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Not everyone is born with a beautiful, healthy smile. Most orthodontic problems such as crowding, spacing, protrusion, extra or missing teeth, and some jaw growth problems are inherited and cannot be prevented.

Who needs braces?

Not everyone is born with a beautiful, healthy smile. Most orthodontic problems such as crowding, spacing, protrusion, extra or missing teeth, and some jaw growth problems are inherited and cannot be prevented. Others are acquired by habits such as thumb or finger-sucking, dental or medical disease, accidents, or the early or late loss of baby (primary) teeth.

According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), untreated malocclusions (improper bites) may result in a variety of problems. Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, contributing to tooth decay as well as gum disease. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping from trauma. A bad bite can result in unfavorable growth patterns and abnormal wear of tooth surfaces as well as cause difficulty in chewing and speaking, excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue, and an increased risk of injury to the jaw joints.

The good news is that orthodontic treatment can correct these problems, providing you with a beautiful, healthy smile for life!