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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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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?

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?

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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What health risks or health problems does malocclusion cause?

What health risks or health problems does malocclusion cause?

Yes: Not being able to chew efficiently and untoward effects to the jaw joints are two of the main risks to overall health. 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 is malocclusion?

What is malocclusion?

Bad Occlusion: Malocclusion is actually stating that the way your teeth come together is off or not ideal. Honestly almost eveyone has some form of malocclusion, however it usually is used to refer to someone with more prominent malocclusion, so the need for braces or even surgery+braces is needed to correct it. ...Read more

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How can I help malocclusion?

Orthodontist: Your local orthodontist is the expert in dental occlusion. They will be able to develop a treatment plan to fit your expectations. ...Read more

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What can correct malocclusion?

What can correct malocclusion?

Orthodontics: A proper orthodontic evaluation and treatment will correct malocclusion. ...Read more

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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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Best way to diagnose malocclusion?

Dentist: See your dentist for this diagnosis or an orthodontist. Are you having other symptoms like excessive tooth wear or TMJ pain? Good questions to ask and have answered. ...Read more

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What procedures treat malocclusion?

What procedures  treat malocclusion?

Jaw surgery, ortho: 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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What are the symptoms, signs of malocclusion?

What are the symptoms, signs of malocclusion?

Malocclusion: means the teeth are not aligned properly. Severe malocclusion is also known as: crowded teeth, misaligned teeth, crossbite, overbite, underbite, or anterior open bite. See an orthodontist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What can I do to manage my malocclusion at home?

It depends: This is an interesting question. I would recommend that you go see a dentist or an orthodontist and ask that question directly. The reason i say this is that I do not know your present dental condition, it is very difficult to say what you can do at home. Take this question to the professional and ask for a good straight forward answer. ...Read more

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Is a malocclusion a worse condition than an occlusion?

Is a malocclusion a worse condition than an occlusion?

?: The definition of a malocclusion is a bad bite (mal=bad, occlusion=bite). Occlusion is the way a person bits and their teeth come together. A malocclusion is a bad bite. ...Read more

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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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