When you bite down, does it feel like your teeth jar you or hit incorrectly? Does it seem that your jaws do not line up properly? This could be because roughly one in five people have a form of malocclusion in their mouth, meaning that their teeth have some kind of irregular contact.
Having a proper bite is important to help disperse your bite force evenly throughout your mouth. Otherwise, you could get a broken tooth. Malocclusions can cover an overbite, under bite or a cross bite, all of which may need an orthodontist to treat.
The categories of malocclusions are:
-Class I is where the teeth could have gaps between them, they may be crowded or rotated and the upper and lower jaws do not meet properly.
-Class II is the most common of the malocclusions. The teeth in the lower jaw sit too far back resulting in an overbite.
-Class III occurs when the lower jaw extends beyond the upper causing an under bite. If it is left untreated, an underbite can damage teeth, making it difficult to chew or speak and could progress into problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
For more information about malocclusions, or to see our orthodontist, Dr. Maynard Davenport, please contact Maynard V Davenport Orthodontics at 928-367-2939. We enjoy being able to help those who live in the Lakeside, Arizona, area to improve their dental health.