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What is a perfectly proportioned mouth?

A perfectly proportioned mouth is one in which the teeth are not too crowded and the bite (the way your top and bottom teeth come together) is straight. Many people have crooked teeth, a misaligned bite, or both. This may be due to genetics (inherited from parents), gum disease, tumors, or using a pacifier for a long time when you were young.

If you want a perfectly proportioned mouth, your first stop is the dentist's office. He or she will examine you closely and will probably refer you to an orthodontist (a specialist who fixes crooked teeth, underbites, or overbites). Your orthodontist may recommend a retainer, braces, tooth removal, or some combination of the three, to fix your teeth and make your mouth as perfectly proportioned as possible.

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