Orthodontic treatment helps to correct “malocclusion,” when the teeth are not properly aligned. This misalignment can affect not only your appearance but your speech and your comfort in chewing. Whether the reason for malocclusion is hereditary or trauma, missing or extra teeth, or jaw issues, the good news from your Kitchener orthodontist is that we can correct the alignment. Many of our adult patients are astonished – and delighted – to know that we can straighten teeth at any age!
How Braces Work
Orthodontists realign teeth by exerting a gentle pressure on the teeth over time. The traditional way is by attaching brackets to the teeth and running arch wires from bracket to bracket. Modern orthodontists can make these brackets and wires less visible, by using transparent brackets and wires or, in some cases, attaching the brackets and wires behind the teeth.
Although orthodontic treatment can be effective at any age, some conditions may take longer to correct in adulthood. The American Association of Orthodontists
recommends that children be assessed for orthodontic needs before the age of 7.
Invisalign is an increasingly popular orthodontic treatment option, especially among adults. Clear, removable and practically invisible, these aligners are worn as a series of mouthpieces, very much like the mouthguards worn by athletes. When your teeth gradually shift and fit into the first of the series of aligners, you begin wearing the next one. We will customize your treatment program so that when you wear the last of the series of aligners, you will have the smile you always wanted.
Anyone whose permanent teeth have come in can be a candidate for Invisalign treatment. Teens and adults appreciate Invisalign because it is:
Used to treat a variety of orthodontic problems
Easy to brush and floss normally
Easily removed so you can eat and drink what you want
Comfortable to wear – no wires poking your cheek or gums
Visit Dentistry Plus for Invisalign in Kitchener-Waterloo, Brantford, Barrie, Toronto and Oshawa. Our orthodontist can help you find the orthodontic solution that’s right for you – it’s never too late! Call us
for your appointment