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Common Malocclusions

 

 

Malocclusions (“bad bites”) like those illustrated below, may benefit from early diagnosis and referral to an orthodontic specialist for a full evaluation.

In addition, if you notice any of the following in your child, check with your orthodontist:

  • early or late loss of baby teeth
  • difficulty in chewing or biting
  • mouth breathing
  • jaws that shift or make sounds
  • speech difficulties
  • biting the cheek or the roof of the mouth
  • facial imbalance
  • grinding or clenching of the teeth

Final treatment decisions should be made among the parent, child’s dentist and orthodontist.

Visit the “About Orthodontics” section of the American Association of Orthodontists Web site at www.braces.org

The American Association of Orthodontists Recommends Treatment for Adults, When Appropriate, in Conjunction with Regular Dental Care

Some of the reasons correction of orthodontic problems are important to adults:

  • Can help prevent or improve periodontal problems
  • Can help prevent or reduce further bone loss around teeth
  • Improves ability of the dentist to restore missing teeth
  • Improves aesthetics for a better smile and facial appearance
  • Improves function of teeth
  • Improves self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Improves oral health

By working together, the dental team can achieve results for patients that cannot be produced alone.

 

Final treatment decisions should be made in consultation with the family dentist, the orthodontist and other specialists, if necessary.

PROBLEMS TO WATCH FOR IN ADULTS

Malocclusions, some of which are illustrated above, may be improved by orthodontic treatment. Final treatment decisions should be made in consultation with the family dentist, the orthodontist and other specialists, if necessary.


The photos in this animation are not actual patients of Dr. Barrett J. Parker or Island Braces . Results may vary in individual cases.


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