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Malocclusion is a term used to describe the misalignment of teeth. It is oftentimes more than just a cosmetic issue, as it can also negatively affect one’s ability to speak clearly, chew efficiently, and keep their teeth clean. Examples of a malocclusion are dental crowding, dental spacing, an underbite, an open bite, and a crossbite. A common cause of a malocclusion is genetics; however, other environmental reasons may also contribute such as thumb-sucking, forward tongue posture, extended use of a pacifier, and jaw injury. Orthodontic treatment addresses all types of malocclusions using braces or Invisalign aligners, which may also be combined with other orthodontic appliances. It is important to remember that orthodontic treatment provides more than an aesthetic benefit, as it can also improve speech, chewing, and reduce one’s risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease.  

In some cases, orthodontic treatment is best initiated at a younger age to minimize the complexity of future treatment and help achieve a better long-term result. The Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends that the first orthodontic examination should be completed at age 7.

Please feel free to contact Tasios Orthodontics to assess your child’s or your needs for orthodontic correction.