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  • 11 July 2016

  • Aesthetic and functional dentistry

The consequences of malocclusion

Orthodontics has existed for many years. Sometimes combined with surgery, this science can help correct minor to severe cases of poor tooth alignment. Everyone is familiar with the esthetic benefits of orthodontics. However, the consequences of malocclusion are not understood as well.

Malocclusion is often synonymous with overlapping teeth and lack of space. These imperfections make it more difficult to practice good oral hygiene at home, and as a result, the risk of tooth decay and gum disease increases.

Other observations:

Poorly aligned teeth preclude comfortable jaw closing. This often brings about exaggerated wear on the teeth that come into strong contact with each other.

Sometimes a realignment of the teeth can provide relief to patients suffering from clicking jaws, migraines, bad posture and even back pain.

Because of their malocclusion, certain patients develop the habit of breathing through their mouths. This can lead to snoring. Furthermore, mouth breathing promotes a proliferation of bacteria in the mouth, increasing the risk of gum disease.

A person’s facial profile can also be visibly affected; circles under the eyes and a receding chin are often noted.

Many other consequences are brought about by malocclusion. It’s important to obtain all the information available so that you know about the benefits that orthodontic treatment can provide.

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