Orthodontics is done to treat any type of malocclusion, which is simply another way of saying “bad bite” and to correct the alignment of crooked teeth giving you a straightened, broad smile. A malocclusion means your lips, teeth and/or jaws do not line up correctly. Orthodontists or specially trained dentists use braces and/or other corrective procedures, such as Invisalign® to achieve tooth jaw alignment and aesthetically pleasing smiles.
What causes orthodontic problems?
Crowding, spacing, protrusion, extra or missing teeth and some jaw problems can be genetically inherited. Other malocclusions can develop over time and are caused from such reasons as thumb-sucking, poor dental hygiene, early or late loss of baby teeth and early loss of permanent teeth. It is important to treat these problems as they can sometimes cause hard to clean areas, tooth decay, difficulty chewing and/or speaking, possible jaw joint issues, periodontal challenges and many other issues.