A malocclusion is a misalignment of the bite. Underbites or overbites are common examples. These can impair both the look and function of your smile. Significant malocclusions can cause dental attrition and even increase your chances of suffering a dental fracture.
Braces were specifically designed to correct malocclusions. How do they work, exactly? Braces are composed of brackets which are cemented to each tooth and connected to an overarching wire. Over a period of time, Dr. Merissa Blais and our orthodontic team will bring you in for a series of periodic adjustment appointments to tighten the wire. These adjustments causes the periodontal ligaments anchoring each tooth in your mouth to stretch and your teeth to gradually shift into alignment.
The total number of adjustments that you need will vary depending on the severity of the problem. Once your braces are removed, you will then need to use a retainer to make sure your teeth hold their new position. This may also include having a fixed retainer cemented behind some of your teeth.
If you live in the Scarsdale, New York, area and you have a malocclusion, you can call 914.472.9595 to book a braces consultation. Let Blais Orthodontics help you get a straighter and better smile today!