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Orthodontic treatment is used to correct “bad bites,” or malocclusion. Malocclusion occurs when there is imperfect alignment of the teeth when the jaws are closed. Teeth may be crowded or crooked, or perhaps the upper and lower jaws don’t align well. For some, these problems are inherited; they can also come from oral injury, mistimed tooth loss, or thumbsucking.

Not only can orthodontic care give you a better-looking smile, but it also gives you a healthier smile. Crooked teeth are hard to take care of, which can set you up for cavities and tooth decay throughout your life. Untreated bad bites can also result in other serious health problems, such as:

-Gum disease
-Difficult chewing
-Uneven wear on tooth enamel
-Tooth loss
-Affected speaking
-Jaw problems

You can get a straighter, healthier smile at any age; typically orthodontists recommend waiting until the person is at least 8 years old. Adult (18+) orthodontic treatment is becoming more popular, as teeth-straightening options become more discreet and socially accepted.

Depending on the options available to you in your area and the severity of the corrections needed, treatment usually takes between one and three years. This is typically followed by a period of time of wearing a retainer, to keep teeth in place. Your Orthodontist will create a personalized treatment plan for you.

If you are looking for a straighter, healthier, beautiful smile, talk with your Orthodontist about options available to you at Straight Smile. To schedule an appointment or consultation in College Park, Maryland, call us at 301-841-9348. Drs. Christopher and Donald Liang look forward to seeing you!