Why Do I Need Orthodontic Treatment?

Malocclusion is the professional term we use to describe a “bad bite”. Malocclusion can be caused by either teeth or jaw misalignment, or both.

According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems:

  • Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease
  • Protruding teeth are more susceptible to traumas and accidents
  • Cross bites can result in asymmetrical jaw growth and uneven tooth wear
  • Open bites can result in tongue thrusting habits and speech impediments

Ultimately malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth, and how you feel about your smile.

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