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.
- 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.
Your teen might benefit from orthodontic treatment if they have:
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:
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.
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, 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.
Contact us today
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
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.
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