In this article, find out more about class 1 malocclusions, their symptoms and how to treat them.
Definition of a class 1 malocclusion
Class 1 dental malocclusion is the most common type of malocclusion. Approximately 50% to 55% of children between the ages of 6 and 17 have some form of Class 1 malocclusion.
Dental malocclusions are classified based on the positioning of the upper and lower molars. A class 1 malocclusion means that the molar position, or bite, is normal, but there are other teeth that are misaligned in some way. These anomalies can include:
- Overlapping or overcrowded teeth
- Rotated teeth
- Gaps between the teeth
- Open bite
Types of class 1 malocclusion
Class 1 malocclusions can be further categorized according to the Dewey-Anderson classification. This classification method provides more specifications on the various problems associated with class 1 malocclusions.
- Class I Type 1: overlapping anterior teeth and upper or lower incisor and canine crowding
- Class I Type 2: vertical problem, protruding maxillary incisors with spaces between the teeth
- Class I Type 3: anterior cross-bite
- Class I Type 4: posterior cross-bite
- Class I Type 5: A lack of space for teeth posterior to the canines, premolars or 2nd and 3rd molars
How to treat class 1 malocclusions
To avoid the potential consequences of a class 1 malocclusion, it is important to seek treatment promptly and have the problem corrected.
Most class 1 malocclusions can be corrected with traditional orthodontic treatments such as metal or clear ceramic braces. Sometimes, a premolar tooth extraction may be required.
Clinique MFML can treat your malocclusion
If you think you may have a dental malocclusion, we strongly recommend discussing the problem with your dentist or orthodontist. They may refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, who will work with them to provide a solution that is tailored to your needs.
Don’t hesitate to contact Clinique MFML to make an appointment or talk to one of our specialists.