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Malocclusion is the technical term used to describe a significant difference in the alignment or orientation of one set of teeth. More commonly known as an under or overbite, this orthodontic disparity can cause issues like dental attrition, chipped tooth enamel or even dental fractures.

One effective method to improve a problem like this is to have braces installed.

Once the orthodontic hardware has been secured in place, Dr. John R. Schouten can start the process of gradually adjusting the position and orientation of each tooth. Each one of your adjustment appointment will stretch the periodontal ligaments that are anchoring each tooth by a minute degree.

Dr. John R. Schouten typically recommends scheduling an adjustment appointment every four to six weeks. The total number of adjustments needed to correct your under or overbite will vary based on the severity of disparity between both sets of teeth.

Once your teeth have achieved their ideal alignment, you will then need to use a retainer to make sure your teeth hold their new positions. Dr. John R. Schouten can fit you for the retainer immediately following the removal of braces. This might also include having a fixed retainer cemented behind one set of teeth.

If you live in the Price, Utah, area and you need to correct an under or overbite, you should call 435.637.0820 to schedule an orthodontic consultation at Schouten Orthodontics.