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Braces are a particular kind of orthodontic treatment used to correct “bad bites,” or malocclusion. Malocclusion refers to when there is an imperfect alignment of the teeth when the jaws are closed. They may crooked or crowded, or it could be that the upper and lower jaws don’t match up. For some people, these problems are inherited. They can also come from oral injury, mistimed tooth loss (too early or too late), or thumbsucking.

Though many focus on orthodontic care as a way to a great-looking smile, orthodontic treatment also gives you a healthier smile. Crooked teeth are difficult to keep clean, which can set you up for cavities and tartar buildup throughout your life. Untreated malocclusion can also result in other oral major health problems, such as:

-Jaw problems
-Gum disease
-Tooth loss
-Uneven wear on tooth enamel
-Affected speaking
-Difficult chewing

You can get a straighter, healthier smile at any age; typically orthodontists will hold off until the person is at least 8 years old. Many individuals choose orthodontic treatment during teen or pre-teen years. However, adult orthodontic treatment is becoming more popular, as teeth-straightening options become more discreet and socially accepted for those over the age of 18.

Depending on the severity of the corrections needed and the specific treatment options available to you, treatment usually takes one to three years. This is typically followed by a period of time wearing a retainer, to keep teeth in place.

If you are looking for a healthier, beautiful smile, talk with your orthodontist about options available to you at Coastal Orthodontic Care. To schedule an appointment or consultation in Ventura, California, call us at 805-650-1080. Dr. Lautt and our team look forward to talking with you soon!