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This can negatively affect your smile, your confidence and even your overall dental health. Malocclusion of the teeth is a misalignment problem that can lead to serious oral health complications. It’s also known as:
The teeth won’t be able to perform vital functions if they’re misaligned. This may be treated by a competent Orthodontist, who can help you to protect your overall oral and digestive health.
Occlusion is a term that is used to refer to the alignment of your teeth. Ideally, your teeth should fit easily within your mouth without any crowding or spacing issues. Also, none of your teeth should be rotated or twisted. The teeth of your upper jaw should slightly overlap the teeth of your lower jaw so that the pointed ridges of your molars fit into the groves of the opposite molar.
Deviations from ideal occlusion are known as malocclusion. The type of deviation varies, but any type of misalignment can cause issues. Alignment of upper teeth is needed to prevent the cheeks and lips from being bitten, while alignment of lower teeth is needed to protect the tongue from being bitten. I offer my patients and readers more information about malocclusion in my book, “A Healthy, Happy Smile: Eight Reasons to Straighten Your Teeth.”
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The symptoms of Malocclusion are as follows:
Most malocclusions, in children and adults, can be treated with Invisalign. Early treatment in childhood will reduce the duration of treatment, and also make it less expensive over time, by avoiding surgery or extractions. At the time of consultation, various options will be presented based on the type of malocclusion.
Adults can get remarkable results. However, treatment for adults will generally take longer and will be more expensive. The earlier you treat malocclusion, the better the outcome!
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Dr. Alexa Alborzi is a certified orthodontic specialist providing comprehensive orthodontic care for the children, teens, and adults of San Mateo and Half Moon Bay. Dr. Alborzi earned her BA. degree in Biochemistry from University of California, Berkeley was trained at University of California San Francisco, School of Dentistry. Dr. Alborzi has served as a respected professor at the University of San Francisco, School of Dentistry for over fourteen years. Additionally, Dr. Alborzi was voted by her community in 2019 as the Bay Area Best of the Best.