Malocclusion is a term known for the imperfect alignment of teeth as the jaw closes. When malocclusion is combined with skeletal disharmony, it causes trouble in mastication and speech. Generally one can do without treatment for malocclusion. Causes for this dental condition are poor dental fillings, crowns, retainers, braces or fractures of jaw, tumors of the oral cavity, usage of pacifiers beyond age of 3 years, and thumb sucking or prolonged usage of bottles. Severe cases of malocclusion require orthodontic and other surgical treatments. The treatment of malocclusion prevents tooth decay.
HOW IS MALOCCLUSION DIAGNOSED?
The word malocclusion means mal or incorrect occlusion.