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Non-Cosmetic Pediatric Orthodontia

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Orthodontia, also known as orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.  Pediatric orthodontic problems are commonly referred to as malocclusion.  Malocclusion may be caused by missing teeth, extra teeth, crowded teeth and/or abnormal alignment of the jaw.  Most of these pediatric problems are inherited; however, significant deviation of the teeth and/or jaw may also be caused by accidents, burns, osteomyelitis or other severe trauma. Orthodontic treatment, which involves the application of wires and orthodontic brackets (i.e., braces), is performed to correct the alignment of teeth and jaws.




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