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How can i help malocclusion?

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Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 19 years experience
Orthodontist: Your local orthodontist is the expert in dental occlusion. They will be able to develop a treatment plan to fit your expectations.
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Dr. David Schleimer
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Make sure that oral and nasal breathing are within normal and that any pernicious habits (tongue thrusting, thumb sucking etc) are addressed. Other than that, a doctor must help guide you. Orthodontics really is a wonderful specialty!
Apr 11, 2013
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 55 years experience
Team-work: The team of you, your dentist, and an orthodontic specialist will work together to resolve your bad bite. See a qualified orthodontist (ask your dentist for referral) to get the (if you'll pardon the pun) "straight story." you'll be glad you did.
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Dr. David Schleimer
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40 years experience
Consult with Dr.: Not all malocclusions need treatment, but many will benefit from it. There is little one can do at home to effect a more positive outcome. Quit bad habits: thumb or finger sucking etc, access continuing and preventive dental care. If your dds feels orthodontics would be of help, investigate with a specialist, it really is a wonderful specialty. Good luck!
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Dr. Hilary Baskin
Orthodontics 30 years experience
See an orthodontist: Don't know any other way to address this.
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Dr. David Ostreicher
Specializes in Orthodontics
Invisalign: The best choice for a 40 year old patient with malocclusion would be invisalign, a series of nearly invisible trays that are worn for 22 hours per day.
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Dr. Jason Clark
Dr. Jason Clark commented
Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry
Anyone considering straight teeth should seek a thorough evaluation from a qualified health care provider. Invisalign will not provide optimal results for all 40 year olds.
Oct 24, 2013
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 55 years experience
In the hands of skilled Orthodontic Specialists traditional Orthodontic treatment averages >90% improvement in function, stability, and esthetics. Clear Aligners average <50% improvement, usually at higher cost. Many non-Orthodontists have become enamored with the Invisalign Appliance because it's available to them with diagnostic decisions handed over to a lab tech.
Oct 24, 2013

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What can help treat malocclusion?

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Dr. Stanley Siu
Cosmetic Dentistry 19 years experience
Ortho vs restorative: Malocclusion is a problem in the way the upper & lower teeth fit together in biting or chewing. It literally means "bad bite". The two main forms of malocclusion are skeletal & dental. Skeletal requires orthognathic surgery & orthodontics to correct. Dental malocclusion can be corrected by ortho alone. Some malocclusion can be corrected by having restorative work done alone or in combo w/ ortho.
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A 47-year-old member asked:

What is malocclusion?

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Dr. Jay Kansal
Dentistry 16 years experience
Bite is not right: A malocclusion means that your teeth arent fitting right together when you bite. Teeth are supposed to fit a certain way and you are supposed to bite on certain areas of your tooth (after you get a filling done, the dentist makes you bite on a blue piece of paper- that is what they are checking). Some ways malocclusions can be fixed is by braces or an occlusal adjustment.
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