Orthodontics Near You
Orthodontics can improve the alignment and appearance of a patient’s smile. Regardless of whether you are a child, teenager, or adult, orthodontics can provide you with a straight and healthy smile while preventing other oral health problems in the future.
When Do You Need Orthodontics?
Most orthodontic issues including overcrowding or excessive space are genetic which means they were passed down to you through your parents. With that said, other orthodontic problems are environmental. These may be caused by bad habits such as sucking on your thumb as a child.
You may require orthodontics if:
- You are missing teeth
- You have extra teeth
- Your teeth are crooked
- Your teeth are crowded together or spaced far apart
- Your jaw is not positioned correctly
- You have an overbite, underbite, or crossbite
Whether or not orthodontics is necessary will vary from patient to patient. Each patient has their own situation and your dentist will determine whether or not you are eligible for orthodontics in Kitchener, ON during a consultation at our office. They will evaluate your teeth’s development, growth, and problems. Most commonly, patients receive orthodontic treatment are between the ages of 8 and 14. However, orthodontic treatment is also extremely effective for adults.
Types of Orthodontics
Metal braces are the most popular choice in terms of orthodontics. These consist of a system of metal brackets, bands, wires, ligatures, and elastics. Your dentist bonds the small metal fixtures to each tooth using a dental adhesive. These small metal fixtures remain on your teeth until the end of your treatment and exert the necessary pressure to shift your teeth into proper alignment.
Clear aligners, such as Invisalign have become a popular alternative to metal braces, especially for adults. This orthodontic option allows you to straighten your teeth and enhance your appearance discretely. Clear aligners are removable but must be worn for a minimum of 22 hours per day. Patients should only remove their aligners when eating, drinking, or cleaning their teeth.
To learn more about orthodontics near you, contact our dental office. During a consultation, your dentist can recommend the best option if you are looking for orthodontics in Kitchener, ON.