Heredity is the main cause although local factors such as finger sucking, high cavity rate, gum disease, trauma and premature loss of baby teeth can also contribute to a bad bite.

Poorly arranged teeth can break easily and can trap food particles that cause tooth decay and gum disease.

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Rubber bands or elastics contribute a lot to straighter teeth. They are marvels of physics.

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Braces use steady, gentle pressure over time to move teeth into their proper positions. They don’t look like they’re doing much just sitting there but in fact, every moment or your orthodontic treatment, there’s something happening in your mouth.

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Braces may or may not improve jaw joint problems. More conservative approaches should be tried first.