Malocclusion Conversations: From Aligner Therapy to Occlusal Splints

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Course features
  • Author: Lashae Steele and Shannon Pace Brinker
  • Level: Advanced
  • Study time: 2 hours
  • Video time: 2 hours
  • Exams: 1
Course overview
Occlusion refers to the alignment of teeth and the way that the upper and lower teeth fit together (bite). The upper teeth should fit slightly over the lower teeth. The points of the molars should fit the grooves of the opposite molar. The upper teeth keep you from biting your cheeks and lips, and your lower teeth protect your tongue. Malocclusion is most often hereditary. This means it is passed down through families. It may be caused by a difference between the size of the upper and lower jaws or between the jaw and tooth size. It causes tooth overcrowding or abnormal bite patterns. The shape of the jaws or birth defects such as cleft lip and palate may also be reasons for malocclusion.
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Meet Your Teacher
Lashae Steele, CDA

LaShae Steele, began her dental journey with Dr. Myles Preble in 2005 and has loved every minute! She moved to North Carolina and joined the Supremia Team with Dr. Suh in 2008 and has grown leaps and bounds.She received her C.D.A. in 2008 from the DANB and has experience in all aspects of Dental Assisting, Treatment Coordinating, Office Managing, Professional Relations, and Marketing. LaShae began teaching as a dental trainer in 2014 for A.C.A. and has thoroughly enjoyed connecting with other dental professionals. Her true passion is cultivating relationships with others and making a difference in their quality of life