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The misalignment of teeth is a major issue for some of our patients.
When teeth are not aligned properly, chewing may be impaired and
discomfort may be experienced when eating, especially when eating
쐆ard food. Various treatment options exist, depending on several factors,
including age, health of bone and soft tissue, severity of misalignment,
and a patient셲 general state of health.



For young patients, wearing braces for a year or two might be sufficient to
restore normal, trouble-free tooth alignment. When the problem exists in
adults, even young adults, surgery may be required to attain comfort and
effective tooth function. Older patients with soft-tissue problems and bone
loss may need more drastic surgery to achieve worthwhile results.



Treatment of problems in patients under about age 12 usually promises
the best outcome, because tissue regenerates itself more readily in
pre-pubescence. Implementing treatment on younger patients who have
both primary and permanent teeth usually is the ideal time to treat
malocclusion issues. In the figure, note the differences between
primary- and permanent-tooth layout. All of our
permanent teeth have erupted by age 21.