Orthodontists are seeing an alarming trend in teenagers trying to speed up the process by making their braces at home. In many cases, the results are disastrous.
Because crooked teeth or jaw problems may contribute to improper cleaning of teeth, leading to tooth decay and gum disease or total tooth loss, the benefits of orthodontic treatment often go beyond the obvious physical changes of an improved bite and straighter teeth. Orthodontic problems that go untreated can lead to chewing and digestion difficulties, speech impairments, and abnormal wear of tooth surfaces and. over time, excessive strain on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth can affect the jaw joints leading to problems such as headaches or face and neck pain.
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