Types of Malocclusions

Malocclusion is the clinical term for misaligned teeth that have made it hard to perform daily oral functions like chewing and speaking. When your teeth are out of their proper place, every use becomes compromised. At Central Illinois Orthodontic Associates, we specialize in restoring all malocclusions specified by the AAO (American Association of Orthodontists) for adults and children in Central Illinois.  While malocclusions and treatment options are specific to every case, a few of the most common types of malocclusion include

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What Causes Malocclusions or Misaligned Teeth?

  • The way our teeth and jaws align is dependent on environmental influences as well as genetics. For example, if you were bottle-fed or sucked your thumb for years as a child, these repetitive jaw movements can be a cause of misaligned teeth that remain in your adult years. These are some of the more common reasons why you may be experiencing malocclusions:

Orthodontic Frequently Asked Questions

We know that whether you’re a new patient or a returning one, you probably still have questions about your oral care. At Central Illinois Orthodontic Associates in Peoria, IL, we’re here to answer all your orthodontic frequently asked questions. Read below to find the answers you seek, but if you still have questions, feel free to call our office and we’ll always make time to assist you.

How Do I Know If I Need Braces?

That question can only be answered by visiting an orthodontist for an exam and consultation. Orthodontic treatment is designed to develop teeth that are comfortable and functional throughout your life. We have the experience and treatment options to make sure you get your best smile no matter what.

What Options Do You Have for Braces?

We offer metal, ceramic, and clarity braces, as well as clear aligners. Today’s standard metal braces are much nicer than those of the past. Review your options with your orthodontist to determine what type of treatment will be best for you.

What is the Ideal Age for Orthodontic Treatment?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children be evaluated by an orthodontist at 7 years old in order to screen for developmental problems However, healthy teeth can be moved at any age; we regularly treat adult patients. Your orthodontist may work with your primary care dentist to help you achieve ideal dental health

I lost My Retainer, What Should I Do?

Call your orthodontist immediately to arrange for a replacement retainer. Without your retainer, your teeth could move and impede the progress you’ve made.

For more information read this blog, Taking Care of Your Retainer, or watch this video.

Is Your Orthodontist Board Certified?

Yes, our orthodontist Dr. Long is board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. He earned his Bachelor’s and Doctorate degrees from Southern Illinois University, and his Masters Degree and Certificate of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is also an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists, ADA, ISDS, and PDDS.

What Kind of Oral Hygiene Routine Do I Need After a Treatment?

Any special instructions will be given to you, based on the kind of orthodontic treatment you have received. General guidelines include:

  • Avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods, especially with braces
  • Don’t chew on hard objects or ice
  • Dental products or tools might be helpful.
  • See your dentist for professional checkups and cleanings every 6 months
What Kind of Ortho Treatments Do You Specialize In?

We offer metal, ceramic, and clarity braces, as well as clear aligners and bracket options depending on the patient’s conditions such as a crossbite, overbite, underbite, missing teeth, spacing, etc.

Do You Offer Financing Options?

Many orthodontists provide financing for as long as 24 months with no interest and offer a variety of payment plans to make orthodontic care affordable. We have a policy on payment plans in place—contact us to find out more.