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Global Facts and Statistics on Malocclusion

Posted on 10/22/2021 by Star Orthodontics
Global Facts and Statistics on MalocclusionFor some people, due to genetic reasons, environmental factors, and traumatic experiences (like accidents, attacks, etc.), the teeth do not develop or remain in their regular arched position on the jawline. The teeth move out of alignment and appear to be crooked or overlapping. This misalignment or overlapping of teeth is known as malocclusion. In medical terms, malocclusion is defined as the deviation of teeth from their original position.

Types of Malocclusion (Crooked Teeth)

•  Overcrowding
•  Overbite
•  Overjet
•  Underbite
•  Crossbite
•  Open bite
•  Scissor bite
•  Diastema
•  Missing Tooth (hypodontia)
•  Impacted Tooth
•  Talon Cusps

Global Facts and Statistics of Malocclusion

•  Malocclusion affects nearly 56% of the population worldwide. The highest number of cases of malocclusions occur in Africa, where the prevalence of malocclusion is 81%.

•  Europe has the second-highest number of cases of malocclusion. The prevalence of malocclusion in Europe is around 72%.

•  America has the third-highest number of cases of malocclusions and the prevalence of malocclusion in America stands at 53%.

•  The region that has the fourth-highest number of cases of malocclusion is Asia. Around 48% of the population in Asia is affected by malocclusion.

•  Both genders, male and female, can be affected by malocclusion.

•  Malocclusion can occur in both primary teeth and permanent teeth, thereby affecting both children and adults.
•  The most common cause of malocclusion is the structure of the jawbone. Either the jawbone is too wide, leaving spaces in between teeth, or too narrow, causing an overcrowding of teeth.

•  If the upper jaw bone is bigger than the lower jawbone, then a person will have overbite. But if the lower jawbone is bigger than the upper jawbone, the person will have underbite.

•  Malocclusion is divided into 3 classes. Class 1 malocclusion is the most common type of malocclusion, such as the slight overlapping of upper teeth onto lower teeth. Class 2 malocclusion includes overbite, and Class 3 malocclusion includes underbite.

•  Malocclusions are commonly treated through braces, retainers or splints, tooth extraction, and surgery.

If your teeth are crooked or unaligned, visit us at Star Orthodontics. We will help you find the best treatment for malocclusion.

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