When you hear the word “malocclusion,” what comes to mind? It seems extremely technical, but in reality, malocclusion refers to crooked teeth or a bad bite. Malocclusion is common and usually happens when teeth have little to too much room in the jaw, resulting in misaligned smiles.
How is malocclusion diagnosed?
The obvious signs of malocclusion are crooked teeth, but it’s an orthodontist who can really determine whether you have mild to severe malocclusion. If your children are in need of orthodontics, a dentist usually checks for malocclusion during regular check-ups and will recommend visiting an orthodontist if the jaw or teeth are out of place.
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, children should get their first orthodontic evaluation at the age of 7.
What are my treatment options?
At Leone & Vaughn Orthodontics, our orthodontists in Seattle provide the latest techniques and technologies to address malocclusion for you and your family to live a better life free from a crooked smile.
If your child is in need of orthodontics, we provide early orthodontic treatment to address any children’s smile imperfections at an early age. Drs. Leone and Vaughn can:
- Correct and guide jaw growth to help permanent teeth come into ideal positions
- Correct malocclusion
- Create space for crowded teeth
- Prevent the need for tooth extractions down the road
- Improve minor speech problems
- Create facial symmetry
For adults, we have many treatments that cater to your lifestyle. We are committed to excellence, which is why we always put our patients first. From the very first phone call to the day you see your new smile, we will provide an exceptional experience.
Our orthodontics are truly remarkable. We offer:
- Metal braces
- Ceramic braces
- In-ovation braces
- SureSmiles braces
- Two-phase orthodontics
- Surgical orthodontics
- TAD treatment
- Dentofacial orthopedics
- Sleep apnea
Whether you are going through malocclusion or want to transform your smile, our orthodontists in Seattle are ready to help. Give us a call and schedule your consultation.