Orthodontics Without Jaw Surgery
Not everyone is blessed to have perfectly aligned teeth. On the contrary, very few people have straight teeth. So, be of good cheer, you are in good company! Millions of people desire to have the perfect smile. Now, you have the chance to have a straight smile since we offer orthodontics in Weston, Toronto, ON.
Decades ago, orthodontic treatment was only limited to teeth braces. However, advancements in orthodontic technology have made it possible for us to use different methods, including invisible braces, to correct orthodontic issues. With these options, you can say bye to malocclusion and other orthodontic problems without undergoing surgery that can deter you from enjoying your smile.
Orthodontics, In a Nutshell
Mostly, people have thought of orthodontics as an entirely cosmetic procedure. Therefore, some people may have ignored the importance of this branch of dentistry. But at the heart of orthodontics is ensuring that all our patients have a healthy and functional bite. Our dentist will ascertain whether you need treatment simply by looking at your tooth alignment and jaw’s position.
In other words, the primary aim is to ensure that your teeth line up as they should and function as they were designed to without causing pain. When the orthodontic issues are corrected, your smile will inevitably become attractive. The attractive smile is just an added advantage of the treatment.
Malocclusion and other orthodontic issues will not only affect your smile but your oral health. You may have increased jaw pain since your teeth are misaligned. This can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder. Cleaning your teeth can also be challenging if you have crooked teeth since there can be hard-to-reach areas leading to gum disease and tooth decay.
Do You Need Orthodontic Treatment?
Almost anyone is eligible to undergo orthodontic treatment. However, some patients might need orthodontic treatment more than others. So, if you are dealing with any of the following orthodontic problems, see our dentist:
- Open bite
- Misplaced midline
- Crowded teeth
- Spaced teeth
Different Types of Orthodontic Treatments
Whichever orthodontic appliance you decide to use, they all operate under the same principle. They are all designed to move teeth to a better position by applying gentle pressure.
As you already know, orthodontic treatment relies on oral devices. The devices will fall under two categories: removable and fixed appliances, and here they are:
- Traditional Metal Braces
Teeth braces have been used for many decades. However, they have evolved so much ever since they were invented. Now, they are much lighter, sturdier, and more effective than ever before. They are made from top-quality stainless steel.
They have metal brackets that are attached to your teeth. Then, there is an archwire that connects one bracket to the next. The wires are the ones that are adjusted to apply pressure to your teeth that they move to the new positions. They are the most effective in dealing with severe orthodontic cases.
However, most adults don’t find them aesthetically pleasing since they have metal wires. So, they tend to associate the treatment with children and teenagers.
- Lingual Braces
Lingual braces also operate as conventional braces. However, the main difference is that our dentist will fit them on your teeth’s inner surface. This is what makes them invisible, making them aesthetically pleasing for most people.
But remember that you can only use them to correct specific needs. For instance, if you wish to straighten only six teeth, they are the best option.
- Clear Braces
Clear braces are another amazing option for people who wish to straighten their teeth. They are quite similar to conventional or traditional braces, but the brackets are made from tooth-colored material. These braces are also known as ceramic braces.
- Clear Aligners
If you don’t fancy the thought of going for braces, you can opt for clear aligners. They are made from plastic and look like mouthguards. They come in customizable trays of clear aligners and are snug, comfortable, and discreet. One common type of clear aligner is Invisalign®.
- Self-Ligating Braces
These braces look like traditional braces. However, they are designed a bit differently. Traditional braces have elastics or o-rings that hold the wires to the brackets. But with self-ligating braces, the bracket holds the archwire in place by closing a spring-loaded door.
There are a plethora of solutions that you can choose from without surgery. Whether you don’t mind the wires or you are looking for an inconspicuous option, you are spoiled for choice. Contact us today at King and Weston Dental; if you wish to change your smile.