01 Jul Show Off The Cosmetic Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment
Orthodontic treatment is typically associated with improving the function of the teeth and creating a healthy bite, but it can also have cosmetic benefits. Some patients choose to undergo orthodontic treatment for aesthetic reasons, and our Whitby orthodontists – Dr. Singer and Dr. Shapiro can explain the cosmetic perks.
What are some cosmetic reasons people choose orthodontic treatment?
Malocclusion is a term used to describe any irregularity in the way the teeth are positioned or aligned. This can include issues such as impacted teeth, crowded or crooked teeth, and teeth with gaps or too much space between them. These irregularities can cause pain and damage to oral health, as well as aesthetic concerns that can affect confidence and self-esteem. Improper positioning of the teeth can also make brushing and flossing more difficult, leading to tooth discolouration, cavities, decay, gum disease, and in severe cases, bone loss.
Orthodontic treatment, including braces and clear aligners, can help straighten teeth and resolve orthodontic issues. These treatments can also reduce the risk of gum disease, cavities, and other conditions that can affect the appearance of the smile in the long term. Many orthodontic treatment options are low-profile and discreet, so the average observer may not even realize they are being worn.
At Taunton Orthodontics, we focus on providing holistic, non-invasive orthodontic treatment that aims to establish an overall balance for dentofacial health. While orthodontics is a dental specialty recognized by the Canadian Dental Association, cosmetic dentistry is not. We do not offer cosmetic dental services, but many dentists do offer treatments such as bonding or veneers. If you are interested in these types of treatments, we recommend speaking with your dentist to see if you are a candidate.
Options for Orthodontic Treatment
If you are feeling self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth, you are not alone. Many people, including adults, come to Taunton Orthodontics with the same concern, asking how we can help improve the appearance of their teeth.
The best approach for you will depend on your specific orthodontic issue, but there are several options that your orthodontist may recommend. These may include:
- Conventional metal braces
- Translucent (ceramic) braces
- Coloured braces (to match your style)
- Invisalign clear aligners
Your orthodontist can provide more information about the pros and cons of each option, explain what you can expect during treatment, and help you decide on the best course of action based on your lifestyle, needs, and other factors.
What about orthodontics for kids and teens?
As children grow older and become more self-conscious about their appearance, it may be helpful to emphasize the cosmetic benefits of orthodontic treatment when trying to get them on board. At Taunton Orthodontics, we take a preventive approach to orthodontic treatment for children between the ages of 6 and 11. During this time, the jaw is still developing, and we can often guide healthy development by addressing orthodontic issues early. Early detection and proactive intervention are important for long-term oral health and a straighter smile in the future.
Depending on the specific orthodontic issue, our orthodontists may recommend palatal expansion to widen the upper jaw and reduce problems with teeth crowding, crossbite, and other issues. Dental orthodontic treatment for kids may include braces, Invisalign First, or a retainer or dental appliance recommended by one of our orthodontists in Whitby.
By age 12, most or all of a child’s permanent teeth have usually emerged and are in place. If your teenager’s speech, confidence, or other aspects of their life are affected by orthodontic issues, this can be a good time to start addressing them with orthodontic treatment. While orthodontic treatment supports long-term oral health, it can also positively impact a teenager’s self-image and self-confidence, improving the appearance of their smile while correcting bite issues and shifting the alignment of their teeth.
There is no such thing as cosmetic dentistry for kids, but there are still cosmetic reasons that many teenagers choose to invest their time in straightening their teeth with braces, Invisalign Teen, or other orthodontic treatment options.
At Taunton Orthodontics, we understand that each patient’s needs and concerns are unique, and we are here to guide you through the orthodontic care process and explain what you can expect.
Whether you are an adult considering orthodontic treatment or a parent thinking about dental orthodontics for kids or teens, we are happy to discuss your options and find a way to meet your needs.