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
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"We had a wonderful experience today! The staff is amazing and the dentist was extremely sweet to my son and I! 10 out of 10 experience!"- S.W. / Google / Dec 21, 2022
"A very professional dental clinic with top shelf hospitality. Dr. Felli is warm, kind, and conscientious. All questions regarding care are explained well in addition to alternative treatment options. I highly recommend making an appointment at Cuddly Smiles for an amazing dental experience."- J. / Google / Dec 16, 2022
"The staff are always so friendly & helpful! I always have a great experience here."- S.K. / Google / Dec 11, 2022
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.