When the upper part of the jaw and the lower part of the jaw are not the same sizes, bite problems can occur. When the lower jaw is smaller than the upper jaw, it is called an overbite. When the reverse is true, it is called an underbite. Another related alignment disorder is called a crossbite. Crossbites occur when lower teeth are in the wrong position. They may be incorrectly positioned sideways, forward or backward.
Diagnosing and Finding the Right Treatment
Malocclusion is the term used for all types of bite problems including overbites, underbites, and crossbites. Jaw alignment disorders can cause a range of problems and often prohibit proper chewing and/or swallowing. Teeth can shift around in the mouth, causing even more discomfort or difficulty. Gum disease and tooth decay are also harder to prevent because proper oral hygiene can be difficult with a malocclusion. TMJ disorder can develop over time. Distorted facial shape and unattractive teeth are often the most noticeable and troubling issues for those affected.
Fortunately for patients with bite problems, there are a variety of effective treatments that can give them straight teeth in Ladera Ranch. If you suspect your child has a bite misalignment, it is especially important to have them examined as early as possible. By starting early, you can make sure they avoid years of pain and self-consciousness.
Achieving a Straight Smile in Ladera Ranch
Call Hales Parker Dentistry at 949-429-0717. Dr. Lincoln Parker, DMD is experienced in diagnosing bite disorders in patients of all ages. We can create a successful treatment plan for you, giving you a smile with straight teeth in Ladera Ranch. We also perform CEREC one day crowns and cosmetic dentistry for Rancho Santa Margarita area dental patients.
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