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Ideally, your son or daughter’s teeth erupt from the gums at an angle that meets up perfectly with the neighboring teeth in their bite pattern. Sometimes, however, one or two teeth will fail to touch perfectly. If the angle between them is too far out of alignment, this can mean that one tooth wears on the other unnaturally.

In the short-term, your child may not even notice a problem. However, as time goes on, this deviation can cause excess wear and tear in the tooth enamel. This is called dental attrition and can in time lead to dental fractures or a dangerous degree of tooth decay.

To prevent this occurrence, Dr. Ponce can fit your son or daughter for braces at her Tucson, Arizona clinic.

If the alignment problem is mild to moderate, Dr. Ponce might be able to supply them with a brand of clear plastic aligners such as Invisalign. However, a more significant alignment problem might necessitate traditional bracket and wire braces. Once the orthodontic apparatus has been installed, routine adjustment sessions will gradually reposition the teeth into their ideal alignment.

If you live in the Tucson, Arizona area and you are concerned that your child’s uncorrected alignment problem may cause problems, you can call 520-326-1101 to schedule a braces consultation with Dr. Ponce.