Misaligned teeth, also called malocclusion, can cause problems like headaches, chipped teeth and shoulder pain. It’s important to see an orthodontist to get your teeth aligned if you’re having problems. Dr. Omido at Omido Exquisite Cosmetic & General Dentistry specializes in orthodontics, and can realign your teeth and provide regular oral care all at one office.
The term malocclusion is used for teeth that are crooked, have gaps or are too crowded. All of these things can cause serious problems, including pain in the jaw joints, headaches, shoulder and neck pain, and chipped or worn teeth. Crooked teeth are also more difficult to clean than aligned teeth, and bacterial build up can cause tooth decay and even periodontal disease. Getting your teeth correctly aligned can save you from health issues in the future.
When you come in for your initial malocclusion consultation, Dr. Omido will do a thorough exam, including taking photos, x-rays and impressions. Dr. Omiod will use these to come up with an exact treatment plan, which can include braces and/or retainers. He’ll go over each piece of your treatment plan with you, so you know exactly what it will take to correctly align your teeth.
Many normal habits of young children can cause misaligned teeth. Things like sucking their thumb, sucking on a pacifier, tongue thrusting and grinding their teeth can distort the growth of a child’s jaw. Most children stop doing these things on their own by the time their permanent teeth start coming in. If your child is over the age of four and still doing any of these things, it might be time to see Dr. Omido. Devices like thumb guards and mouth guards can help alleviate these behaviors. By fixing the problems early, you can save your child from future oral health problems.
If you’re interested in a consultation for misaligned teeth, call Dr. Omido’s office at (316)683-0440. You can find more information about Dr. Omido and the services he offers at http://omidodds.com/index.html.
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