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A malocclusion refers to an incorrect relationship between the upper and lower dental arches or a misalignment of the teeth. It is a common issue resulting from genetic factors, poor oral habits, or other developmental factors.

Orthodontists specialize in treating malocclusions, which are classified into three main types: Class I, Class II (overbite), and Class III (underbite). Severe malocclusions may require treatment by both an orthodontist and a maxillofacial surgeon to reconstruct the jaw.

Seeking treatment for a malocclusion is important for several reasons. It reduces the risk of tooth decay, improves oral hygiene by addressing overcrowding, and lowers the risk of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome by relieving pressure on the jaw joint.

Treatment typically involves dental braces, which may be fixed multibracket braces or removable devices like retainers, headgear, or palatal expanders. Invisalign® aligners are another option, offering a discreet and removable alternative to traditional braces. Consulting with an orthodontist allows for a tailored treatment plan to address the specific malocclusion and achieve optimal results.


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