Dentist in DeWitt
Michael F. Miller, DMD
4311 E. Genesee Street
DeWitt, NY 13214
New Patients: (315) 947-0928
Existing Patients: (315) 446-8050

Malocclusion

Malocclusion means the teeth are not aligned properly.

Causes

Malocclusion is often hereditary, which means the condition is passed down through families. There may be a difference between the size of the upper and lower jaws or between jaw and tooth size, resulting in the overcrowding of teeth.

Variations in size or structure of either jaw may affect its shape, as can birth defects such as cleft lip and palate. Other causes of malocclusion include:

Exams and Tests

Most problems with teeth alignment are discovered by a dentist during a routine exam. The dentist may pull your cheek outward and ask you to bite down to check how well your back teeth come together. If there is any problem, the dentist will usually refer you to an orthodontist for diagnosis and treatment.

Dental x-rays, head or skull x-rays or facial x-rays will usually be done by the orthodontist as are plaster or plastic molds of the teeth.

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