Malocclusion is the professional term we use to describe a “bad bite”. Malocclusion can be caused by either teeth or jaw misalignment, or both.
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems:
- Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease
- Protruding teeth are more susceptible to traumas and accidents
- Cross bites can result in asymmetrical jaw growth and uneven tooth wear
- Open bites can result in tongue thrusting habits and speech impediments
Ultimately malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth, and how you feel about your smile.