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Orthodontic care is a common sight, but what is it good for? Let’s look at the benefits of getting a straighter smile through orthodontic treatment.

Orthodontic treatment is used to treat bad bites, or malocclusion. Malocclusion occurs when the teeth are too crowded or crooked, or the top and bottom jaws don’t line up properly. Some people inherit these problems, others experience oral injury, mistimed tooth loss, or adverse effects of thumb-sucking.

Orthodontic care can repair the damage done by malocclusion, as well as help stave off further damage in the future. If you choose not to correct malocclusion, you will probably continue to experience problems, such as:

-tooth loss

-affected speaking

-difficulty chewing

-uneven wear on tooth enamel

-gum disease

-jaw problems

Luckily, you don’t have to experience these problems. Orthodontic care can begin at any age, though orthodontists usually wait until a person is at least 8 years old. Adult orthodontic care is becoming more popular, as treatment options become more discreet and orthodontia becomes more socially acceptable for people over 18.

Depending on how severe the malocclusion is and the treatment options available, treatment will likely take 1-3 years. This will be followed by a period of time wearing a retainer, to ensure that your teeth remain in place.