Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry specializing in diagnosing, preventing, and treating dental and facial irregularities. The goal of orthodontic treatment is to create a healthy, attractive smile and proper alignment of the teeth and jaws to improve facial aesthetics and provide better function. This is usually achieved through braces, retainers, and other corrective appliances.
Orthodontists also provide guidance on caring for the teeth and gums and advice on proper diet and nutrition. Orthodontic treatment is a long-term investment in the health of your teeth and gums and can help you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile for years to come.
This treatment utilizes brackets and wires to shift teeth into the correct position gradually and is often used for aesthetic and functional purposes. The duration of treatment can vary from patient to patient but usually lasts between one and three years. Regular visits to the orthodontist are necessary to monitor the treatment progress. The patient will need to wear a retainer after the braces are removed to maintain the corrected positioning.
Dental retainers are orthodontic appliances used to maintain the position of teeth after braces have been removed. They come in two primary forms, removable and fixed. Removable retainers are more common and worn each day for a designated amount of time, allowing oral hygiene to be maintained. Fixed retainers are less common and are cemented to the back of the teeth, making them less visible.
Dental clear aligners are an increasingly popular form of orthodontic treatment. Unlike traditional braces, these custom-made aligners are nearly invisible to the naked eye, making them an excellent solution for those who want to address their orthodontic issues without feeling self-conscious. As the aligners are removable, they offer greater freedom than traditional braces and allow for easier cleaning. They are best suited to correcting mild to moderate orthodontic issues and can be tailored to suit the individual’s needs.
Sheppard Centre Dental offers orthodontic services to help individuals achieve a beautiful, healthy smile. Our highly trained orthodontists specialize in corrective treatments such as braces and clear aligners. Book today to consult our North York dentists.