If a patient has malocclusion, they have crooked teeth or a poor bite. A person’s bite is the way the upper teeth and the lower teeth align. The upper teeth should sit slightly in front of the lower teeth. Crooked teeth can be difficult to care for and in severe cases, malocclusion can make it difficult to eat or speak. If you have malocclusion, Dr. Brian J. Waggle may recommend orthodontics in Zanesville, Ohio. Orthodontics includes several dental treatments whose purpose is to move the teeth and the jaw into their proper positions.

Our dentist usually checks for crooked teeth and a poor bite during regular dental visits. If your teeth or jaw are not properly aligned, our dentist may recommend orthodontic treatment. If you and our dentist decide on orthodontic treatment, they will ask you questions about your past oral health and examine your mouth and teeth. X-rays and photos will be taken your face and teeth. A plaster model will also be taken of your teeth. All of these things will help our dentist to plan orthodontic treatment.

We invite you to contact Northpointe Dental today to learn if orthodontics is right for you and to schedule your next appointment with our dentist.