Orthodontics & Invisalign® Treatment

You can get that beautiful, straighter smile!

What Orthodontics and Invisalign Can Do for Your Smile

The family-own dental practice of Taunton Village Dental in Oshawa offers complete orthodontics and restorative dentistry that will have you smiling from ear to ear!

The office is open seven days a week with early morning, late evening, and weekend appointments available so you will always have convenience with your dental care. Treatment options for orthodontics include Invisalign, traditional metal braces, clear braces, braces put behind the teeth, so they are hidden (lingual braces), temporary anchoring devices, and retainers. We serve both children and adults in their orthodontic needs.

Here is more information about our orthodontic options and treatments.

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Here is more information about our orthodontic options and treatments.

Children and Orthodontics

Children and youth make up the biggest group for orthodontics as it's best to deal with dental issues early in life for the best results at the least expense. Parents should bring in a child to be evaluated for possible orthodontic problems around age 7 after their permanent teeth start coming in.

Do children benefit from an early orthodontic evaluation?

We won't recommend treatment at this young age but like to give your child a full evaluation and monitor how permanent teeth are coming in so treatment can begin as soon as possible if there is a problem. This is the most effective way to handle orthodontic problems and will cost you less money over time.

Why do you pick age 7 for a child's first evaluation?

A lot is going on in the mouth by age 7. The child has a back bite because their adult molars come in. This is a good time for an orthodontist to look at how teeth are affecting each other both front-to-back and side-to-side. They can see if teeth are crowding out each other if there is an overbite, an open bite, or other problems.

Are there benefits in early treatment?

Yes, children benefit greatly from interceptive treatments early on. Some of those benefits are:

  • Eliminating crowded teeth that could otherwise lead to cavities and other dental issues.
  • Influencing jaw growth which created facial symmetry as the child grows.
  • Fixing bite issues that could lead to cheek or tongue biting while chewing.
  • Fixing protruding front teeth more easily before they are set.
  • Reducing the risk for tooth removal later in life.
  • Reducing orthodontic treatment time, meaning less time in braces.
  • Creating a great smile that gives your child more confidence.

 

Adult Options in Orthodontics

You Aren't Too Old for a Great Smile

Adults are growing to be a large patient base for orthodontics. While they may not have been able to get treatments to straighten teeth young, we know that it is never too late to fix ongoing problems. There are several options for those with healthy gums and bone structures. We offer options many adults find work well for their life and status including Invisalign clear aligners, hidden braces, translucent braces, and traditional metal braces.

Why Do It Now?

Why not? A straighter smile that orthodontics can provide will improve your appearance and build your self-esteem. It will also improve your mouth health, including your gums and teeth. Crooked teeth bring on a host of dental problems including tooth decay and gum loss. They can also contribute to jaw joint pain and bone loss.

New technology has provided many options to make orthodontics more convenient and less painful for adults. You won't have as many visits as you would have years ago and new appliances shorten treatment time. There are many options in all types of price ranges that make your treatment less visible to others too so your privacy is protected.

What Happens During My First Visit?

We will take X-rays and look at your teeth to lay out the best treatment option for you. This includes developing a treatment plan along with the expected time for treatment and the cost.

You can have that winning smile sooner than you think!

Appliances We Offer

We offer many fixed appliances for orthodontics including translucent, hidden, and metal braces. These are recommended for those with a complex treatment plan because they are the most effective type of treatment.

How Long Do Braces Take to Work?

Every person is different, so treatment time also varies. A lot of how treatment time is configured depends on the severity of the case. Most traditional orthodontic treatments last from 1 to 3 years.

Will I need to visit the orthodontist a lot?

Most treatments call for a visit every one to three months but it depends on your treatment plan. You must make regular visits to the orthodontist to adjust the tension on your braces to move your teeth into the proper position.

Traditional Braces

Metal braces have been around forever and are the most affordable, reliable, and popular treatment.

Braces are cemented to the teeth's front side and are connected by a wire held in place by rubber elastics. The rubber bands can be clear or come in colors to provide some decorative fun.

Translucent Braces

These types of braces are a cousin to the metal braces in that they are constructed and applied the same way. The difference is that we use a clear bracket instead of a metal one so the appliance looks better when you smile. They are still connected by a metal wire, so they do the same thing metal braces do. The only disadvantage of this appliance is they tend to break more easily than their metal counterparts so you must be cautious in caring for them. That means you can't eat overly hard foods.

Hidden Braces

The formal name for this appliance is Harmony Lingual Braces. They are metal braces, like traditional braces, but are attached to the back of the teeth rather than the front. This means no one can see them. There are some disadvantages to this option including the fact they make it harder to speak well, can get in the way of eating, can damage the tongue, and are challenging to get accustomed to wearing. They are also much more expensive than most other options.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a great option for both teens and adults who don't want everyone to see they are having orthodontic work done. Rather than using the highly visible wires and brackets, Invisalign uses clear aligners. They are customized, removable, and mostly undetectable. This option can be more expensive than other options and could mean a longer treatment plan but is the right choice for those who want to look good in pictures and don't want anyone to know about their treatment.

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