Orthodontic Treatment

What is Orthodontic Treatment?

Orthodontic treatment is a type of dental care that is used to straighten teeth and improve the bite. It is typically recommended for people who have crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth. Orthodontic treatment can also be used to correct a misaligned bite, which can cause problems with chewing, speaking, and breathing.

There are a number of different types of orthodontic appliances that can be used to straighten teeth. The most common type of appliance is braces, which are made up of metal brackets and wires that are attached to the teeth. Other types of orthodontic appliances include clear aligners (such as invisalign), which are made of a clear plastic that fits over the teeth, and retainers, which are worn after orthodontic treatment to keep the teeth in place.

Orthodontic treatment can take anywhere from a few months to a few years, depending on the severity of the problem. During treatment, it is important to follow the orthodontist’s instructions carefully. This includes wearing the appliances as directed and keeping regular appointments.

Why See a General Dentist Before Orthodontic Treatment

There are a number of reasons why it is important to see a general dentist before you begin orthodontic treatment.

  1. To evaluate your overall oral health. The dentist will look for any cavities, gum disease, or other dental problems that need to be addressed before you begin orthodontic treatment.
  2. To make sure that you are a good candidate for orthodontic treatment. Not everyone is a good candidate for orthodontic treatment. The dentist will assess your age, the severity of your malocclusion, and your overall health to determine if orthodontic treatment is right for you.
  3. To get a referral to an orthodontist. If the dentist determines that you are a good candidate for orthodontic treatment, they will refer you to an orthodontist. Confidental Dentistry has close relationships with good orthodontists in the Secret Harbour area and are happy to provide you with a referral.

Orthodontic treatment can help to improve your smile and your overall oral health. If you are interested in learning more about orthodontic treatment, please contact our dental clinic. We would be happy to answer any questions you have and help you find the right orthodontist for your needs.

After your consultation, your general dentist will be able to tell you if you are a good candidate for orthodontic treatment and recommend the best course of treatment for you.