Orthodontics & Orthopedics in Hamilton, Ontario

Orthodontic treatment helps to correct crooked teeth and poorly positioned jaws. Crooked teeth are more difficult to properly clean, which can increase the risk of decay and gum disease. This can also place stress on your jaw muscles and cause TMJ symptoms such as headaches and pain in your jaw, neck, and shoulders. However, probably the biggest drawback of crooked teeth is that it ruins your smile's beauty.
 
Orthodontic treatment can effectively correct misalignment and jaw positioning problems to give you a healthier and more attractive smile. The only way to know if you require orthodontic treatment is by visiting your dentist for a comprehensive examination. Your dentist will review your dental and medical history and examine your mouth with digital X-rays and photographs. Some common reasons that a person may require orthodontic treatment include:
 
  • Overbites - when the upper teeth extend too far out 
  • Underbites - when the lower teeth extend too far out 
  • Crossbites - when the upper teeth fail to come down over the lower teeth when biting down 
  • Openbites - when there is a space between the biting surfaces when you bite down 
  • Overcrowding - when there is a lack of space for teeth
  • Gaps and spacing between teeth 

The first step of orthodontic treatment is usually orthopedics, which involves using removable appliances to align your teeth into optimal alignment. These removable appliances can include aligners, removable retainers, removal space maintainers, jaw repositioning appliances, and headgear. The benefits of orthopedic treatment are that it can correct and prevent dental issues before they can become serious and more difficult to treat in the future. 
 
If required, the dentist may recommend orthodontic treatment which uses fixed appliances to place slight pressure on your teeth and jaws to move them into place. These fixed appliances often include invisivle braces that are bonded to the front of your teeth. The dentist tightens the archwire to put pressure on the teeth and move them into an optimal position. This gives the dentist greater control to create the perfect smile for you. During your treatment, you'll be required to visit the dentist every month for a readjustment. If you would like to enhance your smile's health and beauty, contact Dentistry on Queenston in Hamilton to schedule an appointment today.