Signs of Malocclusion

Is your bite off? Do you tend to get frequent headaches or notice that your teeth are starting to wear down and chip away? You could have a malocclusion, or misaligned bite. Crooked teeth aren’t just a cosmetic concern. They impact how your teeth wear over time, not to mention the function of your jaw.

You might have a misaligned bite if you’re exhibiting signs of:

  • Teeth that jet out or don’t fully bite together when your jaws are closed
  • Areas that are hard to keep clean (constant tartar buildup)
  • Jaw pain, popping, or clicking when you open and close
  • Frequent headaches
  • Chipped or flat teeth
  • Lower teeth that jet outward past the upper teeth

Types of Treatment

At Shoreline Dental Care, our dentists have over 30 years of experience helping improve the smiles of our patients. That’s why we offer a variety of treatment options to address your crooked bite:

Short Term Orthodontics / 6 Month Braces — If aesthetics are your primary concern, we can use short term ortho (“fast” braces) to straighten your front teeth without addressing any of the back ones. That way you can quickly have a straighter looking smile without spending a year or more in braces.

Traditional Braces — Comprehensive braces work for children, adults, and teens alike. Most young patients enjoy being able to change out colored bands to let their personality shine through.

Clear Braces — Like traditional braces, this tooth colored variety uses brackets that blend in with your smile. Unless someone is looking very closely, it’s likely that they won’t even realize there’s anything on your teeth.

Invisalign — Removable, almost clear alignment trays are one of the most convenient ways for adults and some teens to straighten their teeth. You can remove them for easy maintenance and there aren’t any wires involved!

Healthy Start — Healthy Start is an early intervention orthodontic solution that straightens your child’s teeth and opens their airway, helping them get healthier sleep. The system is pain-free and safe.

Call our Milford or West Haven locations to book an orthodontic consult at Shoreline Dental Care today!