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If your child has an overbite or underbite issue it can do more than simply leave them with an unattractive smile. As time goes by, the improper connection between the teeth in their bite pattern can start to wear away tooth enamel leading to dental attrition and dental fractures.

Fortunately, a professional orthodontist like Dr. Christopher Liang can correct a malocclusion by installing traditional braces. Once this is done your son or daughter will need to return to Dr. Christopher Liang’s office for periodic adjustment appointments.

These sessions will tighten the braces to gradually bring their teeth toward their ideal alignment. The total number of adjustments needed to correct their malocclusion will vary depending on the severity of the misalignment.

Once their teeth have been brought into their ideal alignment Dr. Christopher Liang can remove the braces. Then he will need to use a retainer to make sure your teeth hold their new position. This might also include having a fixed retainer cemented behind some of your teeth.

These measures will help hold their teeth in place while they accept their new position. If you live in the College Park, Maryland, area and your child has an underbite or overbite, you should call 301-841-9348 to schedule a braces consultation at Straight Smile.