Manhattan Beach, California
Malocclusion is the medical term that applies to common bite conditions in which the teeth are misaligned or irregularly spaced. Orthodontic treatment focuses on correcting your bite for an appealing, healthy smile and optimal function.
Manhattan Beach orthodontist Dr. JD Miller offers multiple types of braces and other treatment options so you can find the most effective orthodontic solution for you or your child. To learn more, please call Surfside Smiles at 310-947-1810.
Common Bite Conditions
Everyone’s bite is different, and each patient receives an individualized treatment plan. That said, there are a number of common dental malocclusions:
- Crossbite: In which upper teeth reach the inside of the lower front teeth when the mouth is closed
- Overbite: In which the top front teeth extend beyond the lower front teeth when closing the mouth
- Underbite: In which the lower front teeth extend beyond the upper front teeth when the mouth is closed
The value of orthodontic treatment to correct bite problems can be beneficial to your overall health as well as your appearance and self-esteem. If not treated, many malocclusions can contribute to a heightened risk for premature teeth wear, tooth decay and gum disease, as well as joint and muscle conditions like temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD).
Orthodontic Treatment Options
Bite correction isn’t limited to conventional braces, although braces remain the best choice for some patients. Other orthodontic treatments include:
The right choice depends on a number of individual factors, including the specifics of your malocclusion. Your complimentary thorough exam and consultation with Dr. Miller will determine the best solution for bringing your smile into alignment.
To learn more about bite correction options for you or your child, please contact Surfside Smiles Orthodontics today. Dr. Miller welcomes patients from the greater Manhattan Beach, California, area.