Orthodontics is the treatment of irregularities in the teeth and jaws. It especially pertains to problems with alignment and occlusion. Orthodontics is truly a specialized branch of dentistry. However there are many misconceptions about treatment and its appliances. At York Mills Orthodontics, we are happy to bust a few of these myths!
10 Tips for Living with Braces!
The truth is that life with braces is different, but it doesn’t have to be difficult! At York Mills Orthodontics we are here to help make your treatment as seamless and as comfortable as possible, while giving you the results you want! Like any major change, the process will be easier as you go along. We’ve got some tips to make your new lifestyle as easy as possible from our friends at the Canadian Association of Orthodontists:
Most commonly, patients seek orthodontic treatment for “crowding” or “crooked teeth”. During the consultation process, they are surprised to hear terms such as “deep bite” or “overbite” corrections. A deep bite is a type of malocclusion where there upper front teeth excessively overlap the bottom teeth (when the jaw is closed). A deep bite can be an aesthetic concern for some patients, however its presence means that there are other problems that should be addressed as well.
When it comes to your orthodontic treatment, we will always advise diligent and routine oral care. It is essential to clean your teeth multiple times a day, especially with an orthodontic appliance in your mouth. We understand that you are busy and on the go with school, work and other activities. Sometimes it may not always be possible to freshen up the way you do at home. At York Mills Orthodontics, we have a few helpful tips to freshen up on the go!
Your teeth are a part of your everyday life. You use them to chew, talk, bite and smile. Unless your teeth are causing you trouble, you probably don’t give them too much thought. Your teeth are special and there are many facts people don’t know about them. At York Mills Orthodontics, we’d love expand your knowledge and share some facts about your teeth. You’ll be surprised what you can learn!
You might think braces are only for kids. The truth is an attractive smile is important at any age! No matter how old you are, misaligned or crowded teeth can be a problem for your oral health. If you missed the opportunity to have orthodontic treatment as a child, it is never too late to achieve the beautiful healthy smile that you deserve. You can still have a successful orthodontic treatment today!
Why Do Teeth Shift?
Did you know that your teeth could change positions after adolescence? Tooth movement or shifting is an issue that can affect you throughout life. Having straight teeth now doesn’t prevent you from problems with crooked or crowded teeth developing later on. If you think your teeth have changed position or shifted, it is best to speak with an orthodontist to prevent further problems from arising.
Traditional metal braces though effective at straightening teeth are not for everyone. For people who have active lifestyles, including playing ice hockey or soccer, metal braces can be a bit difficult to maintain and may pose problems especially during rough play with contact sports.
Do you think having straight teeth is important? According to a study done in 2016, eight out of ten American adults believe that there is some value in having straight teeth. The study also showed that 80 percent of patients who had orthodontic treatment felt that straightening their teeth had a significant impact on their lives. Based on the research, the primary motivation for correcting crooked teeth and bite problems is to boost one’s self-esteem and enhance an overall appearance.
Did you know that there are numerous ways to classify Malocclusions (bites)? The most common method is known as the Angle Classification. Today, we will share with you some details about the classifications of malocclusions according to Edward H. Angle. This will help provide some details for classifying your orthodontic case.