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Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that specializes in correcting the position of the teeth and jaws. This is important, as crooked teeth are more difficult to clean properly, are at greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease, and can cause extra stress in the jaw, which can lead to headaches and TMJ disorders. In addition, crooked teeth or a misaligned bite can mar the beauty of one’s smile.

Having orthodontic treatment performed can lead to a healthier mouth, a more attractive smile, and teeth that are more likely to last for a lifetime. Dr. Kevin Caldwell can determine whether you need orthodontic treatment during an orthodontic exam. If you have any of the following types of malocclusion, you may benefit from orthodontics in Webb City, Missouri:

Overbite, which is sometimes referred to as “buck teeth,” occurs when the upper front teeth sit too far in front of the lower teeth.

A crossbite occurs when the upper front teeth do not sit slightly in front of the lower front teeth when one bites together as they should.

An underbite manifests as lower front teeth sit in front of the upper teeth. This occurs when the lower teeth sit too far forward or the upper teeth are positioned too far back.

In an open bite, there is space between the biting surfaces of the side or front teeth when the back teeth are biting together.

A misplaced midline occurs when the center of the upper front teeth does not line up with the center of the lower front teeth.

If you would like more information about orthodontics and to schedule a visit with our orthodontist, contact Kevin L. Caldwell, DDS, PC at 417.673.1988 today. Our team is excited to help you on your journey to a straighter, healthier smile!