Dental malocclusion is characterized as misalignment between the upper and lower teeth when biting together. A misaligned bite may be diagnosed as a crossbite, underbite, or overbite, crooked teeth, or crowding in the mouth. Malocclusion can be the result of genetics and developmental defects or a teeth grinding habit, trauma, and thumbsucking, along with other causes.
At Atlas Walk Dental & Orthodontics, general dentists Dr. Najib Adi and his team diagnose dental occlusion (how the upper and lower teeth fit together) based on three categories, or classes. In Class I, the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth in a properly aligned fashion. Class II occurs when the lower teeth are positioned further back in the jaw and the front teeth protrude. Class III is identified when the lower jaw sits more forward in the facial profile, causing the lower front teeth to overlap or meet the edges of the upper front teeth.
Leaving dental malocclusion untreated can result in gum problems, tooth decay, TMJ dysfunction, and sleep disorders. Normal, everyday function may even be affected in extreme cases. Dr. Adi and his team will work closely with our in-house orthodontic specialist to treat patients of all ages for dental malocclusion. If you or a family member have a misaligned bite, contact our Gainesville, VA practice today to schedule a consultation with our skilled, multi-specialty team.
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Orthodontic treatment for malocclusion is often performed in children whose jaw and teeth are developing. However, adults may also be candidates for orthodontic care. Children, teenagers, or adults who have a crossbite, an overbite, an underbite, crooked or crowded teeth, or other bite problems may benefit from a range of orthodontic treatment solutions. Poorly aligned teeth increase the risk of developing other oral problems, including gum disease, tooth decay, broken or chipped teeth, gum recession, and TMJ problems. Treating dental malocclusion can correct these issues to enable normal daily function and improve smile aesthetics.
What to Expect
Dental malocclusion is most commonly treated with traditional or advanced orthodontic solutions. These treatment options can include metal braces, clear teeth aligners, palatal expanders, or retainers. In some cases, teeth may need to be removed to create the space necessary to properly align the teeth. Severe cases of jaw misalignment may require surgery or treatment that occurs in several phases. Dr. Adi and the Atlas Walk staff will take low-radiation digital x-rays to evaluate the position of your teeth in the jaw and work with our experienced orthodontist determine the best option for care.
In most cases, braces will be worn for a few years until malocclusion is corrected and the teeth have reached their final position. A retainer is typically worn once orthodontic treatment is complete to help keep your teeth from shifting. Wearing your retainer as recommended is extremely important to maintain your treatment results. During and after your orthodontic procedure, we recommend keeping up with your routine cleanings and exams to maintain your oral health.
Insurance coverage for treating dental malocclusions and orthodontic care may vary by plan and provider. Before starting your treatment, our administrative team will contact your insurance provider to review the details of your plan. If you are not using insurance, our team can work with you to help make your care affordable. Our practice offers several convenient options for payment, including patient-financing with CareCredit®.
The effects of dental malocclusion may go beyond the physical appearance of your smile. Left untreated, bite misalignment can cause future dental problems and interfere with normal daily function. Our team at Atlas Walk Dental & Orthodontics is here to help you and your family achieve and enjoy straight, healthy smiles. Connect with our Gainesville, VA practice today to schedule your treatment consultation with our caring team.