Malocclusions are ultimately what keeps us orthodontists in business. The word literally means “bad bite”. Our job is to correct these bad bites so that our patients can have an improved quality of life. Many of us go through our lives ignoring our malocclusion or not thinking that it is severe enough to be treated. But fixing it can make a world of difference in your day to day life.
Here are just a couple of the ways that a malocclusion can negatively impact you:
Improper Chewing and Biting
When your teeth are not resting properly in your mouth, it can lead to a number of functional problems. You may find yourself constantly biting your cheek and tongue, creating painful sores on the tender surfaces of your mouth. Some patients suffer daily discomfort from a misaligned bite. A jaw that is out of line will trigger soft tissue pain because your facial muscles, ligaments, and tendons are working to adjust. This is the same as when you have a sore leg and your other leg will overcompensate.
Speech is a complex psycho-physiological process wherein the teeth, lips, and tongue are the primary tools. How you articulate consonants depends on your tooth structure. That being said, if your teeth jut forward, or are pushed back too far, this could lead to articulatory speech disorders such as lisps. In fact, half of all speech disorders are due to malocclusions. Luckily, most of these cases can be fixed with orthodontic treatment.
One of the biggest reasons that patients come in for treatment is because they want to feel comfortable in their own skin, and their current oral situation is holding them back from that confidence. Many people have hid their smiles all their life because they don’t like how they look.
Orthodontic treatment can give you a reason to smile again, so you can focus less on covering your mouth, and more on those beautiful moments.
If you are experiencing any or all of these issues, you may be suffering from a malocclusion. All of them can be experienced in varying severity, but it is ultimately up to you whether or not you want this to change. If you’re ready to take the next step, Vancouver Orthodontists are here to help you fix your bite and improve your life! Contact us.