Spotting Dental Malocclusions

Malocclusions occur when the teeth do not line up correctly, possibly causing a problem with the bite. These can be minor issues; it is normal for most patients to have a very mild overbite. The severity of malocclusion usually depends if the patient has a more severe overbite or underbite, possibly causing issues with how they eat or speak. If you or your child have what you think is a malocclusion, speak with your dentist about braces in Damascus. Continue reading for a few common ways to spot a malocclusion. dentist - office

Bite Issues and Misaligned Teeth

The most obvious way to spot a malocclusion is by the way the teeth line up. If there is an overbite or underbite, then it is clear the patient has a dental malocclusion. The severity of the bite issue can influence the procedures needed to correct the bite. If the teeth are misaligned—meaning the points of the teeth do not match up correctly—then a dentist or orthodontist may suggest further treatments. These may include braces, wisdom teeth removal, or oral surgery.

Difficulty Chewing or Speaking

When the teeth line up correctly, patients are able to chew and speak without difficulty. If severe malocclusions go without treatment, then patients may notice their teeth have difficulty matching up, and they cannot chew easily. In rare cases, patients may have a noticeable lisp due to their malocclusion. To avoid these problems, patients should see their orthodontist soon and follow the treatment recommendations.

Odd Face Shape

For severe malocclusions, the shape of a patient’s face may look odd. This may be due to a severe overbite or underbite. This type of malocclusion can affect how far the upper lip or lower jaw juts out from the face. Patients may notice they breathe mainly through their mouths. They are unable to close their lips due to the severity of their bite. In these cases, patients should see an orthodontist as soon as possible to correct the malocclusion.