Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of tooth and jaw alignment problems.
Treatment is not just about aesthetics, it's also about healthy gums and teeth. Bad bites, also known as "malocclusions", can affect the way you eat, clean your teeth, or even how you speak. Orthodontics is not simply correcting crooked teeth, it's about creating a healthier, happier, more comfortable and confident smile for you or your child.
The practice of orthodontics requires the professional skill in the design, application and control of corrective appliances (braces) to bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment and achieve facial balance.
Orthodontics in Children
"Smile!", "Say Cheese!" Kids love to smile and laugh. Studies have shown that a smile is not something we learn to do, it's something we are born with the ability to do from the very get-go. We want your child to smile with confidence!
The Canadian and American Association of Orthodontists recommend that your child's initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of problems before the age of 8. While treatment may not be necessary at this young age, being vigilant with examinations will help prepare for the right time to begin treatment.
Orthodontics in Adults
A smile exudes internal happiness and beauty. It translates into confidence, likability and is the universal sign of happiness and acceptance around the world. Studies have shown that a smile is more beautiful than make-up. If you've been shying away from smiling due to insecurities such as crooked teeth, misalignment or if you experience headaches or jaw pain, orthodontics may be the answer.
Gone are the days when braces were dreaded! With new technology and advancements in orthodontics there are more discrete options available to you, but remember, you can always let your inner child out and rock some fun, bright and bold colours. The choice is yours!