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Did you know that braces can be worn even if your teeth are straight? Braces aren’t just for straightening teeth, they are also used to correct bites that are crowded or crooked, also known as malocclusion. Whether your bite was thrown off due to tooth loss, sucking your thumb when you were younger, or injury, braces can help correct your bite.

This is important because your smile isn’t just about appearance, it’s about having a healthier mouth. In fact, an abnormal bite can invite all sorts of dental health issues, including tooth decay and gum disease, as well as loss of teeth, dental erosion, and problems with your jaw.

Our orthodontist can correct your bite in a variety of ways, including traditional braces using brackets and wires or removable aligners that are virtually invisible, depending on the severity of your bite problems. For children, we tend to recommend orthodontic treatment between 8 and 14 to provide the best result while the child is still growing. However, more and more adults are using orthodontics to correct bite issues successfully.

You can expect your orthodontic treatment to last anywhere from one to three years. After the treatment is successfully completed, you will be wearing a retainer to keep your teeth in their proper position. Wearing braces or aligners is easier than ever.

If you have any questions about orthodontic treatment for your smile our orthodontist, Dr. Joseph P. Goodson, is here to help. We invite you to call Joseph P. Goodson DMD, MS in Austin, Texas, at 512-258-6683 today, and get on tracker to a healthier, beautiful smile!