Do I Need Orthodontic Treatment?

December 23, 2013 | Posted in Education

Orthodontics or braces aren’t just for kids anymore.  More and more adults are choosing to have orthodontic treatment done.  It isn’t just about the perfect Hollywood smile but can be about improving oral health.

Teeth can be crowded or crooked or rotated which can cause many problems in the mouth.  When teeth aren’t straight, it makes them harder to keep clean.  Poor oral hygiene leads to more cavities and gum disease, which may lead to tooth loss.  Misaligned teeth can also cause abnormal wear on the teeth and added pressure to the gums, which again may lead to tooth loss.   Added stress on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) from improper alignment of teeth as they bite together may cause headaches and pain in the TMJ. 

Modern orthodontics has changed.  There are more options than “metal train tracks”.  Brackets can be tooth coloured or brackets can be replaced with clear removable appliances. 

Make an appointment today to discuss your options with your dentist at the Rideau Dental Centre.  Call us at 613-230-7475.  Have a safe and happy holiday! Merry Christmas!