Orthodontic consultations are free at Galt Dental Care
Dental problems that can be treated with orthodontics:
- Open bite (top and bottom
- front teeth do not come together)
- Deep bite
- Traumatic bite
- Flared teeth
- Rotated teeth
- Crooked teeth
Braces are an effective long-term solution to straightening your teeth and correcting your bite. Orthodontics focus on aligning and straightening teeth using wires and brackets that apply force to the teeth to move them into a healthy position. The technology has advanced over decades and today treatment is a lot shorter and more comfortable than it was in the past.
Patients who have problems with their bite and the way their top and bottom teeth line up against each other should consider having orthodontic treatment. Treatment does require good oral hygiene habits by the patient and regular visits to the dentist for check-ups and adjustments. Depending on the extent of the alignment required with your teeth, treatment can take from several months to a couple years with reliable results. Slight shifting of the teeth once orthodontic treatment is finished is normal so a retainer is needed to keep the teeth in their new position. Your dentist will recommend the best retainer option for you and the cost is included in your treatment.
The main benefit of having orthodontic treatment is that straighter teeth are healthier teeth. When your bite is properly aligned and your teeth are straightened, there are less gaps and areas for food to get trapped and plaque to build up on the teeth, causing decay. In that sense, braces are an overall wonderful long term investment.