The topic of this blog post from the Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry in Alexandria is malocclusion, which is the technical term for misaligned teeth, or a “bad bite.” Many cases of malocclusion can be corrected with clear braces.
Edward Angle, a pioneer in modern orthodontics coined the term. Malocclusion is fairly common, but fortunately, in most cases it is so slight that it causes no issues.
When you thnk about how many teeth we have, in a jaw joint with a considerable range of motion, it is easy to see how these elements can fail to align properly. It seems a wonder that they work correctly for most people – allowing them to talk, eat, and breathe without giving it a second thought.
There are many causes of malocclusion – some originating with the teeth and some originating with the jaw. Misshapen teeth, extracted teeth, impacted teeth, crowded teeth, and widely spaced teeth can affect the bite. Injury to the jaw can also cause malocclusion as well as improperly fitting restorations and other dental appliances.
Children with an otherwise normal bite can develop bite problems after prolonged pacifier use, thumb sucking, or bottle drinking. In rarer cases, oral tumors can move a bite out of alignment.
The treatment for malocclusion depends on the cause. Orthodontics can move teeth into alignment to fix bite troubles. Overcrowding often requires extraction of one or more teeth. Misshapen teeth that affect the bite can often be fixed with crowns or dental bonding.
Clear braces from Invisalign offer a simple solution to a bad bite. Unlike traditional braces, there are no metal brackets or wires. Clear braces look like an athlete’s mouth guard and fit much the same way. Patients love them because they are so subtle, and because they are removeable. That means you can take them out for meals and to brush your teeth. For best results, however, they must be worn most of the time.
Clear braces from Invisalign are available at the Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry in Alexandria, and work wonders on many cases of malocclusion. We also offer family dentistry services. Schedule an appointment with us today.