Orthodontics Dental Clinics, Toronto Orthodontic Specialist
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics—formally orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics—is the specialty of dentistry concerned with the study and treatment of malocclusion/improper bites which may be a result of tooth irregularity, disproportionate jaw relationships, or both. Orthodontic treatment can focus on dental displacement or can address the control and modification of facial growth.
The most common reasons patients seek orthodontic treatment are to address:
Besides straighter teeth, what is another reason to consider orthodontic treatment?
Studies show malocclusions/bad bites can cause problems beyond aesthetics. Breathing problems, headaches, ear aches, ear infections and mouth breathing, as well as serious disorders such as TMD or TMJ can be attributed to bad bites. Fortunately, a lot of these symptoms clear up after undergoing the required treatment. Orthodontic treatment isn’t just about improving your smile, it is about improving your bite/teeth so your mouth and jaws can work in harmony. Once your bite is corrected, you can eat much more comfortably, take care of your teeth and gums more easily and of course your smile will benefit!
What treatment options are there?
Basic orthodontic treatments like braces and palatal or jaw expanders can help solve the problem of misaligned and overcrowded teeth. Some more advanced procedures such as functional jaw orthopedic treatments make complicated orthodontic treatments unnecessary. Functional jaw orthopedic science can be applied early in childhood as the jaw and teeth develop to prevent future issues.
Although orthodontic treatment is generally preferable in children, adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment as well, especially considering new technologies like Invisalign.