What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that treats malocclusion, a condition in which the teeth are not in their correct position when you close your mouth, resulting in an improper bite.

What Do Orthodontists Do?

Orthodontists specialize in changing the position of teeth in the mouth and making the teeth straight using fixed and removable dental devices such as braces, retainers, and bands. Accordingly, they treat dental abnormalities, including:

  • Jaw misalignment 
  • Teeth that are too far apart or crowded teeth 
  • Crooked teeth bite problems, including an overbite or an under-bite
Orthodontics
Orthodontics with Braces
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Treatment can be cosmetic, aiming to improve a person’s appearance. However, orthodontics aims to improve a patient’s bite. Also, teeth that are evenly spaced and straight will align with opposing teeth in the jaw. Because a healthy bite ensures you can speak, chew, and eat properly. Although seeing an orthodontist in the past was associated with teenagers or children who needed braces, orthodontists can correct dental problems at any age.

Benefits of Orthodontics

Orthodontics has additional benefits over improving cosmetic appearance, which include:

  • Reduced risk of gum injury and trauma due to malocclusion and overbites.
  • Less risk of dental caries
  • Improvement of self-esteem
  • Improved function of teeth, including better chewing and clearer pronunciation and speech

For this purpose, the orthodontist uses a range of medical and dental devices to achieve these goals, including headgear, plates, and braces.

Devices

Orthodontic devices can be removable or fixed:

Fixed Orthodontic Appliances

Fixed appliances are the most common devices in orthodontics. On the one hand, eating with fixed appliances is normal. On the other hand, you need to avoid some drinks and foods, such as sticky foods and carbonated drinks. They include:

Braces

Braces consist of bands, wires, and brackets. Typically, the last one connects to the front of the teeth. While bands serve as anchors for the appliance by being fixed firmly around the teeth, wires fix to the bands and pass through the brackets in the shape of an arch. When the dentist tightens the archwire, tension is applied to the teeth. In the long run, it moves the teeth into the proper position.
Follow-up involves monthly visits to tighten or adjust the braces. For that reason, treatment may last from several months to some years. Obviously, both coloured and clear braces are available.

Braces with Colorful Bands
Removable Orthodontic Appliances

Minor problems may be treated by removable orthodontic appliances. For example, correcting slightly crooked teeth or preventing thumb sucking. Although these appliances should only be taken out when flossing, cleaning, or eating, the orthodontist may sometimes advise the patient to remove them during certain activities, such as cycling or playing a wind instrument.
Examples of removable appliances are:

Aligner
Aligners

For adults, aligners may be used instead of braces since they are almost unnoticeable by other people. And they can be removed to eat, floss, or brush their teeth. You will use an aligner for two to three weeks. Then, our dentist will change it for a tighter one.

Headgears

As it is shown, a headgear is a strap around the back of the head attached to a face bow or metal wire in the front to keep the back teeth in position, pull back the front ones, and slow down upper jaw growth.

Orthodontics with Headgear
Orthodontics with Retainer
Retainers

Finally, our dentist uses retainers to stop the teeth from moving to their original position after treatment. Also, she may use them to prevent children from thumb sucking.

Generally, there are two types of removable retainers:

  • A Hawley retainer consists of acrylic and metal. The wire surrounds the anterior teeth, and the acrylic fits on the roof of the mouth.
  • The other kind of material for retainers is clear plastic. So it looks like an Invisalign aligner and fits over the teeth.

Dentists glue or bond the permanent retainers to the back of the teeth. And they usually recommend permanent retainers for lower anterior teeth because of the high risk of reverting to their former position.
In some cases, orthodontists recommend a fixed permanent one on the lower anterior teeth and the clear plastic aligner type, which would fit the entire lower arch.

Why Choose Dental Land as Your Family Orthodontist?
Individualized Care, Exceptional Results
  • The orthodontic specialists at Dental Land provide leading-edge individualized orthodontic treatment tailored to your specific needs.
  • We are aware that no two people are the same. Our team works to ensure that you will have the best orthodontic experience possible.
  • The highly qualified staff at Dental Land will walk you through the process so that you understand every step of your treatment plan.

Our dentist is an expert in aligning and straightening teeth considering that she uses orthodontic treatments to correct jaw imperfections, malocclusion, crooked teeth, overbites, and underbites. So Dr. Yarahmadi is not only about enhancing or correcting a smile, but she also improves your dental health.

Dental Land offers orthodontic services for adults, teens, and children, including invisible braces, clear braces, and traditional metal braces. Also, we offer Invisalign clear aligners. Finally, children and adults can achieve excellent orthodontic results to straighten teeth with early evaluation and diagnosis.

Book an appointment, and we will develop a treatment plan just for you. Because at Dental Land in Summerhill, we treat adults and children with a full range of orthodontic solutions.

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Dental Land is your convenient choice for orthodontics in Summerhill, Toronto. We are here for you. With our on-site orthodontic team, you can receive all dental services under one roof.

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