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Do you know what a malocclusion is and what treatments can be used to eradicate them? A malocclusion is commonly referred to as a bad bite that occurs when your teeth are not in their proper alignment. In some cases, it may be possible to adjust the alignment of a tooth without the need for orthodontic care. However, in situations where teeth are out of alignment or a tooth is extremely crooked, orthodontic treatments including braces and aligners may be required. Thus, it is important to understand the common types of malocclusions, such as the following:

– An overbite is a condition in which your upper incisors stick out past your lower incisors.
– An open bite is a situation in which the top and bottoms of your teeth do not connect properly.
– Underbites occur when the lower incisors do not match up with the upper incisors.
– In situations where a misplaced midline occurs, the center of your upper incisors does not match up with the center of your lower incisors
– Crossbites occur when your upper and lower jawbones do not match up.
– Spacing malocclusions arise when there are gaps between teeth, or your teeth are too overcrowded.
– Transposition malocclusions include times when teeth do not erupt in their proper location in your mouth
– Rotation malocclusions arise when you have improperly rotated teeth.

To talk about your orthodontic treatment options with Lifetime Dental Care, you can make an appointment at our office in Hays, Kansas. Dr. Jeffrey Lowe and our team can be reached at (785) 498-7130.