malocclusion

What is a Malocclusion?

Did you know that if you need orthodontic treatment you have a malocclusion? "Occlusion" is a term that is used to refer to the alignment of your teeth and the prefix "mal" means "bad" or "incorrect". Therefore, malocclusion is the medical term for a misaligned teeth or the "imperfect positioning of the teeth when the jaws are closed" according to Google Dictionary. Orthodontics is often seen as cosmetic and unnecessary, but fixing the alignment of teeth is actually more medically necessary than one might think.

Malocclusion Types

Very few people are gifted with perfect teeth at birth. Malocclusions are most often caused by genetics. However, habits like thumb sucking, mouth breathing, and nail biting have can impact tooth alignment over time. There are four main types of malocclusions which we list below.

Front Teeth Protrusion

This type of misaligned teeth happens when the upper two front teeth jet out too far over the bottom teeth. This could cause abnormal wear on the teeth and possibly lead to TMJ problems with the jaw.

Crossbite

This form of malocclusion is when your upper teeth cross over your bottom teeth when you bite down. A cross bite causes jaw misalignment and irregular wear of the teeth. You could even break a tooth due to the misalignment!

Openbite

An openbite occurs when the top teeth do not sit on the bottom teeth when the jaw is closed. Besides tongue thrusting and speech impediments, open bites hinder proper chewing because the upper and lower front teeth don’t overlap. This type of maloclussion is often caused by thumb sucking and pacifier use.

Overbite

In an overbite, the upper front teeth extend out over the lower ones. While many people have top teeth that extend over their bottom teeth slightly, it is ideal for them to not be too far over. Occasionally, an overbite is so severe that the lower teeth can bite into the roof of the mouth!

Fixing a Malocclusion

In addition to the common malocclusions listed above, there are other orthodontic problems that can develop. It is important to have your jaw and tooth alignment checked by a doctor to ensure that any issues are found and that they will not evolve into more complicated problems. For this reason, the American Association of Orthodontists recommend that kids first see an orthodontic specialist at age seven for an exam but it is never too late!

Luckily for you, Dr. Aimee Skelton and the Skelton Orthodontics team specialize in fixing all types of malocclusions! We offer unique treatment plans tailed specifically for you. After coming in to the office for a complimentary consultation, Dr. Skelton will create your plan and get you started on the path to a healthier (and straighter) smile. Call us or fill out our online appointment request form to get started!

Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 Pandemic

Treatment Questions

I have a scheduled appointment, what should I do?
If we have not already spoken to you to reschedule your appointment, please know we will reach out to you as soon as we are open to serve patients again. We do want to make sure you have no current issues or concerns with your appliance, so if you have any questions, please call our after-hours number.

What about my account? Do I owe you money for this month?
This is a great question and understandable in these times. When we contract with you for your treatment, we estimate the time it will take to COMPLETE your smile and base your total treatment cost on that estimate. Just like car payments, the total cost of treatment is divided up over agreed time frame. In the unfortunate event that this virus service interruption causes your treatment time to be longer than stated, it will not cost you any additional amount for this delay.

How will this affect my treatment to have a large gap in between adjustments?
Our patients are family to us and not seeing you for a few extra weeks will be challenging possible to prevent any delays in your completed smile transformation. Treatment should not be greatly altered by a few extra weeks. If you have any concerns, or even if you want to know if you can stop wearing a certain set of rubber bands or Invisalign trays, we can setup a video chat to discuss and advise accordingly.

What happens if I have a wire poking or something is causing me pain?
No matter what is going on in the world, we never want our patients to be in any discomfort! Please keep this after-hours emergency number in your phone and text us if you have anything that is concerning you. We will make arrangements to care for any urgent needs that cannot be resolved on the phone (or via video chat).

What if I need more supplies or appliances?
If you are in need of rubber bands, please email or text us so that we can mail some to you. If you need wax, it can be purchased at any drugstore (CVS/WALGREENS).

If you are currently wearing Invisalign and reach the end of your set of trays, please email or text us to set up a video chat. Please also reach out if you lose or break an aligner or retainer so that we can advise accordingly.

How long will you be closed?
This is an evolving situation and changing daily. We are following the guidelines as they come out from both the CDC and the State Health Department. Our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of our patients and our team. Please stay tuned for continued updates in the coming weeks via our social media, where we will do our best to keep you posted. We will be in touch to reschedule any missed appointments when we know our office will be reopening.

orthodontic staff appreciation week

Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Week: June 5-9!

June 5-9 is Orthodontic staff appreciation week!

Dr. Aimee Skelton loves her Skelton Orthodontics team! She is celebrating them this week during Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Week. Dr. Skelton recognizes her team by presenting them with cool prizes and taking them on a special trip during the week!

You can get to know our staff better by visiting their information page on our website. You'll get to learn all about their families, hobbies, and why they love working here at Skelton Orthodontics!

Get to know our staff even better by reading their interview blogs and bios on our website! Also, check out our Facebook page to see our team members interacting with our awesome patients!

 

dental health month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!

Keep Your #SkeltonBraces Healthy!

Here at Skelton Orthodontics, we want all our patients to practice good dental hygiene year-round! Keeping your mouth healthy helps keep your whole body healthy! The month of February is recognized by the American Dental Association as National Children's Dental Health Month.

Dental health is especially important during orthodontic treatment! The ADA encourages brushing, flossing, and eating healthy daily to maintain a healthy mouth.  Also, drinking more water instead of beverages with added sugar will help to ensure good dental hygiene.

Spread the message about National Children's Dental Health Month! In doing so, you will help Dr. Skelton create the best smiles for smiles and miles!

Want more tips for oral health? Follow our Facebook page!

dory

Thanks for Helping Us Find Dory!

Dr. Aimee Skelton and the team would like to thank everyone who attended our Patient Appreciation event last month. We hope you had as much fun "Finding Dory" as we did!

There was a sea of patients, friends, and family enjoying popcorn, soda, and the movie at Fort Payne Cinemas. Swim on over to our Facebook page to check out all of the pictures from the event. Remember to "just keep smiling" and we can't wait to see you at the next event!

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