One of the most common problems that lead to the need for an orthodontic treatment is having
a bad bite or a malocclusion. It can be due to:
- Having a small mouth. When a person has a small mouth, there is only a limited space
for the entire set of teeth to grow. It may result to teeth crowding once permanent
teeth start erupting.
- Tongue thrusting. There are children who are fond of thrusting their tongue forward
and pressing their tongue against their lips. The force of thrusting may result to
the protrusion of the teeth or “open bite” which is among other issues.
- Not enough or extra teeth. There are people who suffer from having extra teeth or
sometime lack enough teeth. Whether you lack the number of teeth or have extra
teeth, your bite can always be affected. Moreover, the loss of any baby teeth in an
untimely manner and other traumatic injury in the face may also affect a person’s
ability to get a perfect bite.
- Misaligned bone and jaw structure. This problem may cause malocclusion or affect
one’s bite. Malocclusion may lead to the difficulty of speaking or chewing or
sometimes affect the function of the teeth. Moreover, it may also lead to other
kinds of oral health conditions like TMD and bruxing or teeth grinding.
- Poor habits on the muscular functions. Malocclusion can be the cause of poor habits
on muscular functions like thumb sucking during and even beyond infancy. There are
other adults who still suck their thumbs or fingers, which results to tongue
thrusting and can lead to affecting the facial and dental development.