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When you bite, does it feel like your teeth don’t fit together correctly? Does it sometimes seem like you are the only one with this issue in a world of straight smiles? This may not the case, as approximately one in five people could have some form of malocclusion in their mouth.

A malocclusion is the term used whenever the teeth in the mouth do not match up for a proper bite, which makes for an ineffective bite and the strength behind it may not be evenly dispersed. If the strength of your bite isn’t equally distributed, you could end up with a broken tooth. Malocclusions can include an overbite, under bite or a cross bite, all of which could require you to see an orthodontist for treatment.

Three classes of malocclusions are:
-Class I: there can be space in between the teeth in this category, they could also be crowded or rotated. The upper and lower jaws do not meet properly.
-Class II: the most frequently seen category of malocclusion. The lower jaw is set too far back resulting in an overbite.
-Class III: the lower jaw sticks out farther than the upper jaw and causes an under bite. If an under bite isn’t treated, this malocclusion could cause damage to the teeth teeth, difficulty chewing or speaking and could progress into problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

If you would like more information about malocclusions, or would like to set up a consultation with our doctors, please contact Dana Dental Arts at 605.642.7727. We enjoy helping the people in the Spearfish, South Dakota, area improve their smile and oral health.