Achieve a Beautiful Smile with Orthodontic Treatment in Cranbrook
At Cranbrook Family Dental, we provide orthodontics to people of all ages to enhance their smile and oral health. Having straight beautiful teeth can provide many lifetime benefits, no matter if you’re young or old. Orthodontics is helpful for those who have malocclusion (misaligned teeth) or who want to improve their smile. The treatment can:
- straighten the misaligned teeth
- close the gaps between teeth
- ensure that the jaw is properly aligned with the teeth
If you have been looking for dependable orthodontics in Cranbrook, get in touch with us today.
WHAT IS ORTHODONTICS?
Specifically, orthodontics is the dental specialty that focuses on the development, prevention and correction of irregularities of the teeth, bite and jaws. According to the Canadian Association of Orthodontists, every child should see an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7. Improve your bite and the alignment of your teeth by booking a consultation at Cranbrook Family Dental.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?
The benefits of orthodontic treatment can truly last a lifetime making it a great investment at any age. Some of these benefits include:
Positive psychological effects:It can have a very positive impact on the way you feel about yourself. Your self-esteem in daily life will grow and you will feel more confident about interacting with others and increasing your circle of friends.
Healthier teeth and gums:This is possible since straight teeth eliminate the hard-to-reach places in your mouth that are tough to brush and floss. This can reduce your risk of developing cavities and periodontal (gum) disease over time.
Alignment of your jaws and bite:Orthodontics can improve your jaw and bite alignment that improves their ability to chew and function properly. The proper function of this complex system of jaw joints and muscles allow them to work in harmony and comfort.
Reduced wear and tear of your teeth: Wear and tear can cause weak, fragile, severely worn, or even broken teeth as well as the loss of supporting bone and gum tissue caused by unhealthy amounts of forces or stress placed on them. Orthodontics can help reduce that.
Improve your bite with braces
Orthodontics can treat a wide range of dental problems and in most cases, completely realign the teeth. Orthodontists may work in combination with a maxillofacial surgeon to correct one’s overbite. The typical irregularities requiring orthodontic treatments:
- Overcrowding: An overcrowded mouth means there is insufficient space within the jaw for all of the adult teeth to fit naturally. Overcrowding may lead to displaced, rotated or completely misaligned teeth.
- Overbite: An overbite refers to the protrusion of the maxilla (upper jaw) relative to the mandible (lower jaw). An overbite gives the smile a “toothy” appearance and the chin looks like it has receded.
- Underbite: An underbite, also known as a negative underjet, refers to the protrusion of the mandible (lower jaw) in relation to the maxilla (upper jaw). An underbite makes the chin look overly prominent. Developmental delays and genetic factors generally cause underbites and overbites.
The Process of Orthodontic Treatment
With the help of a simple check-up, our dentists at Cranbrook Family Dental will let you know if you require orthodontics. If so, they will study your dental history and take X-rays of your teeth. Based on the evidence, they will suggest a treatment plan best suited for you.
Treatment plans consist of using orthodontic appliances, either fixed braces or removable aligners, to help straighten your teeth. Other devices, such as orthodontic elastics, may be used to straighten the jaw. You will receive a set of instructions for proper maintenance. The average period of time for wearing fixed braces is between 1 and 3 years, but you may need them for a shorter amount of time. After the treatment, you will get the desired result: a beautiful, sweet smile. At this point, the orthodontist may suggest that you wear a removable retainer to ensure that the teeth do not begin to shift back to their original positions.
Do I really need braces?
If your orthodontist or dentist recommends braces, you probably need them. Getting braces is not just about a better smile: it can prevent dental and jaw issues later in life. Investing in a beautiful new smile is important.
How do I take care of my braces?
Brushing with braces isn’t hard, but is important. Your orthodontist will give you instructions for brushing your teeth several times each day and for flossing. You’ll get the hang of it.
What are the do’s and don’ts of wearing braces?
Choose softer foods. Avoid sticky, hard or crunchy foods such as bubble gum and hard candy. For your appointment days, take soup, pasta or other gentle foods that don’t require much chewing
We're Here to Help
It is often the case that children – and adults! – need braces to correct their bad bites or misaligned teeths. There are a number of different types of bad bites, such as overbites, cross bites, overjet, and more. Luckily, at Cranbrook Family Dental we assist you in finding the right solution for your or your child’s teeth.