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Teeth are not supposed to grow above each other

It doesn't matter whether you laugh, talk, chew or yawn: Your jaw is constantly moving - together with a series of sinews, muscles and joints. Therefore a misaligned tooth affects much more than "just" the teeth themselves.


Anatomy of a smile

Anatomy of a smile

Anatomy of a smile

You think the teeth of your child actually look pretty okay? One thing's sure: Your orthodontist will only advise to get braces if his/her teeth or jaw need treatment to keep them in good alingment and to avoid later hassle. Always remember: Healthy straight teeth not only look more beautiful, you can also brush them better. This protects them from tooth decay or gum disease.

What do braces do for the teeth of your child?

Wearing braces not only corrects wacky teeth, it also does the same for (often invisible) jaw misalignments. Because the trouble isn't always in your teeth, it can be your child's jaw: People with jaw misalignments bite wrongly, which causes pain and broken teeth somewhere down the line. So, braces not only can give your child beautiful and straight teeth, they can also save them from pain and diseased teeth.

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Success story with braces