What is malposition?
Malposition (an improper positioning of teeth on the jaws) is a very common orthodontic anomaly.
Which are the causes of dental malposition?
Dental deviation, excessive space or, on the contrary, too little space and even the lack of space between teeth are orthodontic problems sometimes associated with missing the right time to change baby teeth with permanent teeth. Normally, this transition occurs between the ages of 6 and 14. If this takes place too early or too late, it can lead to changes in the eruption of teeth that may lead to different anomalies: included teeth (teeth that remain inside the bone or erupt only partially), and malpositioned teeth (misaligned teeth) that eventually lead to trauma.
Impacted teeth define a condition that usually happens due to insufficient space on the arch – the arch is too small, either because of genetic causes or of growing old, etc.
On the contrary, too much space between teeth is due to excessive space on the arch as a result of not completing restorative treatments in order to replace missing teeth, the large dimention of the maxilla / mandible, etc.
The most frequent diagnoses of malposition
The most common cases of dental malposition refer to crowded teeth, but there are other problems that can occur too, such as teeth twisted around their axes or positioned in front or in the back of the others, excessive space on the arch, etc. Often, these problems show up one after another.
Dental malposition usually has an unpleasant aspect and compromises the accuracy of brushing one’s teeth; therefore you should attempt to correct it.