Align your smile with orthodontics

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					Align your smile
with orthodontics.
                                                                                                                                        See your

Orthodontic treatment could help your teeth
and jaws look and function better.
Orthodontics is the diagnosis, prevention        An orthodontic examination by your dentist      Steady, gentle pressure is applied on each
and treatment of dental and facial               or orthodontist at an early age may help        tooth to carefully move it to the desired
irregularities. The goal of orthodontic          to detect orthodontic problems, and if          position. This is done using braces
treatment is to properly align the teeth, lips   appropriate, treatment could be initiated       (consisting of metal or clear brackets and
and jaws to create a balanced, pleasing          to prevent more serious problems from           wires) or removable appliances. During
facial appearance and ensure that the teeth      developing. By taking advantage of facial       the treatment, adjustments are periodically
and jaws are functioning normally.               growth and tooth eruption the severity of       made to control and maintain the pressure
                                                 the problem can be reduced. This can make       required to continue the movement of the
A beautiful smile is just one of                 the completion of treatment at a later age      teeth. How long does orthodontic treatment
the benefits of orthodontic treatment             less complicated and less costly. Results can   take? No two orthodontic patients require
Straight teeth simply function better, are       be achieved that would be unattainable if       the exact same treatment. Treatment can
easier to clean, and provide for increased       the face and jaw had finished growing            take anywhere from six to thirty months
confidence and self-esteem. A bad bite            prior to treatment.                             or longer depending on the severity of the
(malocclusion) left untreated may contribute                                                     problem, the age of the patient, and the
to conditions that cause:                        Adult Orthodontics — you’re never               amount of movement that is required.
• tooth decay                                    too old to look your best
• gum disease                                    People think that orthodontic treatment         If you have any concerns,
• early loss of teeth                            is usually associated with adolescence.         talk to your dentist
• mouth breathing                                But, today one in four orthodontic patients     or orthodontist.
• jaw joint problems                             is an adult. Improving an adult’s smile and     We care about you
• fracture or loss of protruding teeth           bite depends on the health of the teeth,        and your teeth.
• jaws and teeth that do not meet properly       gums, and supporting bone, not age. The
   during chewing and swallowing                 biologic process involved in tooth movement
• improper speech development                    is the same in adults and children. There are
• poor self-image                                some changes that cannot be achieved with
                                                 braces alone because the facial bones in
Some malocclusions can be                        adults have finished growing. In many
treated by your dentist, others                  such cases a combined approach of
may require treatment by                         surgery and orthodontics can lead to very
an orthodontic specialist.                       dramatic improvements.

                                                 How does orthodontic
Early prevention                                 treatment work?
                                                                                                 This information courtesy of your Manitoba Dentist

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