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Dr. Kennedy Orthodontics involves correction of tooth alignment and bite problems. It deals with the straightening of teeth and with fixing under and over-bites. Mouth injuries, prolonged pacifier use in infancy or thumb-sucking in early childhood can all cause misalignment of teeth. Usually orthodontic problems occur simply because the teeth and mouth are growing at different speeds. Orthodontic appliances, such as braces and retainers, put pressure on your teeth and/or jaw, forcing them into a more aligned form. These appliances are popular for their aesthetic benefits; they can pull teeth together to close gaps and push teeth apart to avoid overlaps. However, straightening your teeth improves more than just your smile. Crooked or overlapped teeth can impair chewing and, thus digestion and complicate dental hygiene. Poorly aligned teeth can lead to other complications such as tongue biting, a very painful experience. Jaw irregularities can cause the roof of the mouth to block the nasal cavities leading to breathing difficulties. All of these potential problems can be prevented with the use of orthodontics. Recent evidence suggests that braces might play an indirect role in preventing cardiovascular disease as former braces-wearers learn to care for their teeth, thus reducing the amount of oral bacteria. It is believed that oral bacteria sometimes inflame the arterial system leading to plaque formation.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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