Malocclusion is a condition where the upper or lower set of teeth protrudes unnaturally from the other. Commonly referred to as an under or overbite, this orthodontic issue can have several ramifications on the appearance and function of your mouth. Fortunately, Dr. Joseph A. Wilson can improve these issues by installing braces.
Once the brackets, wires and other necessary hardware have been secured in place, he can start the process of meticulously adjusting the position of each tooth. Each adjustment session will slightly stretch the periodontal ligaments that anchor each tooth in its individual socket.
You will then need to attend a regular adjustment appointment every four to six weeks. The total number of adjustments it takes to realign your under or overbite will vary based on the severity of the misalignment.
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. You should expect to use a retainer for the same amount of time you needed to wear braces. This might also include having a fixed retainer cemented behind one set of teeth.
If you would like to improve your under or overbite in Farmington, New Mexico, you should call (505) 325-8858 to schedule a consultation at Orthodontics, Inc.