Orthodontic Treatments for Teens and Adults
Are you embarrassed about your crooked teeth? If so, then straightening your teeth can help you to feel much more confident in the appearance of your smile. But the benefits of orthodontic treatment don’t stop at cosmetic; realigning your teeth can also have a positive impact on your oral health. This is because crooked teeth readily trap dental plaque bacteria, increasing their risk of developing decay and gum disease. Additionally, optimal tooth alignment can help you enjoy a more balanced and comfortable bite.
We offer multiple orthodontic treatment options for everyone in the family. Whether you want to straighten your own teeth or help your child enjoy a healthier smile, you can count on us to help you find the perfect solution.
Do you need orthodontic treatment?
Here are some of the most common issues that can be treated with braces or clear aligners:
- Overbite – When your upper front teeth jut too far forward over your lower teeth.
- Underbite – When your lower front teeth jut out past your upper front teeth.
- Gaps – Unusually wide spaces between neighbouring teeth which tend to trap food debris.
- Crowding – When your teeth are so tightly packed together that they overlap each other.
- Rotated teeth – Individual teeth are twisted out of healthy alignment.
- Crossbite – Anytime one or more opposing teeth don’t fit together in proper alignment when you bite down.
- Chronic pain – A sore jaw or frequent headaches or pains in your neck or back can sometimes signal bite that needs realignment.
Orthodontic Treatment: Your Options
Three are three primary treatment options available for straightening teeth. We will recommend one of these for you or your child depending on your personal preferences, treatment needs, and budget.
Modern braces made of metal brackets and wires are a reliable staple in orthodontic treatment, as they can usually deliver successful results for almost everyone. Although metal braces have a reputation for being bulky and unattractive, today’s braces are much more subtle and comfortable than their predecessors.
Clear brackets, also sometimes called “clear braces,” are a popular choice for teens and adults who wish to hide the fact that they are wearing braces. Clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires blend in well with natural tooth colour and won’t be quickly noticeable when you smile.
A set of removable clear aligners like Invisalign can help you straighten your teeth without wearing brackets and wires. You simply wear the snug-fitting custom trays at all times, except when it’s time to eat a meal or clean your teeth. Clear aligners are convenient, discreet, and comfortable because they are removable, so they will integrate smoothly into your normal daily routine. They also make it easy to get other treatment like dental fillings done, if the need arises over the course of your orthodontic treatment.
The Cost of Orthodontic Treatment in Mississauga
Orthodontic treatment may cost you anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000, if you have insurance. Without insurance, that range goes up to $4,000 to $6,000.
Why does orthodontic treatment seem to cost so much?
It’s a very time- and technique-sensitive aspect of dentistry, so the treatment provider has to be well-educated in the intricate science of tooth movement. There’s much more to orthodontic treatment than simply wrapping a wire around the teeth.
Additionally, the materials and technology used to plan treatment and move teeth are quite costly.
Finally, each orthodontic treatment plan is as unique as each individual patient. Your journey to straighter teeth will look different from that of any other orthodontic patient because there are several variable factors that come into play.
Factors that affect the cost of your orthodontic treatment:
- The type of orthodontic treatment you prefer
- The severity of your tooth alignment issues
- The health of your teeth and gums
- The length of your treatment
The best way to get a close estimate of what it will cost you to straighten your teeth is to visit us for a consultation. We’ll listen to your concerns about your oral health and the appearance of your smile, the dentist will take a close look at your teeth, and then we will recommend a treatment plan that takes all factors into consideration.
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to schedule an orthodontic consultation & exam.
We need to take a good look at your tooth alignment and oral health before we can recommend an orthodontic treatment solution. A comprehensive exam allows us to get a complete picture of your dental health and find out if there are any problems that need urgent treatment before you begin your teeth straightening journey.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can straighten your teeth at any age. But in general, orthodontic treatment is best started during the early teen or preteen years. This is the point when kids’ teeth have all come in. Plus, the bone tissue in young jawbones is highly dynamic, and this allows their teeth to move quickly.
No, there’s nothing painful about getting braces. The brackets and wires are placed in a non-invasive procedure and there’s no need for any injections or drilling. It is normal to experience a bit of discomfort when the braces start working, however. Your teeth will definitely feel the pressure, but they need to if they are going to start moving and the discomfort will fade as your teeth adjust to their new positions. Most patients describe this sensation as simply an annoying dull ache. Before you start your treatment, we will let you know what you can do to avoid and soothe this discomfort.
Avoid foods that are sticky, hard, crunchy, or very chewy. This means staying away from candy apples, caramel, corn-on-the-cob, popcorn, bubble gum, gummy candy, and crunchy chips or taco shells. It’s also a good idea to avoid foods with dyes or strong pigments while you’re having clear aligner treatment as the leftover pigments can stain your aligner trays. And as always, keep the sugary and acidic foods to a minimum so that your teeth stay cavity-free throughout the course of your treatment.
If you have a broken wire or loose bracket or if you have damaged or lost a clear aligner tray, then call us immediately. We will let you know whether you should come in right away or if there is something else you can do to remedy the situation until your next checkup.
Using regular floss around braces might seem impossible. But don’t worry—we will give you suggestions for special tools, techniques, and tricks you can try to keep your teeth clean during your orthodontic treatment. Things like floss threaders and super floss can make the job much easier!
Your treatment time will depend on the complexity of your unique orthodontic case. If you don’t need to move your teeth too much, then your treatment may be done in as little as six months. But if you need to bring multiple teeth into better alignment, then you could be wearing braces or clear aligners for up to two years. When you visit us for an oral exam, we’ll be able to give you an estimate of your treatment time.