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While they come with certain cosmetic variations, braces work on the same set of principles. Through the course of consistent and progressive adjustment sessions, the braces apply modest pressure to stretch the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth. Each adjustment brings the teeth one small step closer to your ideal smile.

While braces are generally used to address basic alignment issues that result from permanent teeth replacing primary teeth, they can also address a host of other orthodontic issues.

Overcrowding and other alignment issues can be a result of much earlier issues related to thumb sucking or prolonged pacifier use. They could also result from having a primary tooth extracted before the permanent tooth was ready to emerge.

Problems with an overbite or underbite, which is known as malocclusion, can also be addressed by braces. When the top teeth extend too far over the lower teeth, it is called an overbite. When the lower jaw extends too far out, it is called underbite. If left unchecked, this can lead to chips, fractures and the impairment of basic oral functions like biting or chewing food efficiently.

If you or your child has any of these issues, you should strongly consider calling Dr. Michael Emanuel at 718-690-9560 to discuss the benefits of braces in Brooklyn, New York. Our Michael Emanuel DDS PLLC team is happy to help you.