What is Dental Malocclusion?
Dental malocclusion is identified as a mismatched bite and misaligned jaw that result because of a faulty matchup between the top and bottom teeth. This may create crooked teeth, overcrowding in the mouth, or bite problems (underbite, overbite, crossbite). Dental malocclusion is divided into three separate grades. Class I is the most prevalent and appears when the upper teeth overlap the lower row. The second class (II) is when the upper jaw and teeth seriously overlap the bottom jaw and teeth. Class three (III) occurs when the bottom jaw juts out, making it overlap the upper jaw and teeth. Though it's commonly hereditary, malocclusion can also be exacerbated by teeth grinding, trauma, or thumb-sucking. If not properly treated, dental malocclusion can lead to TMJ, gum disease, and sleep disorders. Pediatric dentists Dr. Yvonne Felli and Dr. Ajikwaga Felli of Cuddly Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics are highly skilled in the identification and treatment of dental malocclusions and have years of experience helping Plano, Frisco, and Lucas, TX children with bite conditions.
"I had an amazing experience with my 5 year old and 3 year old boys. The office was very clean and kid friendly with all the vibrant colors. Teresa and Laurie were friendly, and made my boys feel comfortable for their first dental cleaning appointment. Dr. Yvonne and Ajikwaga Felli were very professional and informative. Overall, everyone was welcoming!"- N.M. / Google / Jun 05, 2022
"Dr. Yvonne Fellini is amazing she was so kind to my daughter and the dental assistant are sweethearts"- A.R. / Google / Sep 01, 2023
"We were recommended to Cuddly from our hospital lactation consultant when we had our baby. He was born with a tongue tie and lip tie that made sucking hard for him when it was feeding time. From the first time we called them, Cuddly's employees are so kind and super nice. They listened and helped walked me through the process of getting my son an appointment to get it fixed. They called my insurance for me to make sure that the procedures were accepted and explained to me the cost. When we went to see them, the were always transparent about what is needed to be done, how much insurance would pay and what is the cost left to us. The dentist is amazing, she is so sweet and was great with our son and every kid that we saw in there. The dentist assistants were just as sweet and super thorough. We are so happy that we have found Cuddly, ever since we got the procedure done, my son has been able to sleep, feed and breath better. I would 100% recommend everyone take their kids here. They are great at easing your worries and aid you in understanding all this confusing health care stuff."- L.H. / Google / Sep 01, 2023
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"Great dentist doctor, staff members very patient and professional highly recommended."- H.B. / Google / Aug 31, 2023
How Will My Child's Dental Malocclusion Be Treated?
The most common treatment for dental malocclusion is normally in the form of orthodontics. This could include things, like retainers, clear teeth aligners, or braces. Children who have acute overcrowding of the teeth may need to have a few teeth pulled before they are ready for additional treatment. If the jaw is badly misaligned, we may recommend surgery to properly reposition it and fix deformities. In the event that orthodontics are suggested as a treatment, your child may need to wear them for two or more years. When the teeth are fixed, a permanent or removable retainer could be recommended to help keep the teeth in the correct position. Following any type of therapy, you should maintain routine dental examinations for your child so that we can continue to watch their bite for changes.
Treat Your Child's Dental Malocclusion
Dental issues related to malocclusion can cause emotional and physical discomfort and may lead to more severe problems if not treated. At Cuddly Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, we strive to find and address malocclusion to allow your child to have a straighter and more comfortable smile. Get in touch with our Allen, TX practice soon to set up a consultation with one of our pediatric dentists, Dr. Yvonne Felli or Dr. Ajikwaga Felli, and take one step closer to realigning your child's smile.