Braces Can Address Several Different Alignment Issues

There are a few different variations on braces that Dr. Rollins or Dr. Petersen at Rollins and Petersen Orthodontics might recommend. They all work on the same principle, where gradual adjustments made to the tension of the braces slowly alters their position and alignment in your mouth. Most adjustment sessions need to be scheduled an average of four to six weeks apart.

It’s not uncommon for one or more baby teeth to be lost and the corresponding permanent teeth in that area, emerge slightly out of alignment. This is even more likely to happen if your son or daughter had to have a tooth extracted when they were younger due to severe tooth decay. The severity of the misalignment will directly determine just how long your son or daughter will need to wear braces to improve their smile.

Malocclusion, more commonly known as an overbite or under-bite, occurs when the upper or lower jaw is larger or is positioned out of alignment from the other. This can seriously impair their ability to chew and lead to several other problems. How far their teeth are out of alignment or how much of an over or under-bite they have, will greatly influence just how long they will need to wear braces.

If you are concerned that your son or daughter is developing alignment issues with their teeth, you should call Rollins and Petersen Orthodontics to schedule an appointment.