1An orthodontic problem is called a malocclusion, meaning bad bite. Some of the causes of malocclusion are crowded teeth, extra teeth, missing teeth or jaws that are out of alignment. Most malocclusions are inherited, although some can be acquired. Acquired malocclusions can be caused by accidents, early or late loss of baby teeth, or sucking of the thumb, fingers or tongue for a prolonged period of time.
Treatment to resolve these conditions can take between 6–30 months depending on the patient's age and severity of the problem. Orthodontic treatment can be undertaken at any age. Issues that you or your child may be facing include:
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