A malocclusion occurs when the upper teeth are sitting inside of the lower teeth. This can cause tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth. When patients have malocclusions, they must move their lower jaw forward or to the side in order to close their mouth.
Orthodontic treatment is important when a person’s teeth or jaws do not align properly. If this issue is left untreated, malocclusions and speech difficulty can occur, along with premature wear of the teeth. You can even damage your protective enamel, and there is an increased chance of injury to the teeth or jaw. This is why orthodontic care can be very beneficial.