We utilize the latest technologies to help enhance the smiles and oral health of our patients.
Dr. Wolkoff provides his patients in Southeast Connecticut and throughout Waterbury with the latest cosmetic dentistry treatments in order to help them attain beautiful smiles.
Our practice takes the time to present all possible treatment plans to our patients.
Malocclusion means the teeth are not aligned properly.
Occlusion refers to the alignment of teeth and the way that the upper and lower teeth fit together (bite). Ideally, all upper teeth fit slightly over the lower teeth. The points of the molars fit the grooves of the opposite molar.
The upper teeth keep the cheeks and lips from being bitten and the lower teeth protect the tongue.
Malocclusion is most often hereditary, which means the condition is passed down through families. There may be a difference between the size of the upper and lower jaws or between jaw and tooth size, resulting in overcrowding of teeth or in abnormal bite patterns.
Variations in size or structure of either jaw may affect its shape, as can birth defects such as cleft lip and palate. Other causes of malocclusion include:
There are different categories of malocclusion.
Most problems with teeth alignment are discovered by a dentist during a routine exam. The dentist may pull your cheek outward and ask you to bite down to check how well your back teeth come together. If there is any problem, the dentist will usually refer you to an orthodontist for diagnosis and treatment.
Dental x-rays, head or skull x-rays or facial x-rays may be required. Plaster or plastic molds of the teeth are often needed.
Alan Wolkoff D.M.D.
93 Wedgewood Drive
Waterbury, Connecticut 06705
Monday: 8:00am to 7:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am to 6:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am to 6:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am to 6:00pm
Friday: 8:00am to 2:00pm
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