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A malocclusion is defined as a misalignment, which is also termed as incorrect relation that occurs in the two dental arches and impacts the teeth in between. This results in the jaws having trouble when closing and tend to form a weird angle that is known as Edward Angle. The most common symptoms here include skeletal disharmony, trouble speaking and closing the mouth and speech issues.
HOW IS MALOCCLUSION DIAGNOSED?
Malocclusion is typically diagnosed by dentists during routine examination of teeth. The doctor may conduct a complete examination of your teeth and determine the type of malocclusion. A dental X-ray helps in detailed diagnosis
HOW IS MALOCCLUSION TREATED?
Treatments may include:
• Braces or other appliances: Metal bands are placed around some teeth, or metal, ceramic, or plastic bonds are attached to the surface of the teeth. Wires or springs apply force to the teeth. Clear braces (aligners) without wires may be used in some patients.
• Removal of one or more teeth: This may be needed if overcrowding is part of the problem.
• Repair of rough or irregular teeth: Teeth may be adjusted down, reshaped, and bonded or capped.
• Surgery: Surgical reshaping to lengthen or shorten the jaw (orthognathic surgery) is needed in rare cases.
DID YOU KNOW?
If not treated, then the individual may suffer from lifelong problems related to speech and slurries. Treatment at young age gets faster results too.