How Orthodontics Can Treat Occlusion

Orthodontics Santa Ana, CA

Many people may be recommended orthodontics when a dental professional discovers that their upper and lower teeth do not sit together properly. The upper teeth may sit further forward than the lower teeth, or the bite may appear uneven. This issue is known as occlusion and can affect the way people speak and eat, as well as impact self-confidence when smiling. However, most types of occlusion are treatable, and those who suffer from this problem may want to learn about the possibilities for relieving pain and transforming their smiles. 

Understanding malocclusion

Treatment with orthodontics can help patients with malocclusion, or an improper bite. While each patient may have a different issue, there are common symptoms with each type of this issue that can affect the teeth and jaw, including: 

  • Jaw pain 
  • Damaged teeth 
  • Teeth sensitivity to hot or cold foods 

An improper bite may occur due to genetics, trauma, or childhood habits, such as thumbsucking. To plan treatment to correct the issue, a dental professional may take several measurements to assess facial bone structure and jaw position, and perform an intra-oral exam to inspect the position of the teeth and jaw when stationary and dynamic.

Creating the proper bite 

Depending on the type of occlusion present, there are several ways orthodontics can treat this problematic oral condition, no matter the cause. 

Restorative crowns 

While some occlusion treatments alter the shape of the teeth, restorative crowns assist in repairing an incorrect bite in a manner that is generally less invasive. During this process, crowns are placed on the teeth to restore a more proper bite. This can help improve or correct malocclusion due to missing teeth or dental gaps, depending on the condition's severity. In some cases, these crowns can repair minor bite problems, such as if the edges of the teeth do not align as they should. 

Splints 

Splints are a temporary dental tool that can repair bite issues no matter if the problem is with the teeth in the upper or lower jaw. These splints, which do not cause any damage to the teeth, work to shift the uneven bite by relaxing the jaw muscles and preventing further problems with tooth fracturing. Most patients wear oral splints for up to six weeks to correct the occlusion. 

Braces 

Orthodontics such as braces can correct overbites, underbites, and crooked teeth. Traditional metal braces are often used for younger patients to correct bite problems, while removable invisible aligners are popular for patients who do not want to wear traditional braces. Aligners offer more discreet-looking treatment and are convenient for eating and oral care. Depending on the severity of the problem, however, fixed braces may be the only solution. 

Conclusion 

Most types of dental occlusions can be fixed by various types of orthodontics. Not only can these treatments provide patients relief from jaw and tooth pain but it can also make them feel more confident about a new and beautiful smile. 

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