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What is a malocclusion? A malocclusion is a term for any misalignment of the teeth or jaw. Typical examples include overbites, underbites, crossbites and open bites.

A malocclusion can happen in many ways. For some individuals, it is the effect of a small jaw and too many teeth. In ancient times, human jaws used to be larger, but dietary and genetic changes have made them smaller. Unfortunately, this hasn’t changed the amount of teeth we grow. Too many teeth can crowd the mouth and cause a shift of position. Malocclusions can also occur when little children suck their thumbs or pacifiers often or play with their tongues in their mouth. It can even occur when a kid loses a primary tooth before it’s ready to fall out. These events can affect the positioning of the jaw as it develops.

The cure for a malocclusion will almost certainly be orthodontics. The main treatment will likely be braces. Your orthodontic plan may also consist of the extraction of certain teeth, or wear additional orthodontic appliances like headgear, a space-maintainer, elastics, and retainers.

If you have any queries about your malocclusion, the smartest thing to do would be to arrange a consultation with your orthodontist, Dr. McConnell, at M. W. McConnell, DDS in Beavercreek, Ohio. Just phone our friendly orthodontic staff at 937-912-0101.