What are the benefits of Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is important because misaligned teeth or improper positioning can lead to a higher risk of tooth decay, gingivitis and wear of fractures. An improper bite can make teeth harder to reach or more painful to floss, leading to poor oral hygiene. It can also cause overloading of certain teeth that may result in increased chipping, fracture, wear and even pain.

Orthdontics is an effective treatment method that can be used to:

  • Close gaps between teeth
  • Ensure that your teeth and jaw are properly aligned
  • Straighten crooked teeth
  • Improve oral function (such as eating or speech)
  • Mend improper bites

Invisalign® straightens teeth using a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners made with 3D computer imaging technology and it is custom-made specifically for your teeth. As you replace each aligner every two weeks, your teeth will move week by week, gradually moving towards the projected final position. Comfortable, clear and removable, Invisalign® transforms your smile without disrupting your life.

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How do you know if you need orthodontics?

Our dentists are trained to identify if a patient needs orthodontic work by looking at their dental history, taking digital scans of their teeth and/or taking X-rays of their teeth.  We can then recommend orthodontic work and build a treatment plan that best suits your needs.

Orthodontic treatment usually consist of an orthodontic tool that can gently straighten out your teeth. Examples of orthodontic tools are fixed braces, aligners, or Invisalign.  These tools require care and maintenance to produce proper results. Your Orthodontist will provide you with specific instructions along with your treatment in order for you to get the best results.

Orthodontic problems in children can be addressed as early as 5 years. Sometimes early intervention can prevent long orthodontic treatment later on in life. The most important things to look out for are habits that some children might have like thumb sucking. These habits can cause skeletal imbalance and can be treated very effectively early on.

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