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Were you told that you have a malocclusion? Are you trying to find out what can be done about it? You are not the only one. Roughly one in every five people have a form of malocclusion, which is when the teeth between the jaws connect irregularly. These can include overbites, cross bites and under bites.

Classes
-Class I: teeth could have gaps between them or may be crowded or rotated. The upper and lower jaws may not meet properly.
-Class II: the lower jaw sits too far back creating an over bite. This is the most common form of malocclusion.
-Class III: the lower jaw sticks out beyond the upper jaw creating an under bite. This could damage teeth and, if not treated, could progress into more serious problems.

What Can Cause Malocclusions?
-Frequent thumb sucking or tongue thrusting
-If your jaws are different sizes
-If teeth are lost prematurely

Treatment
In most situations, our orthodontist can treat the different kinds of malocclusions with braces. This treatment typically begins in childhood or early adolescence, but it is never too late for someone to seek treatment. Throughout this orthodontic regimen, it is crucial that you practice good dental hygiene by brushing your teeth and flossing. Doing so can help to greatly reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.

If you would like to know more about the treatment of malocclusions, or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kirby Nelson, please contact Kirby Nelson Orthodontics at 425-888-1896. We are proud to help those who live in North Bend, Washington, and the surrounding areas.