Orthodontics are important for several reasons. Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean, 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. Teeth that are crooked or not in the right place can also detract from one’s appearance.
The benefits of orthodontic treatment include a healthier mouth, a more pleasing appearance, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime.
Nearly 70% of the population including children, teenagers, and adults, has bite problems known as malocclusion. Malocclusion, or simply, improper bite, can be a result of genetic and environmental factors, traumas, bad habits (such as thumb sucking), and impacted or missing teeth.
Improper bite is directly linked to a large number of health issues, including digestive problems, snoring, facial and neck pain. Even small orthodontic problems may overtime develop into complex issues that require extensive and costly treatment.
When orthodontic problem is detected, and requires getting braces, doing so is important, especially in young age, as it allows to achieve better results faster.
How do I know if I need orthodontics?
Only your dentist or orthodontist can determine whether you can benefit from orthodontics. Based on diagnostic tools that include a full medical and dental health history, a clinical exam, plaster models of your teeth, and special X-rays and photographs, an orthodontist or dentist can decide whether orthodontics are recommended, and develop a treatment plan that’s right for you. Contact Winston Churchill Dental, an Orthodontist in Mississauga for a consultation.
If you have any of the following, you may be a candidate for orthodontic treatment:
- Overbite – where the upper front teeth stick out over the lower teeth
- Underbite – where the lower teeth are too far forward or the upper teeth too far back
- Open bite – space between the biting surfaces of the front and/or side teeth when the back teeth bite together
- Crossbite – when the upper teeth do not come down slightly in front of the lower teeth when biting together normally
- Spacing – gaps between the teeth as a result of missing teeth or teeth that do not “fill up” the mouth
- Crowding – when there are too many teeth for the dental ridge to accommodate
- Misplaced midline – when the center of your upper front teeth does not line up with the center of your lower front teeth
How does Orthodontic Treatment Work?
Many different types of appliances, both fixed and removable, are used to help move teeth, retrain muscles and affect the growth of the jaws. These appliances work by placing gentle pressure on the teeth and jaws. The severity of your problem will determine which orthodontic approach is likely to be the most effective.
Standard orthodontics involve the use of metal brackets which are bonded to the front of your teeth. Elastics and wires then work in conjunction to straighten your teeth. A popular alternative to metal brackets is ceramic brackets; these brackets greatly reduce that “metal mouth” look associated with traditional braces. For more information please contact WCDental office, your mississauga orthodontist.
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A clear alternative
By using a series of clear removable aligners, Invisalign straightens your teeth right before your eyes. Change them about every two weeks, and your teeth will move—little by little, week by week—until they have moved to the final position your orthodontist or dentist has prescribed. Comfortable to wear, our aligners are also removable so you can eat, drink, brush, and floss as usual.
Less treatment time
A typical Invisalign case takes about a year from start to finish. You’ll see your doctor every month or two to see how you’re progressing. Every few visits, you’ll be given additional aligners to continue your treatment. Commonly, the number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but treatment time and the number of aligners will vary from case to case.
Invisible. And comfortable
Invisalign is a virtually invisible solution. So you won’t draw undue attention to your mouth while in treatment. In fact, virtually no one will know you’re wearing them unless you tell. Comfortable to wear, our aligners are also removable so you can eat, drink, brush, and floss as usual.
Is Invisalign for me?
Invisalign can be used to treat the vast majority of common problems for adults and teens. Whether your smile needs minor improvements or more extensive adjustments, Invisalign can certainly help. It’s successful in treating overly crowded or widely spaced teeth. It can also relieve more complex issues, including overbites, underbites and even crossbites. In fact, an Invisalign Certified Orthodontist or Dentist can use Invisalign clear aligners in all or part of just about any treatment plan.
Look your best during treatment
Invisalign is clear and practically invisible, so nothing gets in the way of your new smile. No wonder Invisalign is the choice of over half a million people.
* Unobtrusive in business meetings or social gatherings
* No metal wires or bands to irritate your mouth
* Most people won’t notice you’re wearing aligners