Dental Malocclusion in Belton, TX

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What Is Dental Malocclusion?

Dental malocclusion is the misalignment of the upper and lower jaw, meaning the teeth don't fit together when biting down. This issue may lead to various orthodontic and functional concerns, such as overcrowded teeth, crooked teeth, an overbite or underbite, and other occlusion problems. When not properly treated, dental malocclusion can increase the risk of sleep disorders, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues, tooth decay and cavities, and periodontal disease. Our team of skilled dentists at ACE Dental of Belton is experienced in diagnosing and properly treating dental malocclusion in patients of all ages. Learn more about your treatment options by contacting our Belton, TX office to schedule your initial consultation today!

Occlusion Classifications

There are various classifications of dental malocclusion based on how specific teeth in the upper and lower arches come together when biting down. The three separate classes of dental malocclusion include:

  • Class I: This class is identified as normal and develops when the upper teeth overlap the lower in a balanced way. Most often, orthodontic treatments seek to move teeth toward this classification.
  • Class II: This occurs when the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth. This can then lead to the receding of the lower jaw and chin.
  • Class III: This occurs when the lower teeth and chin protrude out past the upper teeth.

Do You Have Malocclusion?

Anybody can develop dental malocclusion, which can present as an overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, or narrow arches in children, teens, and adults. Additionally, overcrowded, crooked, misaligned, and rotated teeth can also indicate dental malocclusions. Even though this condition is usually genetic, misaligned teeth or jaws could also be caused by thumb-sucking, trauma/injury, or teeth grinding. Issues with your bite caused by poorly aligned teeth or jaws could result in cracked, worn, or broken teeth; difficulty biting or chewing; and speech problems. When left untreated, this can also strain the TMJ, cause sleep apnea, and increase the risk of cavities and periodontal disease due to insufficient oral hygiene.

How Is Dental Malocclusion Treated?

The suggested remedy for most malocclusion issues is typically some type of orthodontic solution like retainers, clear teeth aligners, or traditional metal braces. Patients with severely crowded teeth may need to have some teeth extracted before receiving further treatments. At ACE Dental of Belton, our team of dental professionals will take comprehensive cone beam scans to gain a better understanding of your condition and will then discuss your procedure options. We're happy to provide Invisalign orthodontic remedies and can work with other specialists to better treat your condition. In instances when a patient's jaw is severely misaligned, the ACE Dental of Belton team may suggest a surgical procedure to align the jaws and enhance oral function.

Following Treatment for Malocclusion

Dental malocclusion generally takes several years of treatment to correct. Once the teeth and jaws are in the optimal position, a removable or permanent retainer may be necessary to preserve your new smile. During your treatment process and after, we highly recommend that you maintain good oral hygiene habits. Our team will continue to monitor your dental health when you visit ACE Dental of Belton for routine care.

Insurance Coverage for Your Care

Insurance coverage for orthodontics and other treatments malocclusion vary between insurance providers. Before beginning your treatment, our financial team will check with your dental insurance provider and help you get the most out of your benefits before determining any out-of-pocket costs. We also provide several forms of affordable payment options and can help you apply for medical financing.

Remedy Malocclusion With Custom Care

If not properly treated, problems with your bite and other forms of malocclusion can impact your oral function and the appearance of your smile. Our team of dentists at ACE Dental of Belton strives to accurately diagnose and treat occlusion issues so we can provide your family with more comfortable, aligned smiles. Contact our Belton, TX office to learn more about your treatment options and to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dental professionals.

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