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Bite Correction Explained Bite Correction Identify Bad Bite Problems Home Articles About Recent Posts Periodontally Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics (PAOO) Veneers Adult Braces and Retainers Bite Correction Treatment Options Overcrowded Teeth, Crooked, Twisted Teeth and Bite Correction Overview Of Bite Correction Malocclusion What is malocclusion? “Malocclusion” is a combination of the Latin words ‘mal’, meaning ‘bad‘, and ‘occlus’, which translates to ‘shut up‘. The literal translation sounds a bit rude but the term is really just a fancy way of saying “a bad bite.” Example of Malocclusion In dentistry, it references an abnormality of the occlusal plane. The ‘occlusal plane’ is an imaginary line that arches across your mouth and indicates where each tooth should be positioned and how they should fit together in order to maintain optimum health of the teeth and facial bone structure. As an umbrella term, there are many different bite problems that fall under the category of malocclusion: Overbite An overbite is one of the more common types of malocclusion. It occurs when the upper teeth extend out past the lower teeth and overlap them when biting down. In cases where the upper teeth are extended out drastically, it is referred to as a ‘deep bite’. On overbite causes the front teeth to repeatedly grind against each other while chewing, wearing them down over time and making them more susceptible to chipping and breaking. It can also have an impact on facial appearance by pushing the lips outward and creating an aged appearance. Underbite In direct contrast to an overbite, an underbite is when the lower teeth extend past the upper teeth and overlap them. This condition has many of the same issues as an overbite does but the lip protrusion tends to be more noticeable since it’s concentrated on the lower lip, which makes it appear more striking. Speech problems are also associated with an underbite more than the other types of malocclusion. Crossbite As a combination of an overbite and an underbite, a crossbite consists of teeth overlapping in different areas of the mouth. A lower tooth could be overlapping an upper tooth while an upper tooth three spaces over will be overlapping a lower tooth. It creates an uneven look when smiling and it can cause damage to the teeth by causing them to grind together and wear down. Openbite One of the tougher malocclusion types to treat is an openbite, This bad bite is defined by the front teeth not meeting when then mouth is closed, leaving a gap between the upper teeth and the lower teeth. Surgery has been the traditional treatment method for an openbite but in some mild cases where the issue isn’t caused by a problem with the structure of the jaw bone, less invasive methods can be used. One study from 2007 indicated that a non-surgical method of gradually pushing the molars back was actually more effective than surgery. Crowding Having crowded teeth greatly effects the appearance of a smile but thankfully, it’s not as difficult to treat as some of the other types of malocclusion. This issue occurs when the teeth are pushed together too much, either due to having a narrow upper jaw, injury, or teeth that didn’t erupt correctly. While easier to correct, fixing an issue of crowding is often a long process that may involve extractions and braces although a type of surgery called PAOO is an option to help speed up bite correction. When the upper jaw is severely narrowed, S.A.R.P.E surgery may be needed as well. Diastema Being the complete opposite of crowding, diastema is characterized by larger than normal gaps between the teeth. This can occur for a number of reasons but regardless of the cause, this issue can typically be easily corrected using dental composites, braces, or crowns. Transposition The appearance of a smile affected by transposition is similar to that of one affected by crowding. Although the two conditions have similarities and may appear together, there are a couple differences. While crowding is when the teeth are pushed too close together, transposition occurs when a tooth erupts in the wrong space, typically in the same space as another tooth. It gives the appearance of overlapped and uneven teeth. The cause of transposition is often genetic and the treatment is fairly simple, consisting of extracting one of the teeth in the transposition or a premolar and then using braces to bring the teeth back into alignment. Misplaced Midline The midline is the line between the two front teeth. When the midline of the upper teeth doesn’t match up with the midline of the lower teeth, it’s referred to a misplaced midline. Although this issue is often purely cosmetic, it may cause wear to the front teeth in some cases because the upper and lower teeth don’t meet correctly when biting down. A misplaced midline is one of the more mild form of malocclusion and is most often treated with braces. Rotation Usually seen with crowding, a rotated tooth is one that erupted incorrectly and is not straight. It is extremely rare for a tooth to be completely rotated to the point where the back of the tooth is visible when smiling and instead, it’s more common for the side of the tooth to be visible to some extent. Braces are the main treatment for this bite issue. Each type of malocclusion has a variety of appearances and how much the malocclusion affects the aesthetics of a smile is dependent on the severity. In order to determine the best treatment options, each case of malocclusion can be classified into three different categories of severity: Class I or Neutroclusion – The teeth are either crowded or gaped but the molars are in the correct position. Class II or Distoclusion -The issue is caused by the molars being in the correct spot but tilting back towards the jaw joint. Class III or Mesioclusion – The molars are pushed forward away from the direction of the jaw joint and don’t line up with the upper molars. The classifications can get fairly complicated and there are divisions within the classifications. Additionally, more than one class of malocclusion can appear in a diagnosis because each angle and plane of a bite is taken into consideration. While the information of which class your particular case of malocclusion falls into may not be that useful to you or worth getting a headache to try to figure out, it does give your dentist an indication of what the treatment process will be like. Bite Correction The Impact Of Malocclusion From a dental health standpoint, untreated malocclusion leads to many problems. Someone who has a significant bite issue that does not get taken care of is more likely to need dentures in the future. Misaligned teeth are often harder to keep clean. A tooth brush isn’t able to effectively get into the odd angles between crooked teeth and flossing can be close to impossible to do correctly when the spaces between teeth aren’t straight or accessible. Periodontal issues, including gingivitis and periodontitis, a...