Jaw deformities are a common condition, ranging from mild abnormalities to more severe defects that can be surgically corrected. In some instances, the upper or lower jaw — or both — may grow too little or too much, resulting in malocclusion, the improper alignment of the teeth in relation to the first molars.
Besides growth differences between your upper and lower jaws, jaw deformities may be caused by genetic factors, trauma and certain birth defects, such as cleft lip and cleft palate.
Our Approach to Jaw Deformity
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