Those kinds of jaw misalignments are called malocclusions and generally call for braces.
Malocclusions can also cause snoring and other breathing problems.
Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that diagnoses, prevents, and treats dental and facial irregularities called malocclusions.
Most malocclusions are caused by hereditary factors that affect the contours of the face and the size of the teeth and jaw.
Untreated malocclusions often worsen with time.
Orthodontic treatment is usually very successful at correcting malocclusions.
Skeletal malocclusions occur when the upper and lower jaws are not properly aligned with each other and with the skull.
Dental malocclusions occur when the teeth are crowded or the upper and lower teeth are not properly aligned with each other.
Malocclusions are most often inherited, but may be acquired.
Malocclusions may cause no symptoms, or they may produce pain from the increased stress on oral structures.
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