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  • PIMM Wix Team

Heredity and your teeth: All in the family?

When it comes to our physical characteristics, so many inherited traits are passed down through the generations through our genetic makeup. Eye and hair color, blood type, whether we’re left- or right-handed, and numerous others. Of course, that includes certain health factors and conditions. The shape of our teeth and jaw are no exception, as our orthodontist at Ortho Inc. explains to patients who ask, “Why do I need braces, when other people I know don’t!”

Well, we don’t like to point fingers, especially at your mom, dad and grandparents, but if there have been crooked teeth and jaw problems in the previous generations, then it’s a safe bet that you and your own children will have them, too. If Dad had rather large front teeth that were crowded together, then it’s no surprise when the same trait is passed down to you. Similarly, the size of the jaw is also influenced by genetics. So, if one or both of your parents wore braces, the likelihood is that you’ll be following suit.

Now, our orthodontist can’t change genetics, but we can work with you to achieve a healthy, radiant smile you’ll treasure for years to come. And thanks to the state-of-the-art techniques and technology available at our practice, we have more options for delivering great results more quickly and comfortably than ever. Besides traditional metal braces, their ceramic cousins offer a less visible alternative. Lingual braces hide behind the teeth, doing the job out of the spotlight. And invisible aligners are, well, invisible.

It’s also important to note that we can largely control our oral health by maintaining a consistent routine of brushing and flossing at least twice a day to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, and to have regular checkups and professional cleanings by your dentist.

Shakespeare wrote that “past is prologue,” but you can flip the script, thanks to the modern treatments offered by our orthodontist at Ortho Inc.. Please contact us to schedule a consultation!

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