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The Purpose of Braces

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It’s not uncommon for someone in early to mid-adolescence to need braces. In fact, there are several different reasons why Dr. Muhammad Abey might recommend that your son or daughter be fitted for a set of braces.

As your child’s 20 primary teeth fall out to give way for their 32 permanent teeth, there can often be issues related to alignment or overcrowding. Sometimes this is more likely if when your son or daughter was young and a fractured or severely decayed primary tooth needed to be extracted. Sometimes alignment issues can be set in motion years earlier due to thumb sucking or overuse of a pacifier in early childhood.

However, it’s not uncommon for alignment and overcrowding issues to occur without any outside influence.

Malocclusion, is a situation where your child’s upper or lower jaw is larger or is positioned further out from the other. When the top teeth extend too far out it is called overbite. When the lower jaw extends too far out it is called under-bite.

If you have noticed alignment, crowding or malocclusion issues with your child’s teeth, please feel free to call Dr. Muhammad Abey at 973-341-3180 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping your child have a healthy mouth and an appealing smile.