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Orthodontics Basics

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What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean.    Read "What is Orthodontics?" article

Early Orthodontics May Mean Less Treatment Later

Look at yearbook or prom pictures from the 1950s or '60s and you'll see many smiles framed with heavy metal braces, a sight that's increasingly rare on today's high school campuses.    Read "Early Orthodontics May Mean Less Treatment Later" article

Diastema (Gap Between Teeth)

A diastema is a space or gap, most often between the two upper front teeth. At some stages of dental development, it's normal to have a diastema, and the space eventually closes after the permanent canine teeth (eye teeth) erupt into the mouth.    Read "Diastema (Gap Between Teeth)" article

Bringing Teeth into Alignment with Orthodontic Treatment

The American Association of Orthodontists reports that in the United States 4.5 million people are wearing braces or other dental appliances to straighten teeth and provide a healthy, beautiful smile. Read "Bringing Teeth into Alignment with Orthodontic Treatment" article

Diastemas and Treatment Options

What is a Diastema and How do I Treat It? A “diastema” is an area of extra space between two or more teeth. The two front teeth of the upper jaw area is where diastema is most frequently seen. Read "Diastemas and Treatment Options" article

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