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What you need to know about brace types and oral health

Braces are dental appliances that can be used to align, straighten, or crowd teeth that are crowded, crooked, or out of place. Teenagers are frequently fitted with braces, but adults can also receive them. Braces gradually straighten and align your teeth so that you have a normal bite as you wear them. To improve their smile, some people obtain braces. There are numerous treatments that can help straighten teeth if you have crooked teeth and/or a misaligned bite (an underbite or overbite), including braces and retainers, which are specialized, removable or set devices that cover the exterior of your teeth and aid in maintaining their position. Find out more about how to identify an overbite. Orthodontists specialize in fixing difficulties with your teeth, although many general dentists provide basic alignment and address other tooth concerns. Beyond dental school, an orthodontist completes 2 to 3 years of advanced orthodontic education and training. They are experts in jaw issues, teeth alignment, and tooth straightening.
Your chosen dentist or orthodontist will inquire about your health, do a clinical examination, digitally scan your teeth, take pictures of your face and teeth, and request head and mouth X-rays. They will use this information to develop a therapy strategy.

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