In a ideal situation, our teeth would bite down in a very specific way to optimize function and oral health. Unfortunately, our teeth are almost never naturally perfect. This causes problems with chewing, oral hygiene, speaking and aesthetics and if not corrected can affect a person’s self-esteem and self-confidence for a lifetime. The earlier orthodontic problems are corrected, the better the chance we have at giving you or your child a broad, beautiful smile.
Malocclusion, or ‘bad bite’, is often times a genetic problem. A bad bite can also be caused by thumb or finger-sucking, mouth breathing, dental disease, abnormal swallowing, poor dental hygiene, the early or late loss of baby teeth, accidents or poor nutrition. Trauma and other medical conditions such as birth defects may contribute to orthodontic problems as well.