Malocclusion is the term used to describe the overcrowding or imperfect positioning of the teeth especially when the jaw or mouth is closed. Due to this improper teeth positioning a person could bite their inner cheeks or tongue frequently, have difficulty biting and chewing food and experience speech problems.
HOW IS MALOCCLUSION DIAGNOSED?
The condition is diagnosed by a dentistry specialist during any of the routine dental check-ups. The condition is classified as Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3 based on the severity of the condition and its presentation.
HOW IS MALOCCLUSION TREATED?
Mild Malocclusion does not require treatment. Depending on the type and severity of malocclusion, the dentist may recommend:
• Braces for correcting position
• Removal of teeth
• Reshaping, bonding and capping of teeth
• Wires or plates to stabilize jaw bone
• Surgery to reshape jaw
DID YOU KNOW?
While treating Malocclusion, dentists must ensure that t does not lead to complications like tooth decay or inflammation of gums