In the field of dentistry, a malocclusion occurs when a patient’s teeth don’t align properly when the jaw is closed. Also referred to as a ‘bad bite,’ a patient’s symptoms may go unnoticed and cause little to no discomfort. On the other hand, a bad bite can cause significant pain in the form of migraine headaches, sensitive teeth, and jaw and neck pain. Many of these symptoms are the result of temporomandibular jaw dysfunction, known as TMJ, which can occur when a poor bite is left untreated.

There are several options to correct a malocclusion that may include: the wearing of a night guard, braces, injections or jaw surgery. Each treatment is assessed according to the patients’ unique bite problem. A favorite treatment for malocclusion in Dr. Soheir Azer’s dental practice is the use of Invisalign. Typically known for cosmetic teeth straightening, it also has been utilized for its significant impact in changing bite and jaw functionality.

“I have treated patients who have come to me with the painful side effects of their misaligned bite,” says Dr. Azer. “After treating them with Invisalign, patients experience decreased pain along with the added benefits of a straightened smile, lifted spirits and new-found confidence.”

Dr. Azer, who specializes in both cosmetic and family dentistry, has extensive training in correcting bite issues and has been awarded the Invisalign Premier Provider designation on three occasions. With dental offices in Newport Beach and Downey, California, her priority when first meeting with a patient is to educate them on their bite dysfunction while explaining how the treatment process will correct these issues.

“My primary goal is to educate my patients during their evaluation,” says Dr. Azer. “I want my patient to fully understand what is causing their pain and how the treatment process will work to correct their bite, eventually eliminating that pain.”

“My primary goal is to educate my patients during their evaluation,” says Dr. Azer. “I want my patient to fully understand what is causing their pain and how the treatment process will work to correct their bite, eventually eliminating that pain.”





The patient-doctor relationship is of utmost importance to Dr. Azer.

“When the patient has trust in me as a provider, they are open to my treatment suggestions,” she says.

In addition to providing care at her regular dental practices, Dr. Azer treats patients through her volunteering efforts. One of these, ACME, which stands for Arabic Christian Medical Education, is an organization that provides treatment for patients in developing countries who cannot afford or have no access to medical care. Dr. Azer has treated patients in Egypt for extractions, screenings and cleanings.

“Thinking back, I realized that I had been given many blessings and opportunities that I didn’t deserve,” says Dr. Azer. “I always looked around and felt that it was not fair to those who did not have those same doors opened to them. Because of that, it was my responsibility to help others. I wanted to give back in a way that most people could not. It is always a rich and rewarding experience.” 

So, for those experiencing headaches, pain, popping of the jaw and other abnormalities, Dr. Azer suggests an in-office consultation to determine if a malocclusion might be the cause. She also suggests educating oneself about the importance of correcting misaligned teeth and a bad bite and recommends, in particular, watching the Invisalign video Straight Talk which can be found online on YouTube.

Contact Dr. Azer VIP Dentistry: Soheir Azer DDS at DentistNewportBeachCA.com or call 949.548-9000/355 Placentia Avenue, Ste. #105, Newport Beach, CA 92663