It is the branch of dentistry that deals with the correction of teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. Crooked teeth and teeth that are not placed together properly are harder to keep clean, and thus they are at risk of being lost early due to tooth decay and periodontal disease, and cause extra stress on the chewing muscles that can lead to headaches, TMJ syndrome and neck, shoulder and back pain.
There are number of instruments, both fixed and removable, that are used to help move teeth, retrain muscles and affect the growth of the jaws. These instruments work by placing gentle pressure on the teeth and jaws. The orthodontist will determine the severity of your problem and help in choosing the best orthodontic approach that will suit you.