Affecting 1 in 5 people, dental malocclusion is when you have crooked teeth and/or a misaligned bite. There are 3 general types of dental malocclusion:
- Class I: Upper teeth overlap the bottom teeth, just slightly
- Class II – Overbite: The upper jaw and teeth overlap the bottom jaw and teeth.
- Class III – Underbite: The bottom jaw and teeth overlap the upper jaw and teeth.
How malocclusion of teeth happens
More malocclusions, more problems?
Not necessarily. Most people correct the problem for cosmetic reasons. Only severe cases of dental malocclusion impact teeth functionality.
How malocclusion is corrected
Malocclusions are generally treated by specialists. Orthodontists use braces, aligners and other techniques to fix the issue. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform orthognathic surgery in severe cases when orthodontic treatment will not be effective alone.
Think you may have dental malocclusion? No matter your age, it’s never too late to straighten your smile. If you think your child may have malocclusion, it’s best to talk to your dentist earlier than later about options. In some cases, early steps can prevent more extensive treatment later.