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When you have teeth that aren’t aligned properly, it can cause cosmetic and oral health problems. These are the instances in which it’s most common to need braces. While they’re not the only treatment option for misaligned teeth, they are the most popular due to their efficacy and ability to completely customize your smile.

With that in mind, let’s take a deeper look at why braces are used and why Dr. Brett Gluck may recommend them to you over another, similar orthodontic treatment.

While braces are generally used to address basic alignment issues that result from permanent teeth replacing primary teeth, they can also address a host of other orthodontic issues.

Overcrowding and other alignment issues can be a result of much earlier issues related to thumb sucking or prolonged pacifier use. They could also result from having a primary tooth extracted before the permanent tooth was ready to emerge.

Problems with an overbite or underbite, which is known as malocclusion, can also be addressed by braces. When the top teeth extend too far over the lower teeth, it is called an overbite. When the lower jaw extends too far out, it is called underbite. If left unchecked, this can lead to chips, fractures and the impairment of basic oral functions like biting or chewing food efficiently.

If you have questions about the orthodontic treatment process, or want to schedule a consultation appointment, call our team today at 770-664-6003.