Malocclusion

Malocclusion is another word for poorly-aligned teeth or bite pattern. It’s a common dental health issue that affects millions of people, which is why more than 3.5 million children and teens undergo orthodontic treatment each year to correct it.

Having an uneven bite or crooked teeth can negatively affect the way an individual’s smile looks and functions. Teeth and jaw alignment adjustments aim to correct the function and aesthetic appearance of the teeth and smile.

Malocclusion can cause other oral health issues as well, depending on the type and severity of the poor alignment. If an individual suffers from overbite, underbite, open bite, crossbite, or crowded teeth, it’s important to have the condition evaluated by a dental professional.

An illustration of human gums and teeth anatomy demonstrating abnormal position of teeth, also known as malocclusion

The Impact of Malocclusion

When an individual’s teeth or jaws are not in proper alignment, it can lead to issues with chewing, breathing, and speaking. Malocclusion can increase an individual’s risk of gum disease and tooth decay, due to the added difficulty of ensuring the teeth are properly cleaned and maintained. By extension, having gum disease can increase an individual’s risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, chronic bronchitis and lung infections, and certain cancers.

Having an uneven bite can also put strain on the jaw joints, which contributes to temporomandibular joint disorders, a health issue that can introduce a whole new line of health issues with it. Many individuals who suffer from TMJ disorders experience chronic headaches, pain in the jaw joint, popping or locking of the jaw, teeth grinding, and airway issues.

In addition, misaligned jaws can result in an obstructed airway and problems with breathing. These problems can development into conditions like brain fog and sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening condition which can interfere with a good night’s rest and lead to difficulties living a healthy, productive life We have treatments in our office that can help with sleep apnea and breathing disorders.

Treatment for Malocclusion

Most of the time, moderate to severe malocclusion will require treatment from a reputable dental professional in order to improve the individual’s quality of life and the appearance of their teeth and functionality of their jaws.

Depending on the type and severity of an individual’s malocclusion, one of several treatments may be applicable.

  • Braces, which will correct the position of the teeth
  • Oral devices, like retainers, to correct the alignment of the jaw
  • Expansion of dental arches to correct crowding
  • Reshaping or capping to correct more mild cases of crooked teeth

And in some severe cases

  • Surgery to reshape very misaligned or misshapen jaws

If you find that your teeth or bite is uneven, we welcome you to call us at 303-423-0930 and request an appointment online at Signature Dentistry of Arvada. Our dental professionals provide cosmetic, restorative, preventative, and airway-related services to residents of Arvada, CO, and the surrounding areas, including the nearby communities of Wheat Ridge, Golden, Broomfield, Lakewood, and Westminster.

While you try out your new smile for the next few weeks, our Master Ceramist will artistically design and create your new smile. The skill and artistry of the technician is a critical step in creating a beautiful smile with veneers. Our technician MJ is truly one of the best in the entire world, know for creating flawless, natural smiles.

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While you try out your new smile for the next few weeks, our Master Ceramist will artistically design and create your new smile. The skill and artistry of the technician is a critical step in creating a beautiful smile with veneers. Our technician MJ is truly one of the best in the entire world, know for creating flawless, natural smiles.

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Completion of your full mouth reconstruction. When you return for your treatment appointment we bond the final restorations in place. Our doctors take time at this appointment to get the fine details of your smile looking perfect- completely natural, befitting of your smile line, face, and enhancing your overall appearance. Smile Transformations, if maintained properly, should look and feel great for up to 15 years after placement.

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Completion of your full mouth reconstruction. When you return for your treatment appointment we bond the final restorations in place. Our doctors take time at this appointment to get the fine details of your smile looking perfect- completely natural, befitting of your smile line, face, and enhancing your overall appearance. Smile Transformations, if maintained properly, should look and feel great for up to 15 years after placement.

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Why choose Signature Dentistry of Arvada for Smile Transformation?

A patient displaying a bright, healthy-looking smile following treatment
All dentists are not created equal – either in terms of artistry, training, or experience. Our award-winning team of aesthetic dentists have gone above and beyond in these areas to become recognized experts in Smile Transformation. We are known for creating smiles that are radiant, beautiful, and so natural they are undetectable from natural teeth. Not only can you expect a smile that brings you new found health, confidence, and happiness, it will be delivered by a team of individuals that truly care for you and your experience, making the overall process as comfortable and smooth as possible. It is our team’s level of expertise and care that makes what we offer one-of-a-kind. We invite you to come see us and experience the Signature difference for yourself!

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