Some Conclusions on Malocclusions

dental-visit6-300x200 Your teeth are important to your health and well-being. That’s a fact.

But if your teeth aren’t aligned properly, they can’t perform the functions they’re designed for.

Why is alignment important?

  • Misalignment could mean that an underbite, overbite, or crowded teeth are making it hard for you to chew your food properly.
  • Misalignment may mean that you need to breathe through your mouth instead of your nose.
  • Misalignment may result in speech problems or could alter the appearance of your face.

Occlusion is the term used to refer to your tooth alignment. Your teeth should fit easily within your mouth without crowding. It is sometimes called your “bite.”

Malocclusion is the term for the misalignment of your teeth; the imperfect positioning of your teeth when your jaw is closed. Malocclusion is an alignment problem but it can also lead to serious oral health complications. 

Alignment of your upper teeth is needed to prevent you from biting your lips and cheeks. Alignment of the lower teeth is needed to protect your tongue from being bitten.

Most malocclusions are inherited making prevention difficult.

However, there are some habits or conditions that may change the structure and shape of the jaw, such as:

  • Injury to the jaw
  • Cleft lip or palate
  • Prolonged bottle feeding
  • Pacifier use after the age of three
  • Thumb sucking into early childhood
  • Abnormally shaped or missing teeth

Most mild malocclusions do not require treatment. Severe malocclusions should be treated to prevent progression to TMJ (Temporomandibular Jaw) disorders.

Malocclusions can be treated with oral surgery in combination with orthodontic treatments.

Teeth may be removed to correct overcrowding, the jaw may be reshaped or shortened. Patients may be fitted with braces to aid in achieving their perfect “bite.”

Remember: Early detection is key in determining the type of and length of treatment – the earlier the treatment, the better the outcome.

Do you have questions about your “bite’? We can help!
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Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Happy New Year to all our patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

There’s just something about a new year! It represents a clean slate, a new beginning for many of us. As we finished up with 2020, we all want to believe that 2021 will bring a sort of relief from much of what the past year has brought us. 

Although there are still many restrictions and hurdles ahead of us, we are all doing our best to prove that we are resilient and focused on brighter and healthier days ahead.

The start of 2021 finds many of us evaluating our health and making plans and potential changes for the year ahead. So, as you are making some New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to add dental care to that list!

Managing your dental health is a key factor of keeping your immune system strong to help protect you against any attack. Just as important as a good diet, rest and exercise, your dental health is something you should not ignore.

Often dental changes can happen with little to no discomfort or warning. Just as changes in the rest of your body happen, it is the same for your teeth and mouth. We all know that age, stress, hormones and busy schedules (just to name a few) sneak up on us and seem to cause changes to our bodies almost overnight. Where you used to be able to eat whatever you wanted, barely exercise and stay up all hours of the night, you might be noticing that you just can’t do that anymore! It is similar with our dental care routine. If you have been doing the same routine for what seems like forever, it might be time to evaluate and change things, even slightly, to be more effective in keeping your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.

Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is here to help make your health a top priority. We look forward to continuing to work with you as life changes happen and want to make dental pain and emergency the smallest challenges possible.

This past year we have been working even harder to make our office a safe, welcoming place for you to visit. You may notice our policies and protocols have changed and will continue to do so based on recommendations from our professional colleges, provincial and local health authorities. Please respect these new policies and understand that some extra screening and time is required in order to achieve this. To keep things running smoothly, it is very important to complete all screening paperwork prior to all visits to our office. If the required paperwork is not completed, we may need to reschedule your appointment time.

Contact our team to schedule a dental appointment to help you be the healthiest you in 2021.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Dr Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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