Fixing Your Bite with Orthodontics
Crooked teeth can impact your oral health beyond aesthetics. Orthodontics can help fix crowded teeth and teeth that stick out, which can impact your bite and the ability to keep them clean.
Orthodontics, like braces, is a great way to help your child or teenager achieve a healthy bite and proper alignment.
Our dentists at Hill Top Dental Centre are excited to get you started on your journey to a straighter, healthier smile.
Why Straightening Your Teeth Is Important
Your bite is how your top and bottom teeth come together when you chew or when your mouth is closed. If your teeth don’t fit together, it can be hard to chew some foods and can cause some wear on teeth that rub against each other.
Teeth that are crooked or stick out are more prone to being chipped or broken. Crooked teeth are harder to clean, which can also make them more susceptible to cavities and gum disease.
Fixing your teeth can improve your overall oral health and improve your bite.
Starting Your Treatment
We are proud to offer a metal braces treatment option to help deliver a healthy, aligned smile. Before beginning treatment, we’ll use a dental impression to get a clear understanding of your teeth and how our treatment can best serve them.
However, if your teeth are overcrowded, your dentist may want to remove a very crooked tooth to make more room for your other teeth.
How Braces Can Help You
Orthodontic services like braces are the process of realigning your teeth to better serve your bite and oral health.
Issues can stem from multiple sources, like wisdom teeth, genetics, or even behaviours like thumb sucking. When you get braces, we apply metal brackets on the surface of your teeth and connect them with a metal wire. We may also recommend using elastic bands to also help adjust your teeth over time.
Braces work by constantly putting gentle pressure on your teeth. Every couple weeks, we’ll have you come in for an adjustment where we tighten the wires and springs, and possibly provide you with more elastics.
How Long It Takes
The amount of time it takes to straighten your teeth depends on your situation. The more crooked your teeth are, the longer it may take to straighten them.
On average, most people wear braces for around 2 years. This number could increase or decrease depending on other factors, like age and the straightening technique being used.
Caring for Your Braces
Regular brushing and flossing are essential for everyday oral hygiene, but it is even more critical if you have braces.
Plaque can build up around the edges of braces. If it is not removed, permanent white or brown marks could appear on tooth enamel.
Brushing and flossing your teeth with braces takes a little bit longer because you have to brush your braces as well as the front, back, and chewing surfaces of your teeth. Our dental assistants will show you how to properly clean and care for your teeth and braces.
Ready for Straighter Teeth?
Straighter teeth can make you more comfortable and prevent issues like cavities and gum disease down the road.
You’re never too old for orthodontic treatment. Get started today by speaking with one of our friendly dentists, who will guide you through your options.