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If you are considering orthodontic treatment at Straight Smile in College Park, Maryland, it may be because you have a malocclusion. What is that? A malocclusion refers to any misalignment of the teeth or jaw. Classic examples include overbites, underbites, cross bites and open bites.

What is the cause of a malocclusion? Scientists have evaluated the jawbones of our ancestors and discovered that theirs were much larger. Dietary and genetic changes have resulted in smaller jaws, but evolution sometimes doesn’t quite catch up, with too many teeth for the size of the jaw. Malocclusions are also at risk when little ones suck their thumbs, thrust their tongues, or use pacifiers regularly or when a child loses their baby teeth before their time. All these factors can affect the position in which the teeth erupt from the gums.

The treatment of a malocclusion should include orthodontics, especially braces. This may include the extraction of baby teeth or even adult teeth. On occasion, your orthodontist, Dr. Christopher Liang, may recommend other orthodontic appliances to aid in correcting or even preventing a malocclusion, such as headgear, a space-maintainer, elastics, and retainers.

If you have any questions about how we might choose to treat your malocclusion, the best thing to do is schedule a consultation with Dr. Christopher Liang. You can call our friendly orthodontic staff at 301-841-9348 today!