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Causes of Orthodontic Problems

Often, orthodontic problems can be caused when the jaws and teeth don’t meet right. This condition is referred to as malocclusion, which is derived from the words ‘mal’, meaning badly, and ‘occlude’, meaning too close.

Skeletal Malocclusion
Skeletal malocclusion is when the jaw is too big or too small for the teeth, or when one jaw doesn’t line up with the other

Dental Malocclusion
Dental malocclusion is when the teeth are too spread out, crowded, or out of line

Problems may be hereditary
Did you know that your malocclusion could actually have come from your parents? You may have inherited small jaws from one parent, and large teeth from the other causing your jaws and teeth to be misaligned. Malocclusion can also be a result of poor oral hygiene, or bad habits, such as sucking your thumb or biting your fingernails.