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What conditions are corrected by braces?

One of the most common benefits of braces is correcting a bad bite. A bad bite, or malocclusion, is misalignment of teeth such that they do not mesh properly. When left uncorrected, malocclusion may cause the teeth to wear poorly over time. It can also affect the muscles supporting the jaw, leading to muscle pain, or weaken bone and gum support that can result in loss of teeth.

There are several types of malocclusion that braces can correct by forcing the teeth and jaws to align properly. These are:

  • Overbite: When the upper front teeth overlap too much with the lower front teeth
  • Openbite: When the upper and lower front teeth don't overlap at all
  • Overjet: When the front teeth protrude; this condition is often referred to as bucked teeth
  • Underbite: When the front teeth recede or sink in

Braces can also reposition crowded or loosely spaced teeth. Crowded teeth are prone to decay because they easily trap food particles, and are more difficult to brush and floss. Widely spaced teeth similarly allow food to be impacted within the spaces, and can lead to periodontal diseases. With braces, teeth can be straightened or repositioned to fill in gaps. In some cases, the orthodontist may recommend replacement work involving a bridge or tooth implant.

Now you can kiss your overbite or underbite goodbye. Have an attractive smile that’s truly remarkable from an expert’s perspective. Call us in Wilbraham today at (413) 596-9657 or use our online Request an Appointment form. Our patients come to us from the Pioneer Valley (Hampden County, MA) towns of Hampden, Ludlow, Monson, Palmer, Springfield, Wilbraham and East Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

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" How could I give anything but 10 stars when the whole experience was perfect! Dr. Margolis and his staff are polite, friendly and informative. Every appointment from the first consultation through having the braces taken off were run like a well oiled machine... And most importantly, my daughter's teeth look amazing and she is all smiles!! "
- Kathy C.

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Margolis Orthodontics

3 Crane Park Drive, Wilbraham, MA 01095
Tel: (413) 596-9657, Fax: (413) 596-9689
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