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What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on the alignment of your teeth. Many people suffer from a malocclusion, which simply means that their teeth are out of alignment. If your teeth overlap of if they are unevenly space, you have a malocclusion. The same is true if your upper and lower teeth do not fit together the way they are supposed to. Orthodontics can be used to correct these imperfections. This is generally done using braces and retainers. Young children may also need the aid of a functional appliance to make sure their jaw develops correctly. Orthodontic care is generally provided by an orthodontist and can be costly depending upon the extent of your malocclusion.
Dante A. Gonzales, DMD
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
Orthodontics is the oldest specialties of dentistry and is focused on the alignment of the teeth and the occlusion (bite). Orthodontics uses different appliances to move the teeth and modify the growth of the jaws to establish a proper bite and proper alignment of the teeth. Proper alignment and a proper bite can improve the function of the teeth, the cleansibility, and ultimately, the longevity of the teeth. In addition, it can make for a better looking smile.

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