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What Causes Malocclusion?

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What Causes Malocclusion?

Malocclusion is a misalignment of the teeth. It can result in many serious oral health issues, and is generally caused by a combination of inherited and behavioural factors.


There are several different types of malocclusions, such as underbite, overbite, crowded teeth, crossbite and open bite.

All these misalignment issues can prevent the teeth form performing their eating, breathing and speaking functions correctly.

So what are the causes of malocclusion? Can it be prevented?

Most of the time, malocclusion is an inherited and therefore can’t be prevented. But if it's caught early on, it can be treated, thereby keeping the problem from becoming more serious over time.

In other cases, malocclusion can be the result of certain conditions or habits that can be preventable. If these issues are dealt with early enough, then malocclusion can be more or less avoided. These include:

  • injuries resulting in jaw misalignment
  • frequent pacifier use past the page of 3
  • thumb sucking past the age of 3
  • prolonged bottle feeding
  • poor dental care resulting in tooth loss

BY preventing the above problems early on, the malocclusion that might otherwise result can be avoided.

If you have questions about malocclusion, or think you or your child are suffering from it, please contact Ridge Meadows Orthodontics today, to book a consultation.

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