September 6, 2017
Are you one of almost 30% of Americans who suffer from a shifted, crooked bite? Most dentists identify this bad bite as malocclusion. It can cause pain, visible wear on the teeth, or even tooth sensitivity. Even worse, malocclusion can lead to worse problems down the road if left untreated.
Your dentist is here to explain malocclusion to our patients and help you fix the issue as needed.
What is Malocclusion?
Informally known as a bad bite, malocclusion simply refers to a problem with the way your teeth fit together. A healthy bite should make it easier to chew and close your teeth, whereas a bad bite could result in a bunch of unpleasant symbols.
There are some teeth in your mouth that have flat surfaces while others are more pointed. Some teeth are long, while others are shorter. There’s a variation in the way your teeth are and where they are in your smile to create the perfect puzzle when you close your mouth. If your teeth come together in a way that’s misaligned, your teeth can hit one another in the wrong places. This can cause wear and damage to teeth that aren’t supposed to touch. It can also cause discomfort if some surfaces are hitting harder than others. A bad bite can also create unnecessary tension in the entire mouth and jaw that can lead to headaches, muscle pain, and even TMJ disorder.
What Causes a Bad Bite?
There’s no way to narrow down one single reason for a bad bite. Some people had a healthy bite at one point, but may have experienced trauma, such as a sport-related injury or even a car accident that could have affected their bite. Here is the most common cause of a bad bite: stress!
Studies have revealed that when one side is asymmetrically differently from another in the skull and teeth, that’s a clear indicator of environmental stress. Developmental stress plays in the growth of teeth. In fact, asymmetry in the bite clearly coordinates with unhealthy adults that are under an irrational amount of stress.
How Can a Dentist Help?
If your bite doesn’t fall the way it should, an experienced cosmetic dentist can help solve your dental problem. It doesn’t matter if your bite problems are minor or severe, your dentist should be able to help you recover your oral health and quality of life.
If you’re ready to seek assistance from a dentist, be sure to ask them about exploring the Invisalign treatment or reconstructive dentistry like dental implants or porcelain veneers.
About Our Office
Dr. Berrada and Dr. Glickman are proud to offer well-rounded dental care in our advanced dental practice. Tysons Dental Esthetics takes pride in protecting your health and well-being—including your critical bite alignment. If you ever have any concerns or questions about your oral health, feel free to reach out to either of our dental experts.
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