Girl at the Orthodontist Getting Braces

Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics comprise the dental specialty concerned with the diagnosis, prevention, interception, guidance and correction of bad bites.

The purpose of orthodontic treatment is to create a healthy bite:  straight teeth that properly meet opposing teeth in the opposite jaw. A good bite makes it easier for you to bite, chew and speak.

If your teeth are crowded, protrusive, spaced too far apart, meet in an abnormal way, or do not meet at all, correction may be recommended.  Braces and aligners are the “appliances” UT Dentists orthodontists most commonly use to guide teeth into their proper positions. Retainers preserve and stabilize the results of orthodontic treatment.

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