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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Malocclusion (Overview)

A malocclusion describes the inability of teeth to bite with one another correctly. Commonly the dental arches show poor alignment of the teeth. A malocclusion can be due to dental or skeletal disharmony or both. Orthodontics is the specialty that deals with the diagnosis, treatment planning and implementation of correction of these anomalies. It is an advanced specialty of dentistry.


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Is it possible for my wisdom teeth to cause malocclusion and tmj?

Is it possible for my wisdom teeth to cause malocclusion and tmj?

Yes, many patients w: Wisdom teeth that are erupted into the mouth can have bite issues which can correlate with TMJ problems. Exam and occlusal analysis can confirm this. I have extracted third molars many times over 30 years due to malocclusion. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
236 doctors shared insights

Malocclusion (Overview)

A malocclusion describes the inability of teeth to bite with one another correctly. Commonly the dental arches show poor alignment of the teeth. A malocclusion can be due to dental or skeletal disharmony or both. Orthodontics is the specialty that deals with the diagnosis, treatment planning and implementation of correction of these anomalies. It is an advanced specialty of dentistry.


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What is the definition or description of: malocclusion?

What is the definition or description of: malocclusion?

Tooth mis-alignment: A malocclusion describes the inability of teeth to bite with one another correctly. Commonly the dental arches show poor alignment of the teeth. A malocclusion can be due to dental or skeletal disharmony or both. Orthodontics is the specialty that deals with the diagnosis, treatment planning and implementation of correction of these anomalies. It is an advanced specialty of dentistry. ...Read more

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What can help treat malocclusion?

What can help treat malocclusion?

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. ...Read more

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Are there any less visible alternatives to braces? Braces are so obvious. Is there a less visible alternative for treating malocclusion? .

Are there any less visible alternatives to braces? Braces are so obvious. Is there a less visible alternative for treating malocclusion?


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Yes, but...: Malocclusions are obvious too, for life. There are less visible ways of correction, but unless in the hands of a truly gifted doctor and the case is not too difficult, conventional braces (clear or metal) are the most efficient way of correctly treating the problem. 1+ years in braces can give a lifetime of an equally obvious terrific smile. Life is full of compromises. ...Read more

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Can there be any quick treatment for malocclusion of my teeth?

Yes: If you are in a rush to straighten your teeth there are several mechanisms to speed things up. Ask your orthodontist about 1. Propel: this uses small "micro-perferations" to speed teeth movement. 2. Acceladent: this is an intra-oral vibrator that speeds things up. 3. Wickodontics: a combination surgical-orthodontic technique. ...Read more

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What are good treatments for class II malocclusion?

Class II malocclusion: Depending on the age and skeletal Class II diagnosis, an orthodontic treatment, surgical treatment or both will be carried out. See your orthodontist for proper diagnosis, imaging and treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an underbite..how can I get rid of it and make my teeth straight?

What to do if I have an underbite..how can I get rid of it and make my teeth straight?

A process: Hi there. Underbite management can range from simple braces to reconstruction jaw surgery. You would need a thorough evaluation and have all the measurements taken to see how simple or complex your particular situation is. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Can braces correct malocclusion in adults?

Can braces correct malocclusion in adults?

Yes - depends: Most adults present for braces to improve their smiles. A great new smile provides so many benefits. They may also enter orthodontic treatment to improve the health of their bite or to prepare teeth for needed dental work. In other words, braces absolutely correct malocclusions of adults. ...Read more

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Can i get braces if I have malocclusion?

Yes: That is the goal of orthodontic treatment, to correct any malooclusion. Sometimes the malocclusion is so severe that in an individual who has stopped growing, surgery may be needed to fully correct the problem. ...Read more

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What increases my risk for malocclusion after braces?

What increases my risk for malocclusion after braces?

Retainers: If you don't wear your retainers, your teeth will begin moving. I recommend to my patients that they wear their retainers 24/7 for the first 4-6 months after removing the braces, then at night indefinitely. Once you stop wearing your retainers, your teeth can and most likely, will begin moving. ...Read more

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