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Braces are an orthodontic treatment used to correct malocclusion. Malocclusion occurs when there is imperfect alignment of the teeth when the jaws are closed; it can also be referred to as a “bite bite.” Teeth may crowded or crooked, or perhaps the upper and lower jaws don’t align well. For some people, these problems could be inherited. They can also come from oral injury, mistimed tooth loss or thumbsucking.

Not only can orthodontic care give you a aesthetically pleasing smile, but straightening your teeth also gives you a healthier smile. Crooked teeth are difficult to keep clean, and that can set you up for cavities and tooth decay throughout your life. Not only are cavities a risk, but untreated malocclusion can also result in other oral health problems, such as:

-Uneven wear on tooth enamel (which can lead to cavities)
-Gum disease
-Jaw problems
-Tooth loss
-Affected speaking
-Difficult chewing

You can get a straighter smile at any age! Typically orthodontists recommend waiting until the person is at least 8 years old. Adult orthodontic treatment is more popular than it has been in years past, as teeth-straightening options become more discreet and socially accepted for adults.

Depending on the specific care options available to you and the severity of the corrections needed, orthodontic treatment usually takes from one to three years. This is typically followed by a period of time of wearing a retainer to keep teeth in place, as directed by your orthodontist.

If you are looking for a straighter, healthier smile, talk with your orthodontist about options available to you at Uinta Orthodontics. To schedule an appointment or consultation in Evanston, Wyoming, call us at (307) 789-8742. Dr. John R. Schouten and our team look forward to seeing you soon!