Our Coquitlam orthodontists know that the word 'malocclusion' might sound intimidating but it simply means that your teeth are misaligned. Malocclusion can lead to crooked teeth or in some cases a misaligned bite. Here's more about how malocclusion can affect your smile.
How Malocclusion Affects Your Bite
Depending upon the severity of your malocclusion, your tooth misalignment could lead to bite issues such as overbite, crowded teeth, underbite, crossbite, and open bite. Malocclusion can also result in crooked teeth that make it more difficult to chew or speak properly and can even make breathing freely more difficult.
Common Causes of Malocclusion
While jaw injuries can sometimes cause malocclusions, in many cases malocclusion is an inherited condition that can't really be prevented. That said, when misalignments are detected early they can be treated before becoming more severe.
Certain habits or conditions may also contribute to the development of tooth misalignments. The following behaviours should be prevented or curtailed in order to help prevent malocclusions from developing:
- Poor dental hygiene leading to tooth loss
- Prolonged bottle-feeding
- Frequent pacifier use after the age of 3
- Thumb sucking beyond age 3
Are you concerned about your misaligned smile, or your child's bite? Contact Coquitlam Family Orthodontics today. We're here to help your family achieve a straighter and healthier smile.