The Trouble with Malocclusion
Have you ever heard the term malocclusion? Probably not, but you have probably heard the term misalignment. They mean the same thing. Your top teeth should nest comfortably into your bottom teeth. It is called alignment. When your teeth don’t fit together, it is called misalignment or malocclusion. It might not seem like a big deal, but over time, malocclusion can lead to some very serious problems for your smile. Let’s take a look at what happens to your smile and what we can do to fix it.
Implications of Malocclusion
Ideally, we would catch malocclusion when you are a youngster and use orthodontics to take care of the problem early. That doesn’t always happen, and sometimes you don’t develop the problems until later in life, due to your wisdom teeth, lost adult teeth, injury, etc.
If left untreated, malocclusion can lead to a lot of discomfort. We most often see people who grind or clench their teeth while they are sleeping. This constant friction damages your TMJ (the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull), can lead to wear and tear on your teeth, and can even cause your teeth to break or come out.
How Orthodontics Correct the Problem
We know adults don’t like to hear the word orthodontics because we remember having friends or family members who wore traditional metal braces. You might have even teased them by calling them brace face or tinsel teeth. Adults don’t want to wear embarrassing orthodontics, and the good news is that you don’t have to!
We offer Invisalign and Incognito braces. Both options allow you to solve malocclusion without anyone around you knowing that you are receiving orthodontic care! Invisalign are clear aligners that fit over your teeth while Incognito braces fit on the backs of your teeth where no one can see them!
You don’t have to live with misaligned teeth, and you don’t have to deal with 2-3 years of ugly metal braces! You can get a healthier smile right here with one of these two fantastic options. Contact us today to set up a consultation or appointment. We would love to help you better understand your options for correcting malocclusion!