Align Your Bite for a Healthy Smile
Occlusion refers to the way your teeth align. Normally, your teeth should be straight and properly aligned, with the upper jaw just slightly overlapping the lower jaw. Malocclusion, on the other hand, is the condition where the teeth don’t come together properly, leading to issues with your bite. There are different types of malocclusion, depending on the way your teeth are misaligned. Malocclusion can lead to oral health complications, cause teeth and jaw pain, shifting teeth, and facial structure changes. At Dogwood Family Dental, our dentists have the experience to perform bite adjustments in Albemarle, NC, and the Davidson and Ballantyne, NC, areas, so your teeth align properly.
Types of Malocclusion
There are three types of malocclusion as described below:
- Overbite - The upper jaw significantly overlaps the lower jaw, leaving a large gap in between the teeth
- Underbite - The lower jaw overlaps the upper jaw and protrudes outward, leading to a change in the shape of the face
- Crossbite - One or more teeth on one side of the jaw do not correspond to the tooth on the other side
What Causes Malocclusion?
There are some risk factors for malocclusion, but most cases are caused by genetic factors, abnormal tooth growth, as the result of an injury, or if you’ve had dental treatments such as a crown, bridge, filling, or tooth extraction. When your jaws aren’t aligned correctly, it means your neck and jaw never relax completely. A continually tense jaw and neck can lead to severe headaches, tooth pain, and neck pain. Some patients may develop bruxism, or teeth grinding during their sleep, and eventually, temporomandibular joint issues (TMJ).
Signs of Malocclusion
Some signs of malocclusion include:
- Uneven closing of the jaw on both sides
- Popping or clicking noises when opening or closing your mouth
- Worn tooth enamel
- Fractured teeth
Our expert will perform a bite test to determine your malocclusion. He will then smooth the necessary areas by removing some of the tooth or restoration to eliminate the interference. This process will be performed in all areas until your teeth meet together in a properly aligned position.
Schedule an Appointment to Learn More About Bite Adjustments in Albemarle, NC & the Davidson & Ballantyne, NC, Areas
To experience our 5-star-rated dental care, schedule your consultation today by calling (704) 474-9017 to reach our Albemarle location or (704) 997-3164 to reach our Davidson location. You may also use our convenient online form. Your appointment includes the following:
- Tour the Office
- Meet the Team
- Discuss Your Goals
- Oral Exam & Cleaning
- Expert Consultation
During your appointment, we will take the time to answer all your questions about our cutting-edge treatment options, advanced technology, flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us!