At Ritchie Dental Group in Brady and Marble Falls, we offer comprehensive orthodontic treatment. We offer various treatments in orthodontics for residents of Marble Falls, Burnet, and Brady, TX to straighten teeth and improve bite function.
Edward Angle, a pioneer in modern orthodontics invented the term malocclusion- bad bite. Malocclusion is fairly common in the population as a whole but, fortunately, in most cases the misalignment is so slight that it causes no issues.
When you combine multiple teeth on two arches and a jaw joint with a considerable range of motion, it is easy to see how these elements can fail to align properly. In fact, it is a wonder that they work correctly for most people – allowing them to talk, eat, and breathe without giving it a second thought.
There are many causes of malocclusion –
some originating with the teeth and some originating with the jaw. Misshapen teeth, extracted teeth, impacted teeth, crowded teeth, and widely spaced teeth can affect the bite. Injury to the jaw can also cause malocclusion as well as improperly fitting restorations and other dental appliances.
Children with a normal bite can develop bite problems with
- prolonged pacifier use,
- thumb sucking or
- bottle drinking.
The treatment for malocclusion depends on the cause. Orthodontics can move teeth into alignment to fix bite troubles. Overcrowding often requires extraction of one or more teeth. Misshapen teeth that affect the bite can often be corrected with crowns or dental bonding.
If you think you have a bad bite, or jaw pain, call us today for an orthodontic consultation. At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls, our services include general and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. We’re here to help!