An orthodontist is a dentist trained to diagnose, prevent, and treat teeth and jaw irregularities. They correct existing conditions and are trained to identify problems that may develop in the future. Orthodontists work with people of all ages, from children to adults. However, not everyone is born with straight teeth. If you have a bad bite or large spaces between your teeth, you may want to consult a dentist specializing in orthodontic care.

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Orthodontists use fixed and removable dental devices, like braces, retainers, and bands, to change the position of teeth in the mouth. They treat dental abnormalities, like: -Crooked teeth -Bite problems, like an overbite or an underbite -Crowded teeth, or teeth that are too far apart -Jaw misalignment

Misalignment is the most common reason people see an orthodontist. It's hereditary and is the result of size differences between the upper and lower jaw, or between the jaw and the teeth.