Healthy Bite Adjustments in East Los Angeles, CA
Align Your Teeth & Perfect Your Smile
Occlusion refers to the way your teeth align. Normally, your teeth should be straight and properly aligned, with the upper jaw just slightly overlapping the lower jaw. Malocclusion, on the other hand, is the condition where the teeth don’t come together properly, leading to issues with your bite. There are different types of malocclusion, depending on the way your teeth are misaligned. Malocclusion can lead to oral health complications, cause teeth and jaw pain, shifting teeth, and facial structure changes. At Purple Vine Dental, our dentists have the experience to perform healthy bite adjustments in East Los Angeles, CA, so your teeth align properly.
Types of Malocclusion
Overbite – The upper jaw significantly overlaps the lower jaw, leaving a large gap in between the teeth
Underbite – The lower jaw overlaps the upper jaw and protrudes outward, leading to a change in the shape of the face
Crossbite – One or more teeth on one side of the jaw do not correspond to the tooth on the other side
What Causes Malocclusion?
There are some risk factors for malocclusion, but most cases are caused by genetic factors, abnormal tooth growth, as the result of an injury, or if you’ve had dental treatments such as a crown, bridge, filling, or tooth extraction. When your jaws aren’t aligned correctly, it means your neck and jaw never relax completely. A continually tense jaw and neck can lead to severe headaches, tooth pain, and neck pain. Some patients may develop bruxism, or teeth grinding during their sleep, and eventually, temporomandibular joint issues (TMJ).
Signs of Malocclusion
Some signs of malocclusion include:
- Uneven closing of the jaw on both sides
- Popping or clicking noises when opening or closing your mouth
- Worn tooth enamel
- Fractured teeth
Our expert will perform a bite test to determine your malocclusion. She will then smooth the necessary areas by removing some of the tooth or restoration to eliminate the interference. This process will be performed in all areas until your teeth meet together in a properly aligned position.
Schedule an Appointment to Learn More About Bite Adjustments in East Los Angeles, CA
To experience our 5-star-rated dental care, schedule your Purple Vine Smile Assessment today. Your appointment includes the following:
- Meet Our World-Class Doctors
- Discuss Your Goals & Dental Medical History
- Thorough Exam With X-Rays As Needed
- Review Your Options
- Optional Cleaning
Schedule your appointment today by calling our office at 323-269-8007 or by clicking here to use our convenient online appointment request form. You may also click here to schedule a virtual consultation from the comfort of your home. We look forward to meeting you!
As one of the premier dental practices in East Los Angeles, CA, our doctors and team at Purple Vine Dental also provide 5-star dental care to patients from Boyle Heights & Commerce, CA & the surrounding areas.