Throughout the history of dentistry, one of the most common conditions that irritate patients is malocclusion. This term refers to a problem in how the top and bottom teeth join together. Patients have an ideal bite when the upper teeth is positioned slightly ahead of the lower teeth. “Overbites” and “underbites” occur, but there are additional ways misalignment can occur.
If teeth become crowded or even too far apart, there is a chance of a bad bite. A slight misalignment might not point to any related issues. However, moderate to severe malocclusion creates an increased risk of other dental health issues such as difficult chewing and speech patterns, headaches, hearing difficulties, decay, jaw pain, and gum disease.
When these conditions are allowed to inhibit your oral health, the lasting effects can be serious. Once the conditions worsen, the resulting treatment becomes more costly. There are treatments and options at your disposal to treat potential bite problems. Consider scheduling an appointment at your dentist and determine whether this condition is currently affecting you. If the problem is diagnosed early, you can benefit from having effective treatment performed with any serious complications.