Non-ideal bites, also known as malocclusions, are responsible for a variety of oral health issues that can cause problems with everyday life, including chewing, speaking and even sleeping.
While malocclusion can be due to genetics and lifestyle factors, accidents are also known to cause the jaw and teeth to shift, resulting in a problematic bite. For some people, it’s obvious when a malocclusion is present. But for others, the signs are less noticeable and it might take a dentist or orthodontist to determine that bite correction may be needed.
Some of the signs you may notice yourself include:
The first step if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above is to see your dentist. Dentists have a trained eye that can easily spot signs that teeth are misaligned. Uneven wear of teeth is typically a sure sign. Teeth grinding -- typically while sleeping -- is a major cause of uneven teeth wear and other orthodontic issues.
If your dentist does determine that you have a problematic bite -- whether due to crowding, spacing, an overbite, underbite, crossbite or open bite -- he or she may refer you to an orthodontist for further evaluation and treatment.
After a comprehensive exam, your orthodontist will recommend treatment options that may include:
In some cases, surgically assisted orthodontics may be recommended to correct a severe malocclusion from a misaligned jaw. Orthognathic surgery is a procedure that involves moving the upper jaw or maxilla forward, backward, or even widening it.
Orthognathic surgery is commonly performed in conjunction with orthodontic treatment. At times, supplemental procedures are done to ensure symmetry and harmony of the facial profile. These may include chin surgery (or genioplasty), cheek augmentation, jaw implants, or malar implants.
At Park Smiles NYC, we’re fortunate to have an award-winning team of world-class dentists. We also have on-staff some of the best general and cosmetic dentists, pediatric dentists and anesthesiologists in New York City, if not the country.
We are also pleased to offer a state-of-the-art facility accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. This accreditation assures our patients of the highest standards in safety and quality. No matter what treatment is recommended for you, the skilled staff at Park Smiles NYC is here to provide the most effective and safe treatments to restore the function of your bite and beauty of your smile.
When you’re ready to take the next step to orthodontic treatment and the beautiful, healthy and straight smile of your dreams, schedule your consultation at Park Smiles NYC at (212) 988-6724. Our skilled orthodontic team looks forward to serving you soon!
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