What is Malocclusion of the Teeth?


Malocclusion | Teeth Straightening | Manchester Orthodontics

As an orthodontic practice we deal with all kinds of cases walking through our doors. With expert and fully trained consultant orthodontists, our patients leave with the smile of their dreams. A common case we see a lot is malocclusion, but what exactly is this?

A malocclusion is a misalignment or incorrect relation between the two dental arches when biting down. Symptoms of having malocclusion are improper alignment of the teeth, frequent biting of the inner cheeks or tongue and discomfort when chewing or biting. It can also alter the appearance of your face, 

Learn more about an ideal bite in the video below.


How is it caused?

Malocclusion is typically caused by issues with the shape or size of the jaw and/or teeth. A predominant cause is having too little room in the jaw, so essentially an overcrowding of teeth. If a child's jaw is small then their teeth may grow in a crowded or crooked fashion, whereas if there is too much space in the jaw then gaps are very likely. 

Can it be fixed?

Absolutely! Just because malocclusion of the teeth is considered a serious case doesn’t mean it can’t be resolved. Our orthodontists have years of training and knowledge which means they’ll be able to perform the best treatment for you with the greatest results. 

Dental malocclusion can be corrected orthodontically through a variety of braces including metal braces, ceramic braces, clear aligners such as Invisalign, and lingual braces. In some cases, patients may have to have some teeth extracted to allow for more room in their mouth but this will be discussed before treatment starts. 

The best way to find out if you have malocclusion is by arranging a consultation with an orthodontist, who will talk you through your case more specifically and how it can potentially be corrected. At Northenden House, we offer a free initial examination which can then be followed by a full consultation including x-rays and impressions.

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