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Malocclusion Treatment in Brisbane

Malocclusion refers to misalignment or improper positioning of the teeth when the jaws are closed. This common dental condition can have a significant impact on oral health. It encompasses various forms and affects individuals of all ages.

What Are the Types?

Common forms include:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Openbite
  • Overcrowding
  • Misaligned teeth
crossbite crowded teeth
openbite misaligned teeth
spacing teeth underbite

Causes and Contributing Factors

Here are some key contributors to malocclusion:

Genetics: Just like other physical traits, the way our teeth and jaws develop is largely determined by our genes. If a parent has malocclusion, there is a higher chance that their child will also have it.

Abnormal Jaw Development: Sometimes, the upper or lower jaw may grow at different rates, leading to an improper bite. This can be caused by conditions such as cleft lip and palate or other facial abnormalities.

Improper Dental Care: Poor oral hygiene and neglecting regular dental check-ups can lead to tooth decay and loss. This can cause the remaining teeth to shift, resulting in misalignment.

Childhood Habits: Mouth breathing, thumb sucking, prolonged pacifier use, and tongue thrusting are some common habits that can contribute to misalignment. These habits can put pressure on the teeth and jaws, causing them to shift out of alignment.

Facial Injuries: Accidents or injuries to the face can cause damage to the jaw or teeth, leading to malocclusion.

Delayed Orthodontic Treatment: Malocclusion may worsen if orthodontic treatment is postponed or not sought at all.

Signs and Symptoms

Recognising the signs and symptoms of malocclusion is essential for early detection and prompt intervention. Difficulty chewing or biting, speech problems, jaw pain, and self-esteem issues due to appearance are common indicators. Different types of misalignment may manifest differently, potentially impacting oral health in unique ways.

Treatment Options

Thankfully, there are various treatment options available for malocclusion, depending on its severity. Braces, clear aligners, orthodontic headgear, and, in severe cases, orthognathic surgery can help correct misalignment. Early intervention during childhood is particularly crucial to address misalignment and prevent further complications.

The Power of Prevention

Preventing malocclusion is possible with the right measures in place. We offer early orthodontic evaluations, recommend maintaining good oral hygiene, and encourage people to avoid habits that could contribute to misalignment. Of course, seeking timely dental care is also crucial.

Contact Us

If you have malocclusion, give Excellence in Dentistry a call today to schedule an appointment.

Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.


Malocclusion Treatment in Spring Hill, Brisbane CBD QLD | (07) 3839 7757