Sheppard Village Dental - Scarborough

Orthodontics for Teens in Scarborough

A milestone for many young adults, orthodontics builds confidence and brings out the best of their smiles.
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Teeth-straightening solutions from the teenage years and beyond

Most children lose their baby teeth by the age of 13. Before they’ve even lost their last few baby teeth and have most of their adult teeth it’s pretty easy to tell where there will be over-crowding or where permanent teeth are coming in crooked. This is the best time to begin orthodontic treatment while they’re still settling in to their permanent adult smile.

As much as we love bringing out the natural beauty of a smile, orthodontic treatment is even more important for their oral health. Misaligned teeth and a crooked bite can be difficult to clean properly, feel uncomfortable and even cause aches and pains. With orthodontic treatment, these issues can be resolved in as little as 6 months.

    Your teen might benefit from orthodontic treatment if they have:
  • An overbite – when the upper teeth sit too far forward.
  • Excessive spacing – gaps or spaces between the teeth.
  • An underbite – when the lower teeth sit too far forward.
  • Crowding – when teeth are overlapping or impossible to floss.
  • Crossbite – a bite that doesn’t mesh comfortably.
  • Pain - Chronic headaches, jaw pain, or upper back and neck pain.

Orthodontic Treatment Options

There are many different treatment options available depending on the patient’s personal needs and their budget. Here are a few of the options that may be available:

Traditional Braces

When you hear the word braces, you most likely think of those bulky metal brackets with wires. Modern dental brackets are now smaller, less noticeable, and just as effective as the older bulkier ones. They’re easier to keep clean and much more comfortable.

Clear Brackets

If you’re looking for braces, we also offer clear brackets that tend to be more popular among our young adult patients. These brackets are designed to combine conventional orthodontics with discretion. At a quick glance, no one will even notice the braces.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, have rapidly gained in popularity. A series of custom-made transparent trays gradually shift teeth into their ideal position. They fit snuggly and precisely and can occasionally be removed to eat, to brush and floss like normal, and for the occasional special occasion like a school dance or a class presentation.

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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.

Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ideally, orthodontic treatment would occur in younger patients before most adult teeth have arrived. If you are a parent, we recommend bringing your teen in for a consultation. But don’t worry! There are orthodontic treatment options available for adults too! It’s never too late.
Braces do not hurt when they are first applied. After they begin to shift your teeth some discomfort may be felt. Most patients describe the feeling as more annoying than painful. That being said, if you have any pain or discomfort, let us know! There are solutions available to make your treatment as comfortable as possible.
Avoid food that might damage your braces (like candy apples, caramel, or corn on the cob) or may be difficult to clean out of braces (like caramel, gum and popcorn). You may also want to avoid sugary or acidic foods which will be more difficult than usual to clean off your teeth. Clear braces can become stained by some foods like beets, curry and kraft dinner.
Call us right away! Don’t wait until your next appointment.
Floss threaders and super floss are available and specially designed for flossing your braces or permanent retainers. We’d be happy to show you how to floss your braces at your next appointment.
For small changes, orthodontic treatment can be as short as 6 months but for the majority of patients, braces will stay on for between 6 months and 2 years. We can give you a more accurate estimate after an oral exam.
Sheppard Village Dental - Scarborough

Dr. Ma

Orthodontist

Your Orthodontics for Teens Orthodontist

Dr. Ma practiced as a general dentist at a private practice for 6 years before pursuing his passion for Orthodontics. He completed his specialty training in Orthodontics and a Masters of Clinical Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Ma has received numerous awards and accolades, including the Canadian Dental Association President’s Award, the Arthur D. Cummings Medal for Dentistry on Children, Dr. Harris S. Wood Prosthodontic Award, Excellence Award for AEGD Resident, and the Doug Beaton Orthodontic Award. Dr. Ma has taught dental students at the University of Alberta, Boston University and the University of Western Ontario at both the pre-clinical and clinical levels.

Dr. Ma is passionate about orthodontics and feels honoured to have received the knowledge and specialized training his patients can feel confident in. He values education and dedicates many weekends a year attending continuing education seminars and conferences around North America in order to stay current with the most advanced procedures and technologies in the orthodontic field. By being progressive, Dr. Ma can offer the best care for his patients. He is a member of several local and international study clubs where he shares his passion, knowledge and expertise with other dedicated orthodontists.

What Our Patients are Saying

Hernan Edrick Mendoza

All I can say is that I should have come to this clinic a long time ago. Very professional and thorough :)

Sheppard Village Dental - Scarborough

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