What Are Jaw Deformities?
Jaw deformities happen when the bones in the jaw or face do not grow properly. Most people have mild deformities. However, other deformities can be severe and have an impact on the quality of your life. Jaw deformities can affect your speech, ability to eat, and appearance. Dealing with a jaw deformity can be difficult and stressful.
Common jaw deformities include:
- Over & Underbite
- Asymmetric Jaws
- Open Bite
The Importance of Proper Development.
Did you know that 60% of your facial growth happens by the time your 8? And you experience 90% of your facial growth by the time you’re 12.
Your childhood years are an important time for the formation of your jaw. In fact, many jaw deformities are rooted in childhood habits, such as mouth breathing and thumb sucking.
Incorrect tongue position can also have an impact on how your jaw forms. When your mouth is closed, your tongue should be resting on the top of your mouth. If it’s not, then your upper jaw may not form correctly. This can affect the shape of your face.
What Are the Signs & Symptoms?
Depending on your specific problem you may experience a variety of symptoms, including:
Problems eating and chewing
A gummy smile
You may also be able to see how the shape of your jaw is affecting the shape of your face. When you close your mouth you should be able to see whether you have an overbite or underbite.
What Are My Treatment Options?
Surgical and non-surgical treatments are available.
Non-surgical options usually involve orthodontic work. Your specialist may recommend braces, expanders, or retainters. These more conservative treatments are a good option if you have a mild deformity.
More severe deformities require surgery. Surgery involves moving all or parts of the upper or lower jaw so they line up with the other jaw. Most of this surgery is performed inside the mouth. After the jaw is moved, your specialist may use rubber bands or wires to help fasten the jaws together while they heal.
Jaw Deformities Can Be Fixed.
Living with an overbite or underbite can be difficult. Jaw deformities can affect your appearance and quality of life. They can make it hard to eat and speak.
But, you don’t have to live like that. Your jaw deformities can be fixed. At PRECiDENT, we are jaw experts. We know exactly what to look for when diagnosing your jaw deformities. And we know exactly what to do to fix them.