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Malocclusion: Why it happens and what you can do about it

Most people wish they were born with perfectly straight teeth. Sadly, only a few are. The majority of people have some form of overcrowding or misalignment, and most of them have visited their nearest orthodontist to improve the look of their smile. Malocclusion is a common theme that is present in both children and adults today. If you’re living in Japan, the story is slightly different, where “snaggletooth” or “yaeba” is actually found as cute and also attractive. 

What causes malocclusion?

Kids

Misaligned positions can be found in both baby teeth and permanent teeth. They are also at risk of becoming misaligned later on. Due to being smaller sized, baby teeth are not able to fill the amount of gum space available to them. 

Commonly found habits in kids such as sucking on a pacifier or their thumbs if prolonged can become one of the causes of baby teeth to be misaligned. Another cause could be heredity and genetics. 

Adults

Misaligned Jaw

In proper alignment, upper teeth are supposed to fit slightly over lower teeth, where the tips of the upper molars fit into the grooves of lower molars. Common misalignments include overbite and underbite. If you have an overbite, your front teeth hang out ahead of your lower front teeth.

Poor dental care

According to the The National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS 2019), dental visits in Malaysia involving 17,000 people showed that only 25% visited the dentist over the last 12 months. 

“Many Malaysians are still not making regular visits to a dentist, even though there are more dental services that are being offered in the country. Many Malaysians are not going to look for check-ups for oral healthcare and treatments” said Assoc Prof Dr Firdaus Hariri of Universiti Malaya’s dentistry faculty. 

“The number of dentists and dental practices in Malaysia are increasing consistently as well as better annual dentist-to-population ratios, still many Malaysians are found to visit the dentist very rarely.”

Crooked teeth may come off as not a serious dental deformity, but it’s certainly enough to get you picked on at school in some countries, and make you feel more self-conscious of your smile. If your teeth are crooked, you shouldn’t feel like you have to straighten them, depending on the severity. As seen in different parts of the world there are different perspectives on crooked teeth. 

However, if you’re unhappy with the way your teeth look, or if they’re causing health or speech issues here are some solutions to have them realigned. 

Why is it bad and what are the related issues?
  • Oral Hygiene – Misaligned teeth will create difficulty to thoroughly clean the food particles that are stuck between the teeth and potentially lead to decay and gum diseases. 
  • Lower Self-esteem – A crooked smile may lower self confidence and affect self-esteem making it socially awkward to wholeheartedly enjoy taking pictures and enjoying social activities. 
  • Speech ability – Crooked teeth can put extra pressure on your teeth, gums and jaw muscles that could lead to excessive and unnecessary stress resulting in jaw strain, headaches, cracked teeth and others. 

So what can I do about it?

Teeth straightening is the recommended solution, where it is able to correct dental issues and take a step towards healthier gums and teeth by straightening and realigning crooked teeth. 

The decision to straighten crooked teeth is a personal one, for different reasons such as: lack of cheaper and high-quality invisible braces or a place that’s trustworthy and great customer care. 

If you’ve decided that straightening teeth is for you, there are multiple types of braces that can help you achieve your goals. 

Metal braces 

Traditional braces are better suited to treat extreme overcrowding than other options available and for some, come with a high price tag with monthly visits to the clinic. The main disadvantage of traditional braces is metal mouth appearance. To be able to  secretly realign your teeth and still look visually appealing is something that will not be achieved with this option. 

Aside from that, you will also be limited to being able to eat food that could damage your braces such as chewy, very hard or crunchy food. And don’t forget about dentist appointments every month where at times it will be inconvenient. 

Invisible braces with become

At become, we understand that most adults actually want to fix their teeth, but prefer not to have a mouth full of metal at their age. Invisible braces are the perfect alternatives for people like them, so they don’t have to be self-conscious and refrain from showing their teeth when smiling. 

Teledentistry and the latest technologies have made it possible for become and our partner dentists to deliver the same quality of care you would receive in clinics without the extra costs and hassle of in-person clinic visits.

become invisible braces are 65% more affordable than the price of other invisible braces brands in Singapore, and even cheaper than traditional metal braces!

With become, you’ll be in good hands. We aspire to provide excellent customer service where your comfort and well-being are of utmost priority.

If you are interested and ready to take the next step, don’t hesitate to book your free 3D scan at our becomeStudio and be on your way to your new smile!