BDS, Certified Hands on training in Periodontology, Hands on training in occlusion and semi-adjustible articulators, Masterclass in Implantology, MDS (Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics), Workshop in Microendodontics
Dentist - Specializes in Treatment of Misaligned Teeth
Misaligned teeth means the teeth are not aligned properly. It is most often hereditary, which means the condition is passed down through families. There may be a difference between the size of the upper and lower jaws or between jaw and tooth size, resulting in overcrowding of teeth or in abnormal bite patterns. The symptoms include:
• Abnormal alignment of teeth
• Abnormal appearance of the face
• Difficulty or discomfort when biting or chewing
• Speech difficulties (rare) including lisp
• Mouth breathing (breathing through the mouth without closing the lips)
HOW IS MISALIGNED TEETH DIAGNOSED?
Most problems with teeth alignment are discovered by a dentist during a routine exam. The dentist may pull your cheek outward and ask you to bite down to check how well the back teeth come together. If there is any problem, the dentist may refer to an orthodontist for diagnosis and treatment. The doctor may suggest dental x-rays, head or skull x-rays, or facial x-rays. Diagnostic models of the teeth are often needed to diagnose the problem.
HOW IS MISALIGNED TEETH TREATED?
Misaligned teeth can be rectified with the use of a removable retainer, braces and in some cases extraction.
DID YOU KNOW?
Problems with teeth alignment are easier, quicker, and less expensive to treat when they are corrected early. Treatment is works best in children and adolescents because the bone is still soft and teeth are moved more easily. Treatment may last 6 months to 2 or more years. The time will depend on how much correction is needed. Treatment of orthodontic disorders in adults is often successful, but may require longer use of braces or other devices.