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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Chances are that if you have had braces, an orthodontist took care of your teeth during that time. Orthodontists specialize in:
Essentially, an orthodontist's job is to correct a bad bite, known as a malocclusion.
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 difficult. Some investigators feel that malocclusions that are not treated can contribute to headaches and painful jaw joints.
Another important factor is that well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and floss, which helps your gums stay healthy. As we get older, good gum health plays a positive role in overall health.
While children are the main recipients of orthodontic care, about 15 to 20 percent of orthodontic patients are adults. Healthy teeth can be moved at almost any age, though it is easier to detect and prevent potential problems early on. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have an orthodontic screening no later than age 7.
So see the orthodontist early and find the correct diagnosis and treatment you may need.
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Last Reviewed: Jul 28, 2014
Walter C Buchsieb, DDS, MS
Professor Emeritus - Clinical, Associate of Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University