|Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
June 12, 2016
Many people suffer from crooked, overlapping or twisted teeth. There are many reasons why these dental problems can occur. When a person’s mouth is too small, the teeth can get crowded and it can cause the teeth to shift. Some people’s upper and lower jaws may not be the same size or they can be malformed. When the excessive protrusion is the upper jaw, it is known as an overbite. When the lower jaw protrudes forward it is known as an under bite. This causes the lower jaw and teeth to extend out beyond the upper teeth.
Overbites, under bites and crooked teeth are often inherited traits like the color of your eyes. Misaligned bites can be caused by a number of other conditions. They can be caused by early tooth loss, improper dental restorations, injury to the jaw, gingivitis, undue pressure of the teeth, thumb sucking or even prolonged use of a bottle for a baby.
Problems Caused by Crooked Teeth and Misaligned Bites
Crooked teeth can interfere with the way a person chews their food. Crooked teeth are also harder to clean, making the risk for tooth decay or cavities higher. Misaligned jaws can strain the teeth and jaw muscles which can increase the risk of breaking a tooth. Most people who have crooked teeth or a misaligned bite tend to also feel self-conscious about their appearance.
How to Detect a Misaligned Bite and Crooked Teeth
Crooked teeth are generally easily spotted by the naked eye. But determining why the teeth have become crooked and if they will cause further dental problems is best done by a dentist. Dentists will look for an abnormal alignment in the teeth, abnormal appearances of the face, difficulty chewing or biting and speech difficulties. An orthodontist is the best at spotting these problems. They are specialized in diagnosing and treating crooked teeth and misaligned jaws.
Once x-rays and impressions are taken of the mouth, the orthodontist will decide what the best way to fix the problem is. There are different options in fixing the teeth. A removable retainer is used to stabilize the new position of the teeth. Some people may need to have one or more teeth removed if the overcrowding is a really big problem. Most people will need to get braces to help correct the teeth. If an over or under bite is really sever, then an operation may be necessary.
For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff at [email protected] or call (561) 488-3111. Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.