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Braces are a common sight in our society, but what are they for?

Braces are an orthodontic treatment used to correct “bad bites,” or malocclusion. Malocclusion occurs when there is imperfect alignment of the teeth when the jaws are closed. The teeth may be crowded or crooked, or it could be that the upper and lower jaws don’t align well. These problems could be inherited for some people, or they can come from oral injury, mistimed tooth loss, or thumbsucking.

Not only can orthodontic care give you a good-looking smile, but it also gives you a healthier smile. Crooked teeth are difficult to care for, and can set you up for cavities and tooth decay throughout your life. Untreated malocclusion can also result in other oral health problems, such as:

-tooth loss
-affected speaking
-difficult chewing
-uneven wear on tooth enamel
-gum disease
-jaw problems

You can get a straighter, healthier smile at any age; typically orthodontics treatment waits until the person is at least 8 years old. Adult orthodontic treatment is becoming more popular, as teeth-straightening options become more discreet and socially accepted for adults.

Depending on the options available to you and the severity of the corrections needed, treatment usually takes between one to three years. This is typically followed by a period of time of wearing a retainer, to keep teeth in place.

If you are looking for a straighter, healthier, beautiful smile, talk with your orthodontist about options available to you at Shannon Orthodontics. To schedule an appointment or consultation in Davenport, Florida, call us at 863-353-6867. Dr. Chris Shannon and our team look forward to seeing you!