Everyone has an insecurity, and if yours happens to be your teeth, lips, and mouth, do not worry it might just be a malocclusion. You might be freaking out now, wondering “what in the world is a malocclusion!?” Do not let it scare you, it is easier to fix than to pronounce.
Before we learn more about a malocclusion, let’s call it a crossbite.
Now, what is a crossbite? A crossbite is a misalignment in your teeth. Normally, your upper teeth should sit a little outside your lower teeth on both sides of your mouth. When there is a misalignment in your mouth it will be visible on your teeth, lips, and mouth if your jaw has to adjust to obtain a comfortable bite.
The best time to fix a bad bite is as a child because for adults it is a bit more strategic since development has stopped.
Here are a few procedures that will help you get that perfect smile:
Headgear will apply force on the teeth and jaw while being worn on the head and face with attached wiring to the teeth. The force on the teeth and jaw that the headgear provides will either increase or slow down the growth of the jaw.
Braces will work to align the teeth by moving the upper and lower teeth to a straighter placement.
An improvement in a bite can be made by capping, bonding, and reshaping the teeth.
A palatal expander will work to increase the size of an upper jaw. One of the two expanders is a fixed expander, which is attached to the top molars and are widened using a special key. The other option of an expander would be a removable expander, which is fit into the top palate and is only worn at night. Occasionally, a removable expander is recommended for adults needing minor adjustments.
Tooth removal may be necessary when there is a growth of overcrowding teeth. However, the removal of teeth may have to be followed up with braces. In other cases, the removal of teeth may be necessary when the dentist needs to create room to move the lower teeth back before the application of braces.
For adults, a surgical procedure may be the best fit as the jaw has stopped growing. The surgery consists of breaking the upper jaw strategically and then widening the upper palate with the assistance of a customized device.
Okay, let’s be honest, it is important to have clean hygiene all of the time! Here are some dental care tips you should maintain daily to prevent plaque.
Tip #1: BRUSH YOUR TEETH
Tip #2: FLOSS
Tip #3: USE FLUORINE
These three amazing tips will help take out debris found inside your mouth, and of course, fight off stinky breath.
We recommend that you visit your local dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning. Luckily, if you find yourself in Kingwood, Tx, you have us to rely on! At Kimbrough Orthodontics, we take pride in our dental care and treatment. With the latest technology, we are capable of providing the best service that will have you walking out with the perfect smile. Say goodbye to the insecurities in your teeth, lips, and mouth by making an appointment today.
Kimbrough Orthodontics, 1542 Green Oak Place, Kingwood, Tx 77339, United States. (281) 358- 8551.