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I have untreated class 1 malocclusion. what's going to happen as the disease progresses and when will it progress?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 17 years experience
Bad bites : A class i maloclussion means that your bite on the sides lines up correctly. So you have a good bite with crowded teeth most likely. Teeth that are straight are easier to keep clean. If your teeth are crowded then you may be more prone to periodontal disease which can eventually lead to tooth loss. The best defense as with any disease is prevention just like diabetes.
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Dr. James Beck
Dentistry 13 years experience
Keep them clean: I would not consider class 1 malocclusion a disease. Our distant ancestors did not have braces and no one ever died from crooked teeth. The biggest problem with malocclusion is keeping the teeth and gums clean around the crowding. You must get a dental cleaning every 6 months to keep teeth and periodontia healthy around the crowding. If you maintain oral hygiene you shouldn't have any problems.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 55 years experience
zit's just harder to do that with crooked teeth that wear irregularly, trap food debris and bacteria, and are unsightly. Consultation with an Orthodontic Specialist (1st visit usually complimentary) can give you a lot of answers.
Sep 26, 2013
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 55 years experience
Not a disease: A malocclusion as a malrelationship of the teeth and/or jaws, not a disease. If left untreated we often see premature aging (wear), compromised bone/gum support with mobility, and sometimes even jaw joint (TMJ) malfunction. Damage is usually a geometric, rather than an arithmatic, progression, increasing with age. Why not see an orthodontic specialist to find out the paths open to you?
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Dr. Hilary Baskin
Orthodontics 30 years experience
Not a disease: But your bite can continue to worsen. I would visit an orthodontist.
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Dr. Giovanni Marciano
Family Medicine 33 years experience
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Aug 20, 2013
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