What is Malocclusion?

Malocclusion is the term dentists use to describe an overbite or underbite. An overbite is a common orthodontic condition in which the upper teeth over lap or fall over the lower arch of teeth. An under bite occurs when the upper teeth fit inside the arch of the lower teeth. While an overbite may be unsightly, it will probably not cause any major health concerns but left untreated, an underbite may eventually lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) which affects the jaw joint, resulting in pain while opening the mouth, headaches and a wide range of other symptoms.


These types of bite disorders can be repaired by your dentist using orthodontics. Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that treats improper bites, crowding of the teeth and tooth irregularity. Options for correcting malocclusion are braces, dental appliances, or Invisalign.


Invisalign is a series of clear, removable aligners that are used as an alternative to traditional metal braces. These series of clear aligners slowly move the teeth into the proper place. You begin with taking some dental impressions that are used to make your aligners. Your dentist gradually takes you through these aligners and over time you will start to see you teeth move into the proper position. Correcting these types of bites with Invisalign is a terrific alternative to old metal braces. With advances in Invisalign technology over the past several years treatment for more severe cases of malocclusion is now possible.


If you have any questions regarding overbite or underbite or how the Invisalign system can help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile by emailing our cosmetic dentistry office today to schedule your initial Invisalign consultation. Dr. LeSueur and Dr. Dodaro, treat patients in Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and other East Valley Cities in Arizona.

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