At Children’s Dental Group, one of the most common dental issues that our Fountain Valley pediatric dentist treats is the different forms of pediatric malocclusions. A malocclusion is the technical term for having a bad or improper bite. It means that the teeth and jaws are not in an ideal position. Malocclusions can affect your child’s ability to clean their teeth properly, their overall gum health, the development of their jaw, and in some cases, their speech. If you think your child may have a malocclusion, you should bring her in to see our Fountain Valley pediatric dentist. We can also identify a malocclusion during a routine exam at Children’s Dental Group.
There are several different kinds of malocclusions. One common type of malocclusion is the underbite. In an underbite, the lower jaw is extended out further than normal, causing them to be in front of the upper teeth. The opposite of an underbite is an overbite, another common type of malocclusion. An overbite is when the upper front teeth are extended out over the lower teeth, which can sometimes make it so that the lower teeth bite into the roof of the mouth. Other common malocclusions include excess spacing and crowding, crossbites, upper front teeth protrusion, open bite, and more.
How each type of malocclusion is treated depends on the individual patient. In most cases, the earlier our Fountain Valley pediatric dentist begins treatment the better, so that we can ensure smoother tooth and jaw development for your child as they grow older. Some common treatments include: braces, retainers, tooth extractions, and more. Again, the treatment will depend on your child’s individual situation and will be tailored to their needs. We are always sure to discuss all available options with our patients and their parents to come to a well-formed decision about treatments.
To learn more about basic dental health topics and the related services that our Fountain Valley pediatric dentist provides, we invite you to browse through the additional information we have made available on the main Children’s Dental Group website. You can also contact our friendly team of staff members directly if you have a specific question or concern, or if you would like to book an appointment. Feel free to contact us by phone or online. We look forward to seeing you and your family soon at Children’s Dental Group.