Asymmetry problems between the teeth and jaws are common issues people face. Often, the problem can be hereditary and is passed down from generation to generation. This condition, called malocclusion, has different levels of severity. Sometimes, even when one experiences asymmetry between his jaws and teeth, it may go unnoticed because it’s not serious enough to require treatment. Other times, it can require malocclusion surgery in order to correct orthodontic issues. At the Jaw Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, our jaw surgeons specialize in malocclusion surgery and treatment to fix problems associated with a poor bite for long-term positive results.
How Do You Define Malocclusion?
Malocclusion, also known as “poor bite,” refers to a condition in which a person’s teeth and jaw are not properly aligned, causing orthodontic problems. There are a number of types of malocclusions that people experience. An upper protrusion occurs when the front upper teeth are pushed out, also referred to as “buck teeth.” When someone has a weak lower jaw, this may cause an upper protrusion.
Another problem involves crowding or spacing issues within an individual’s mouth. This issue may cause permanent teeth to grow improperly or become impacted. Misplaced midline is a condition in which the line of a person’s front and lower center teeth do not line up.
Additional conditions include overbites, underbites and crossbites. Overbites happen when the front upper teeth are too far down over the lower teeth. When severe, it can cause the lower teeth to bite into the top of the mouth. Underbites are the opposite and occur when the lower front teeth are set too far forward compared to the upper teeth. Crossbites result when the front upper teeth fit on the wrong side of the lower teeth.
There are also three different classes of malocclusions. Dental malocclusion classes include the following:
- Class I Malocclusion: Teeth crowd together or have a lot of space even when lower and upper molars are positioned properly. With severe malocclusion, overlapping, crossbites or rotations of the teeth may occur.
- Class II Malocclusion: The upper and lower molars do not fit together because the Upper teeth are too far forward. This can give the appearance of “buck teeth” (protruding upper jaw), weak mandible ( retrognathia) and/or weak chin (microgenia). This is often referred to as an overbite
- Class III Malocclusion: The upper and lower molars do not fit together because the Lower teeth are too far forward. This can cause the lower jaw to jut out (prognathia) and give the appearance of a strong mandible. This is often referred to as an underbite.
Malocclusion Surgery and Treatment
Treatment for malocclusion can involve braces, functional appliances, removing troublesome teeth, or using surgery to correct teeth and jaw alignment. Functional appliances utilize the muscles in the mouth when speaking or eating to force teeth and the jaw to align. Depending on each individual case, functional appliances can be removable or bonded to teeth. Other types of treatment can include the use of braces or retainers, which gradually force the teeth to move.
Malocclusion surgery of the jaw is an orthodontic treatment available for adults. Surgery for malocclusion can restructure a person’s jaw to improve the jaw’s aesthetics and functionality. At the Jaw Surgery Center, our orthognathic surgeons use malocclusion surgery for patients with severe functional problems that include chewing or closing of the mouth. People can take advantage of this surgery to fix their jaws and eliminate problems associated with malocclusion.
Contact the Best Los Angeles Jaw Surgeons
Do you experience problems or pain because of your jaw? You may have issues with your teeth that are causing stress and functionality problems in your life. If you think you have a malocclusion condition, don’t hesitate to contact the orthognathic surgeons at the Jaw Surgery Center of Excellence to schedule malocclusion surgery or find out about other malocclusion treatments. Call (888) 391-3219 or fill out our online form.
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