Malocclusions

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Dr. Durbin and his staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by providing orthodontic treatment that will result in a beautiful smile with optimum function and long term stability. In addition to the orthodontic treatment provided by Dr. Durbin, our patients also benefit from seeing their dentist on a regular basis to maintain their oral health and provide other dental services that enhance their smile. Please use our dental library to learn more about other dental problems and treatments available from your dentist. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

Malocclusions are normally classified into three categories based on how sets of teeth such as molars (usually the lower and upper) relate to one another. This includes how your teeth align from back to front.

The classifications are:
  • Class I malocclusions: Dental arches may be creating too much space or become crowded. A class I malocclusion may be accompanied by overlapping teeth, or crossbites and rotations.
  • Class II malocclusions: Upper molars meet slightly forward to the lower molars, forcing the chin to shift backward.
  • Class III malocclusions: Lower molars meet forward to the upper molars, causing the chin to protrude. The lower molars are far forward and do not fit into their corresponding upper molars. A class III malocclusion may be accompanied by a crossbite.
Treatment times

Generally, braces are worn for as long as three years; some people respond quickly to braces, and can have them removed after only a period of a year or less. Everyone is different.

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