malocclusion may take several years as your teeth are gently moved into position. After your teeth have reached the proper placement, a retainer may be required to keep your teeth from drifting back into their old places. As you undergo treatment and after your care is finished, it is important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine, including daily brushing and flossing, in addition to biannual dental cleanings. Our talented dental team will evaluate the position of your teeth when you come to ACE Dental of Cove for regular checkups.
Insurance Coverage for Malocclusion
Insurance coverage for orthodontics may vary, depending on your dental insurance provider and your personal plan. A member of our insurance team will contact your insurance provider to discuss your coverage and determine any portion that may not be covered. ACE Dental of Cove accepts several methods of payment, and we can help you secure low-interest medical financing to help your dental care match your budget.
Treat Malocclusion With Personalized Care
Malocclusion and bite issues can alter the appearance and function of your mouth. The expert dental team at ACE Dental of Cove will work with you to diagnose and treat your malocclusion to provide you and your family with beautiful, comfortable smiles. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact our Copperas Cove, TX office today.