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People with crowded or crooked teeth are said to have a “bad bite.” Even when the teeth look straight, the upper and lower teeth may not fit together properly. This could happen when the lower jaw and teeth are either too far forward or too far back to fit the upper teeth.
Crooked teeth and bite problems are often solved with orthodontic treatment. Braces are the most common way to correct crooked teeth and major bite problems. For Less severe cases, there are other types of orthodontic treatment.
The good news is that orthodontic treatment can lead to healthy, beautiful smile at all ages, especially with early treatment. And although orthodontic treatment takes time and patience, the end result is worth it.
There are different causes of a bad bite, or malocclusion (mal-oh-CLUE-shun). Protruding, crowded, or irregularly spaced teeth and jaw might be inherited. Thumb-sucking, losing teeth prematurely, or accidents also can be a cause.
Orthodontic treatment can create a nice-looking smile and give you extra confidence. But more importantly, it results in a healthier mouth. Malocclusion can cause these problems if not treated;
• Crooked and crowded teeth are harder to keep clean. This can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss.
• When teeth are in wrong place, they can cause a number of problems. An uneven bite can interfere with chewing and speaking, can cause abnormal wear to tooth enamel, and can lead to problems with the jaws.
There are different types of orthodontic treatment that can be used to correct a bad bite. Your bite is a complex system. Your teeth, jaws gums, and facial muscles work together to help you chew, speak, and smile. To get your bite in line, a few different steps may be needed. The dentist will discuss which type of treatment is best for you.
Braces move teeth by applying pressure. The braces usually consist of small brackets cemented to your teeth, connected by a wire or rubber bands. The wire is regularly tightened by the dentist to gradually shift your teeth and jaw.
Aligners are made of clear plastic or acrylic material and are worn over your teeth to straighten them. Each set of custom-made aligners is worn for weeks or maybe a month. Then you get a new set for the next stages of your treatment. This way, your teeth are gradually moved into the correct position according to your treatment plan.
Aligners are removable and need to be taken out before you eat, brush, and floss. Because they are removable, you must be sure to follow your dentist’s instructions on how long to wear them each day.
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