A minor overbite or a few slightly crooked teeth are the types of dental imperfections that can make a smile individual and unique. In fact, with cosmetic dentistry now making it possible for anyone obtain white, straight teeth, a little gap here and there can be a beautiful sign of individuality. However, when the teeth are significantly misaligned, the resulting bite problems may require orthodontics to shift the teeth back into proper alignment.
Get Straighter Teeth in Portage
On the surface, crooked teeth may appear to be a strictly cosmetic problem. But teeth that are severely out of alignment can lead to a series of dental problems, and even cause distortions to facial features in extreme cases. Dr. Thomas Kwong, an orthodontist in Portage, MI recommends scheduling an appointment with an orthodontist for an adult or child experiencing any of the following symptoms of malocclusion (bite problems):
- Frequently biting the lining of the cheeks
- Crowding (not enough room in the mouth for the teeth; new teeth that do no fully erupt)
- Teeth that cut or poke the roof of the mouth or cheek lining
- Difficulty chewing or speaking clearly
Orthodontic correction is most common in childhood, when malocclusion issues first become apparent and are easier to correct. However, it is never too late to visit an orthodontist, and adults can also benefit from tooth alignment with braces or aligner trays. Schedule an appointment with an orthodontist if you or your child are suffering from any of the following bite problems:
- Abnormal eruption
- Excessive spacing
- Open bite
- Overbite/deep bite
- Crossbite - front and back of teeth
Contact an Orthodontist in Portage
Not sure if braces are right for you or your child? For more information, contact Kwong Orthodontics by calling (269) 327 4459 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kwong today.