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There are a number of various kinds of braces, but all work on the same simple principle. They all work by slowly and subtly stretching out the ligaments that hold your teeth in the socket. Over the course of time, this can give you a straight smile.

Common orthodontic issues such as bad alignment or crowding teeth can often be corrected with braces. These issues sometimes happen because the adult teeth replacing the primary teeth come in at different times. If something, such as a childhood extraction, messes with the order of emergence, complications can happen.

Malocclusion, also called overbite or underbite, happens when the two jaws are misaligned. This can make it harder to chew and speak, but it can also affect the appearance of your face. It also has the potential to cause fractures and chips in your teeth.

The severity of the alignment issue will directly influence the number of adjustment sessions that your orthodontist, Dr. Greg Atwood, will need to perform to achieve your ideal smile.

If you have alignment issues with your teeth, you should strongly consider calling Atwood Family Dental at 432.337.6165 to see how braces in Odessa, Texas, can improve you smile.