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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

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    Last Updated: Mar 22, 2016