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Chances are that if you have had braces, an orthodontist took care of your teeth during that time. Orthodontists specialize in:

  • preventing
  • diagnosing
  • treating dental and facial irregularities.

Essentially, an orthodontist's job is to correct a bad bite, known as a malocclusion.


Why Seeing an Orthodontist is Important

Crooked teeth may lead to gum disease and early tooth loss. Beautiful smiles and straight teeth can make the teeth much easier to care for. Abnormal tooth enamel wear may be the result of a poor bite.  This can make future replacements or repairs diffic (More)

Understanding Braces

  • Oral Health/Dental Specialists
  • Orthodontics/Braces
  • Orthodontia (MedlinePlus)

  • Commonly Asked Questions


  • Am I Allergic to my Braces?
  • Can a Bump on the Tongue be from Braces?
  • Can I Wear Braces if my Canine and Premolar Have Crowns?
  • Does My Retainer Fit Properly?
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  • Gums
  • How Do I Fix Tongue Thrusting?
  • How Do I Treat Decay under a Bracket?
  • How Long Is Headgear Typically Worn with Braces?
  • What Is the Best Option for Bonding Repair?
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    Mark G Hans, DDS, MSD
    Case Western Reserve University


    Last Updated: Mar 22, 2016