Just as we inherit eye color from our parents, mouth and jaw features are also inherited. Local factors such as finger sucking, pacifier sucking, high cavity rate, gum disease, trauma and premature loss of baby teeth can also contribute to poor alignment or a bad bite. Abnormal muscular habits and jaw development can also result in poor alignment or bites. One out of every five school age children has a severe bite problem so it is not surprising that braces are very common.
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