Few people are born with perfectly aligned teeth. Luckily, you aren’t stuck with crooked teeth for the rest of your life! Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on correcting the way the teeth and jaws fit together. At Sheppard Village Dental, we are pleased to offer several orthodontic treatments to our patients. Orthodontic treatment is not just for children. Believe it or not, almost 50% of our ortho cases are adults who are ready to prioritize making their dream smile a reality. What’s stopping you?
In children, the main focus of orthodontics is to make sure there is proper functional spacing for the teeth to grow in, avoid crowding, assist with proper timing of the “baby” teeth to “adult” teeth transition, make sure the jaws have enough space to correctly align the teeth to grow into proper occlusion and alignment. Once the functional alignment is corrected with orthodontics, the teeth will be cosmetically straight and aligned as well. The advantage to getting orthodontics at a younger age is that the jawbones are soft and still growing, which makes it easier to guide the teeth into better alignment.
In adults, many of the newer orthodontic options, such as Invisalign (clear aligners), clear braces, and lingual braces (behind the teeth) allow more aesthetic-conscious patients to receive the benefits of orthodontics without the need for traditional metal braces. Adults can achieve a beautiful straight smile with orthodontics at any age.
Some of the conditions that can be corrected with orthodontics include: an overbite which some people call “buck teeth”, an underbite where your lower arch is too far forward, spacing or gaps, crowding, cross-bite where your upper and lower teeth don’t align properly, or an open bite where you have teeth (most commonly in the front) that don’t even touch together when closing or chewing.
Your treatment will be unique and customized just for you. An untreated poorly aligned smile can result in long-term issues. Our expertise at Sheppard Village Dental can move your teeth into the optimal position for long-term oral health, which can prevent future ailments. Not to mention, a beautiful straight smile can improve your self-confidence and aid in your ability to chew your food, improve your speech and minimize irregular wearing of your teeth. It’s never too late to perfect your greatest asset, your smile!
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