Teeth-Straightening Solutions From The Teenage Years And Beyond
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A variety of orthodontic solutions exist to cater to diverse smiles across all ages, from teens to adults in the family. While enhancing your smile’s appearance is a joy for us, orthodontic care also significantly benefits your oral health. Poorly aligned teeth and an uneven bite can lead to cleaning challenges, discomfort, and sometimes pain. Through orthodontic treatment, these problems can be addressed effectively, often in as short as 6 months
How do I know if I need orthodontics?
You might benefit from orthodontic treatment if you have experienced any of the following problems:
- Overbite – when your upper teeth sit too far forward.
- Spacing – gaps or spaces between the teeth.
- Underbite – when your lower teeth sit too far forward.
- Crowding – when teeth are overlapping or impossible to floss.
- Cross-bite – a bite that doesn’t mesh comfortably.
- Pain – Chronic headaches, jaw pain, or upper back and neck pain.
Orthodontic Treatment: Your Options
There are many different treatment options available depending on your personal needs and your budget. Here are a few of the options that may be available:
When the term ‘braces’ comes to mind, many envision the traditional, conspicuous metal brackets and wires. However, contemporary dental braces have evolved to be smaller, more discreet, yet equally effective as their larger predecessors. These modern braces are simpler to maintain and offer enhanced comfort.
For those interested in traditional brackets, we provide clear options that are particularly favoured by our adult clients. These clear brackets are crafted to merge the effectiveness of standard orthodontics with subtlety. They are so inconspicuous that, at a casual glance, it’s unlikely anyone will notice you’re wearing braces.
Transparent aligners, like Invisalign, have quickly become a popular choice. These are a set of tailor-made, clear trays designed to progressively move your teeth to their perfect alignment. They fit snugly and accurately and offer the convenience of being removable for eating, regular brushing and flossing, or for special events such as important meetings or significant dates.
The cost of orthodontic treatment in Mississauga
With a typical insurance plan, Orthodontic treatment usually averages between $3000 and $5000+ out-of-pocket. After an oral exam, we would be happy to provide you with an accurate quote so you can find out how much your insurance plan will cover and what your actual out-of-pocket expenses would be. Without insurance, orthodontic treatment typically costs about $4000 to $6000+.
How do we actually determine the cost of your orthodontic treatment and why does it seem so expensive?
- The current condition of your oral health including teeth and gums.
- How much your teeth need to move.
- The kind of orthodontic treatment you choose.
- The length of your treatment.
When considering the cost of orthodontics, there are a few things to consider:
Because every smile is so different, the only way to find out which treatment is the best solution for you and how much it will cost you out of pocket is to come in for a consultation. Tell us your personal goals for your smile, let us examine your teeth and we will tailor a personalized treatment plan that will accomplish your wants and needs.
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To schedule an orthodontic consultation & exam.
Before recommending orthodontic treatment, a comprehensive dental exam is necessary to assess your tooth alignment and overall oral health, and to identify any urgent issues that require treatment before beginning your teeth straightening journey.
Frequently Asked Questions
It’s optimal to begin orthodontic treatment in younger patients before the majority of adult teeth have emerged. For parents, we suggest scheduling a consultation for your teenager. However, if you’re an adult, don’t fret! There are also orthodontic treatments available for you. It’s never too late to start.
When braces are initially applied, they don’t cause pain. As they start to move your teeth, you might experience some discomfort, which is often described as more of an annoyance than actual pain. However, if you do feel any pain or discomfort, please inform us! We have options available to ensure your treatment is as comfortable as possible.
Steer clear of foods that could harm your braces, such as candy apples, caramel, or corn on the cob, as well as those that are challenging to clean from braces, like gum and popcorn. Additionally, it’s advisable to limit sugary or acidic foods, as they are harder to clean off your teeth than usual. Be mindful that clear braces can get stained by certain foods, including beets, curry, and Kraft Dinner.
Call us right away! Don’t wait until your next appointment.
Floss threaders and super floss are available and specially designed for flossing your braces or permanent retainers. We’d be happy to show you how to floss your braces at your next appointment.
For minor adjustments, orthodontic treatment may last as briefly as 6 months. However, for most patients, braces are typically worn for a period ranging from 6 months to 2 years. A more precise timeframe can be provided following an oral examination.