Sometimes malocclusions develop only on one side due to an asymmetry of the teeth or jaws. This may result when some teeth on one side are lost or if they never grew in. Although rare, the problem can result from uneven growth of the facial bones. Curiously, it may also occur as a result of children’s habits of propping their heads against the hands on one side for prolonged periods of time. Asymmetry is often accompanied by a lateral crossbite, in which some of the teeth of the lower jaw close outside (or across) the upper teeth. This malocclusion occurs as the lower jaw shifts from side-to side to accommodate the mismatch of the upper jaw.
The need for acceptance is something we never outgrow. A person who feels unattractive because of crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw can become self-conscious and preoccupied with his or her appearance. Through orthodontic treatment, an improved appearance can greatly enhance one’s self esteem and can improve the quality of life itself.
These issues can be corrected with Invisalign or braces, in most cases, without the need for jaw surgery. If you would like to schedule a consultation, please call or text us at 804-746-0918.