What is a Malocclusion?

A malocclusion is a misalignment or incorrect relation between the teeth of the two opposing dental arches when they come together as the jaws are closed. The term “malocclusion” was first used by Edward Angle, the man known as “the father of modern orthodontics”. Angle came up with the word by taking the word occlusion (which literally means “the position of the teeth when the jaws are closed”) and adding the prefix mal (which is defined as “in a faulty manner”).

Mal + occlusion = faulty occlusion or incorrect occlusion, which perfectly describes a dental misalignment or other dental complication.

Today, malocclusion is used as a bit of an umbrella term for a host of many different and diverse dental problems that are being treated by most dentists in Singapore. From overcrowding to too much spacing to underbite to crossbite, dental malocclusions all have one thing in common: they cause a patient to suffer inconvenience, and very often, dental and/or jaw pain. Not only that, but malocclusions pose a very serious threat to a patient’s overall health. Visit your dental clinic in Singapore if you think you are suffering from a malocclusion to let them make an assessment.

Malocclusion Complications: The Serious Problems Your Dental Issues Can Cause

Our bodies are full of bacteria, and most of the time, through proper self-care and the awesome abilities of our natural body systems, we are able to keep the bad bacteria under control and allow the good bacteria to thrive.

In a mouth that hosts a dental malocclusion, especially in a mouth that is home to many overlapping teeth, bacteria finds a way to thrive. Bacteria forms a sort of film beneath the gums, especially where teeth overlap. This causes gum pockets to form, which succeeds in trapping even more bacteria and debris. This bacterial build up can inflame the gum tissues and even kill the gum tissue cells. Not only that, but as the bacteria builds up and destroys gum tissue cells, it can progress to also invade connective tissue and even blood vessels.

Your immune system will instinctively fight back, producing white blood cells and proteins to combat the inflammation. The combined force of white blood cells, acute phase proteins, bacteria, and toxins can successfully damage your arteries. This can cause plaque and even lead to a hardening of the arteries, which can be extremely detrimental to your overall body and heart health. This is one huge reason why it is so important to tend to malocclusions as soon as they are first noticed.

Treating Dental Malocclusions

Luckily, there is a very easy way to prevent against the malevolence of malocclusions. Invisalign is a painless, efficient technology that works to remedy your malocclusions and restore your teeth to perfect health. Orchard Scotts Dental is pleased to be able to offer patients Invisalign. Invisalign is specially fitted to your teeth in order to provide the best treatment possible.

Today, Invisalign aligners are adept enough to be able to treat nearly every dental malocclusion. If you do require a form of treatment alternative to Invisalign, Orchard Scotts Dental is able to other dental solutions. Whatever your need, Orchard Scotts Dental is here to serve.