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    Bone Movement for Malocclusion

    Bone Movement for Malocclusion

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    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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    By Healthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer William F. Hohlt, DDS - Orthodontics
    Last Revised January 2, 2013

    Last Revised: January 2, 2013

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