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Your top and bottom teeth do not meet – What should you do

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Are you facing a problem with your teeth bites? Do you think your top and bottom teeth do not meet and you are worried? We understand your situation and ask that you stay calm. Both teeth can go out of alignment for various reasons, and it is called misalignment in dental.

Today, an estimated 6 million people, including children and adults, wear braces to correct misaligned teeth. You may have an overbite, underbite, or misalignment with your jaw. There are ways to fix a jaw position.

In this article, we will discuss braces and how they can correct the malocclusion problem and fix it.

What are the causes of malocclusion?

In addition to heredity, several other potential triggers exist that could lead to issues of misalignment or malocclusion between the bottom and top teeth.

These issues include the following:

  • Thumb sucking, bottle feeding, or pacifier use after three years of age.
  • Early life cleft palate issues.
  • Oral Trauma
  • Insufficient oral hygiene and care.
  • Mouth breathing due
  • Impacted, extra or missing teeth.
  • Unusually small or large jaw.
  • Badly formed or ill-fitting crowns, bridges, fillings

Not all these problems need to cause malocclusion.

How can wear braces correct malocclusion of the teeth?

Today’s modern braces come in shapes, sizes, and options. Some braces have clear or ceramic hardware, which is invisible. Some types of braces can be affixed to the back of the teeth and are not at all visible.

Traditional metal braces are available, but today’s metal braces are streamlined, lightweight, and easy to care for at home between visits.

The purpose of braces is to slowly and steadily correct tooth, bite, and jaw misalignments through conscious action by your orthodontist. Slowly, from one month to the next, your orthodontist will make minute adjustments to your hardware to promote movement and healthy direction until your goals are fully met.

But remember that no two patients’ orthodontic treatment plans will ever look exactly alike. Your mouth is unique and your own, so your care plan will be exclusively yours.

Who Treats Tooth and Jaw Misalignment?

The first step to targeting treatment for misalignment is to make an appointment with an oral health specialist called an orthodontist. An orthodontist has the expertise to work professionally as a dentist. However, only six percent of dentists have the additional education, training, and technical skills to offer orthodontic care.

The consultation is the first and most important appointment you will have with your orthodontist. During this appointment, ask questions, talk about your oral health and smile goals, and share your oral health history. During your consultation, your orthodontist will give you an oral exam, take X-rays of your face with your mouth open and closed, and make notes about your goals and needs. A new plaster model of your teeth is made as a point of reference before starting your treatment, which will be of great help.

The key takeaway

Malocclusion is a common problem in adults and children. Your upper and lower teeth don’t line up, and this problem can affect your mental health. So, don’t worry; with proper dental guidance and care, your teeth will come into good shape and size.

Agan Jarick
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