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Did you know clean teeth move faster? Without tarter and plaque buildup, your orthodontic appliance such as braces are free to move your teeth into the perfect smile more quickly and efficiently. So next time you think about not brushing, just remember all of the benefits you could be missing out on. For more information give us a call at (888) 785-6413.

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What Causes Orthodontic Problems?

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Orthodontic problems usually originate with a misalignment of the teeth, or malocclusion. This can be the result of a number of factors, some of which are preventable and some of which are not. Orthodontic treatment with oral appliances or braces can be used to treat most malocclusions. Here are a few of the causes of orthodontic issues:                                                                                 

  • Shape of the Jaw
    One common cause of malocclusion is being born with a jaw that is too small to allow the teeth to align properly. As a result, the teeth tend to become crowded, crooked, and overlapped. This can also cause the top and bottom rows of teeth to be misaligned with each other.
  • Childhood Habits
    There are a number of habits common among children that can lead to orthodontic problems. While a child’s primary teeth may seem less important than their adult teeth because they are naturally lost early in life, the alignment of the primary teeth actually acts as a guide for the adult teeth. If a child is allowed to suck on a pacifier, thumb, or other object for too long, his or her primary teeth may become crooked and, as a result, the adult teeth will follow suit and also be crooked. Losing primary teeth too early because of tooth decay can also lead to problems with the alignment of adult teeth.
  • Unusual Number of Teeth
    Being born with extra or missing teeth can also lead to malocclusion and other orthodontic problems. When extra teeth are present, overlapping can occur due to inadequate space in the jaw. If a person is born with too few teeth, large gaps may form between the teeth.
  • Injury or Illness
    Orthodontic problems can also be caused by damage within the mouth or jaw. Illnesses that cause tumors to grow in the mouth or jaw can lead to malocclusion. A fractured jaw that has been misaligned can also cause orthodontic problems.

Malocclusion and other orthodontic problems can lead to tooth decay. Dr. David Seligman of Seligman Orthodontics can treat orthodontic problems, providing patients with a healthy and beautiful smile. To learn more about our Park Avenue office, call us today at (888) 785-6413.


Visit These Sites To Learn More About Orthodontic Treatment

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Our recent blogs have discussed the causes of orthodontic problems and looked at the benefits of Invisalign clear aligners. You can find additional information on these topics in the links below. To schedule an orthodontic consultation, call Seligman Orthodontics on Park Avenue today at (888) 785-6413.

  • This article from the U.S. National Library of Medicine provides information on malocclusion of the teeth.
  • For information on the connection between extended pacifier use and orthodontic problems, take a look at this article from the Colgate Oral and Dental Health Resource Center.
  • You can learn about treatment for orthodontic problems with this article from the American Dental Association.
  • In this article, The New York Times discusses the advantages of visiting an orthodontist for Invisalign treatment.
  • Take a look at this article from the American Association of Orthodontists to learn about the importance of seeing an orthodontist for dental alignment treatments.


When Should My Child Be Evaluated for Braces?

There are several dental conditions, including overbites, under bites, overlapping teeth, and gaps between teeth, that orthodontic treatment can correct. Catching an orthodontic issue early can make it easier to successfully address the problem.

In this video, you can learn the appropriate time to schedule your child’s first orthodontic evaluation. The clip also highlights the importance of providing an evaluation at this particular age and the benefits of identifying orthodontic problems early.

At Seligman Orthodontics, we can evaluate your child’s teeth to determine if he or she may benefit from braces. To learn more about braces or to schedule an appointment at our Park Avenue office, call us today at (888) 785-6413.


What Causes Orthodontic Problems?

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Orthodontic problems usually originate with a misalignment of the teeth, or malocclusion. This can be the result of a number of factors, some of which are preventable and some of which are not. Orthodontic treatment with oral appliances or braces can be used to treat most malocclusions. Here are a few of the causes of orthodontic issues:

  • Shape of the Jaw

One common cause of malocclusion is being born with a jaw that is too small to allow the teeth to align properly. As a result, the teeth tend to become crowded, crooked, and overlapped. This can also cause the top and bottom rows of teeth to be misaligned with each other.

  • Childhood Habits

There are a number of habits common among children that can lead to orthodontic problems. While a child’s primary teeth may seem less important than their adult teeth because they are naturally lost early in life, the alignment of the primary teeth actually acts as a guide for the adult teeth. If a child is allowed to suck on a pacifier, thumb, or other object for too long, his or her primary teeth may become crooked and, as a result, the adult teeth will also be crooked. Losing primary teeth too early because of tooth decay can also lead to problems with the alignment of adult teeth.

  • Unusual Number of Teeth

Being born with extra or missing teeth can also lead to malocclusion and other orthodontic problems. When extra teeth are present, overlapping can occur due to inadequate space in the jaw. If a person is born with too few teeth, large gaps may form between the teeth.

  • Injury or Illness

Orthodontic problems can also be caused by damage within the mouth or jaw. Illnesses that cause tumors to grow in the mouth or jaw can lead to malocclusion. A fractured jaw that has been misaligned can also cause orthodontic problems.

Malocclusion and other orthodontic problems can lead to tooth decay. Dr. David Seligman of Seligman Orthodontics can treat orthodontic problems, providing patients with a healthy and beautiful smile. To learn more about our Park Avenue office, call us today at (888) 785-6413.


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