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Bone Movement for Malocclusion


Topic Overview

In some cases of malocclusion (poor bite), bone movement is needed to put the jaw in the right position. This process is called "bone modeling." As braces slowly move the teeth, the surrounding bone starts growing cells that become new bone. The braces make sure that the new bone forms in the right place for better jaw movement.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerWilliam F. Hohlt, DDS - Orthodontics
Last RevisedJanuary 2, 2013

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