You might hear Dr. Miller talk about malocclusion during your orthodontic consultation or appointment. Malocclusion is a misalignment of teeth or incorrect relation between the teeth and the two arches. Most people have some degree of malocclusion, but often it is not serious enough to require treatment. People with severe malocclusion may require orthodontic treatment and sometimes orthognathic (surgical) treatment.

Corrections of malocclusion may reduce the risk of tooth decay. If your teeth are very crowded, it is more difficult to brush and floss between them. As you correct a malocclusion and teeth straighten, it becomes much easier to care for them. Corrections in malocclusions may also help relieve excessive pressure on the temporormandibular joint.

Malocclusions are classified based on the relative position of the maxillary first molar. The teeth should all fit on a line of occlusion, a smooth curve all the way around the arch. Any variation from this is a malocclusion. You can have a malocclusion of many different classes on both the left and right sides.

Stay tuned to learn about the different classifications of malocclusions!