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The Long-Term effects of Bite Issues:

Why early treatment matters

At Aidencare Dental Clinic, we understand the complexities of dental health and emphasise the importance of addressing all aspects of oral wellness, including occlusion or the alignment of the bite.

Malocclusion, commonly referred to as "bad bite" occurs when the teeth are aligned incorrectly, leading to an improper meeting of the dental arches when the jaws close. This condition not only affects aesthetics but can also have profound long-term effects on oral and general health.

Understanding Malocclusion

Malocclusion can manifest in several ways, including overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite. Each type refers to different misalignments of the teeth or jaws.

For example, an overbite involves the upper teeth excessively overlapping the lower teeth, while an underbite is the opposite. Crossbites and open bites refer to lateral misalignments and

vertical gaps between the upper and lower teeth, respectively.

Long-Term Effects of Untreated Malocclusion

  1. Increased Tooth Wear and Damage: When teeth do not align properly, it can lead to uneven wear. This excessive wear can weaken teeth, making them more susceptible to chips, cracks, and decay over time.

  1. Gum Disease and Tooth Loss: Malocclusion often leads to difficulties in maintaining proper oral hygiene because misaligned teeth are harder to clean. This can result in increased plaque buildup, leading to gum disease and, eventually, tooth loss if untreated.

  1. Chronic Jaw Pain and TMJ Disorders: Incorrect alignment of the teeth can place extra stress on the jaw joints (temporomandibular joints, or TMJ). Over time, this can lead to chronic pain, discomfort, and other TMJ disorders.

  1. Speech Difficulties: Severe malocclusions can affect the way a person speaks, potentially leading to speech impediments that can impact communication and self-esteem.

  1. Digestive Issues: Poorly aligned teeth can also interfere with proper chewing, leading to digestion problems. Efficient chewing is crucial for adequate breakdown of food and nutrient absorption.

Why Early Treatment is Crucial

Addressing malocclusion early can prevent the development of more severe complications. At Aidencare Dental Clinic, our team of bite specialists, including prosthodontists and orthodontists, are equipped with the expertise to diagnose and treat various forms of malocclusion. Early intervention not only mitigates the risk of the aforementioned issues but also contributes to better overall health and quality of life.

Our Approach at Aidencare

We utilise advanced diagnostic tools to accurately assess malocclusion and tailor treatment plans that can include braces, clear aligners, or other orthodontic appliances. Our prosthodontists specialise in reconstructive procedures that restore both function and aesthetics to the teeth and jaws. By integrating orthodontic and prosthodontic expertise, we ensure comprehensive care that addresses both immediate alignment issues and long-term oral health.

Ignoring malocclusion can lead to a cascade of dental and health challenges. Early diagnosis and treatment at a specialised clinic like Aidencare not only enhance your smile but also play a critical role in preserving your oral health and overall well-being. If you suspect that you or a family member may be suffering from malocclusion, consider scheduling a consultation with our bite specialists. Early intervention is key to avoiding the extensive complications associated with untreated malocclusion.


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