Orthodontists specialize in treating patients who have malocclusions. This is the technical term for a bad bite, when the upper and bottom teeth are not properly positioned when your bite and your mouth is closed. It also refers to teeth that are crooked or misaligned. Orthodontics is a specialized field in dentistry, and orthodontists receive additional training to be able to treat malocclusions.
Orthodontists use a wide range of dental tools to treat patients who have:
- An overbite, which means your upper teeth go in front of your bottom teeth when you bite.
- An underbite, and this time your upper teeth rest behind your bottom teeth when you bite.
- A cross bite, which generally refers to when your upper and bottom teeth aren’t properly aligned with each other.
- Crowded teeth, so the teeth are very close together leading to an uneven formation.
- Gaps between the teeth.
- Crooked teeth.
Technically speaking, having a malocclusion doesn’t directly affect your overall physical health. Yet it can have a profound effect on your quality of life, as it changes the quality of your smile to a considerable degree.
It may make you less confident about your smile, and such an effect can very well lead to depression. The crooked or crowded teeth and the bad bite can make it more difficult for you to practice proper oral hygiene. It can affect the way you eat and even the way you talk.
So having a malocclusion is not as trivial as you may think. It affects your life in ways that you may not even consider. If your teeth are crooked or your bite isn’t aligned right, you should give us a call so we can arrange an appointment. We can determine if orthodontic solutions can help give you the smile you should have.