Dental Malocclusion in Temple, TX

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What Is Dental Malocclusion?

Dental malocclusion is a condition that occurs when the top and bottom teeth or jaw do not line up properly. This misalignment may result in several orthodontic issues, such as crooked teeth, an overbite or underbite, and overcrowding. Without professional treatment, dental malocclusion may cause functional concerns or increase the risk of oral diseases, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems, and even sleep disorders. Our well-trained general dentists can diagnose dental malocclusion and recommend orthodontic treatment options to help Temple, TX children and adults enjoy improved oral function and appearance. Schedule a consultation at ACE Dental of Temple for more on dental malocclusion and how our team might help bring your teeth into better alignment.

Occlusion Classifications

The way in which the upper and lower teeth fit together when you bite down is known as occlusion and is classified in three general ways:

  • Class I occlusion is observed when the top teeth fit over the bottom teeth in a balanced, even relationship. This is often regarded as "normal" and is what orthodontic treatments typically try to achieve.
  • Class II occlusion occurs when the top teeth and jaw overlap the lower arch, leaving the chin and lower jaw recessed.
  • Class III occlusion is diagnosed when the lower arch juts out beyond the upper teeth and jaw, often giving a protruded look to the profile of the chin.

Do You Have Malocclusion?

Patients of all ages may all be diagnosed with dental malocclusion, which is generally identified as having an open bite, overbite, underbite, crossbite, or narrow dental arches. Teeth that are crooked, rotated, crowded, or otherwise misaligned also indicate malocclusion concerns. Genetics are often the cause of these conditions; however, misalignment might also result from childhood thumb-sucking, oral injuries, or teeth grinding. When the bite is misaligned, the teeth can become chipped or worn and patients may have trouble biting, chewing, or speaking. Dental malocclusion can lead to sleep apnea and TMJ disorders, and make it difficult to maintain good oral hygiene, increasing the risk of cavities and gum disease.

Treatment for Misaligned Teeth

We may take 3D cone beam images of your jaw to fully evaluate your dental condition and determine the best treatment options for your needs. An orthodontic approach is often taken to treat misaligned teeth or jaws. These treatments may be in the form of traditional braces, clear teeth aligners, or appliances, like retainers. In cases of severe overcrowding, our dentists may recommend extracting a few teeth before getting started with orthodontic care. At ACE Dental of Temple, we offer Invisalign orthodontics and may collaborate with other specialists to fully address your treatment needs. In cases of severe misalignment, a surgical approach may be the ideal treatment of choice to achieve oral health and functional goals.

Following Treatment for Malocclusion

The treatments recommended for addressing malocclusion may occur over several months to a few years, especially those involving orthodontics. You may need to wear a permanent or removable retainer to preserve your treatment outcomes once your teeth and jaw have been properly aligned. Keeping up with good daily oral hygiene will be highly important throughout the course of your care. We will evaluate your dental health and track your treatment progress when you visit our Temple, TX practice for routine cleaning and exam visits.

Insurance Coverage for Your Care

Since coverage for orthodontics and other types of malocclusion treatments may differ among dental insurance plans, we will contact your provider to review your benefits. ACE Dental of Temple proudly offers convenient payment methods to help all patients with out-of-pocket costs get the care they need for better oral health. For more on these financing solutions, or to explore special patient financing, talk with our friendly staff today.

Improve Misaligned Teeth for Better Oral Health

Misaligned teeth may affect several aspects of your life, from your ability to eat and speak comfortably to how you feel about your appearance. The dentists at ACE Dental of Temple routinely diagnose dental malocclusion and guide patients toward effective treatment solutions and ultimately better oral health. If you or your child have misalignment concerns, we welcome you to meet with our Temple, TX team to explore your options for care!

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