Orthodontics

Straightening your smile with braces, metal wires, or brackets.

Everyone wants the perfect smile. It just doesn’t always come naturally for everyone.

Orthodontic treatment is the process through which fixed appliances are used to straighten crooked teeth, close gaps and spaces, or correct a misaligned bite.

The most common form of orthodontics is braces. Brackets are bonded to the front of each tooth and attached to bands that wrap around each tooth to serve as an anchor. An arch wire is then attached to the brackets on each row of teeth. Tightening the arch wires uses gentle pressure to gradually move each tooth into the proper position. The process, the length of which varies from patient to patient, requires adjustments about once every month.

Are orthodontics for me?

Whether your teeth require minor improvements or are in need of extensive adjustments, orthodontics can improve your smile and overall oral health.

For both teenagers and adults, orthodontics can address overly crowded or widely spaced teeth, overbites, underbites, and even crossbites. These issues can seem cosmetic on the surface, but they also impact functionality, affecting your ability to comfortable bite, chew, and speak.

Once the braces have been removed, patients will be required to wear removable retainers to maintain the new alignment of their teeth.

Orthodontics are offered at the Waterloo office.


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