Orthodontics—formally orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics—is the specialty of dentistry concerned with the study and treatment of malocclusion/improper bites which may be a result of tooth irregularity, disproportionate jaw relationships, or both. Orthodontic treatment can focus on dental displacement or can address the control and modification of facial growth.
Studies show malocclusions/bad bites can cause problems beyond aesthetics. Breathing problems, headaches, ear aches, ear infections and mouth breathing, as well as serious disorders such as TMD or TMJ can be attributed to bad bites. Fortunately, a lot of these symptoms clear up after undergoing the required treatment. Orthodontic treatment isn’t just about improving your smile, it is about improving your bite/teeth so your mouth and jaws can work in harmony. Once your bite is corrected, you can eat much more comfortably, take care of your teeth and gums more easily and of course your smile will benefit!