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Over the years, braces have been perceived as right of passage for children and teens. However, in recent years, more adults have also opted for orthodontics to correct alignment problems in their smiles.

The most obvious benefit of orthodontic work is cosmetic. A straight, clean smile is appealing, and it is a boost a person’s self-image and confidence. However looking good is just one reason for a person to get braces. There are other, serious problems that your orthodontist can address. A problem with your bite can do more than affect your looks. In fact, misaligned teeth can cause tooth decay or loss and gum disease. Problems with your teeth can affect how you speak and eat, and can even cause extra wear and tear on your tooth enamel. Orthodontics can also be used when there are too many teeth in your jaw for them to fit properly, or if there is too much space between your teeth. Braces can help in correcting bigger problems such as an underbite or an overbite.

You may notice when you look in the mirror that your teeth are not properly aligned, or “crooked”. However, your dentist may actually be the first person to see that you have a problem with your teeth that needs to be corrected with orthodontics. When that time comes, you should give us a call.

Our dentist, Dr. Raymond Maddox at Maddox Family Dental Center in Hartford City, Indiana would be happy to see you for an evaluation and to recommend a course of treatment for you. You can make an appointment by calling 765-348-4111. We look forward to helping you improve your smile.