Malocclusion is dental-speak for crooked teeth. When you look at all the different ways that teeth can come in, it is not surprising that malocclusion occurs in multiple forms. Many can be corrected with Invisalign clear braces.
The number of configurations may surprise you:
When teeth slant forward, it is called upper protrusion, but you may have heard this impairment described, unkindly, as “buck teeth.”
An overbite occurs when the upper front teeth come down too far over the lower teeth when the mouth is closed. An underbite is the reverse condition—the upper front teeth close farther back than the lower front teeth. An open bite refers to a bite in which the upper don’t overlap the lower teeth. This can occur on the whole bite or just one side.
Tooth rotation is one of the most prevalent types of malocclusion. Rotated teeth appear as if they are twisting out of place. Tooth rotation can create the illusion of uneven coloring because of the way light reflects off the face of teeth.
When the upper and lower palate are misaligned to the point where the upper teeth close onto the wrong side of the lower teeth, it is called a cross bite.
In some rare cases – called transposition – teeth erupt in spots where other teeth should be. For example, a canine (pointed tooth) comes in where an incisor (front biting tooth) should be. Can you imagine trying to chew if your teeth have been playing musical chairs?
If you or your child has crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, we invite you to schedule a thorough examination at Gastonia Dental Group. You may be a candidate for Invisalign clear braces. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.
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