The 5 Ws of Orthodontics

- Orthodontic Health Month: Week 1 -



Week 1 of Orthodontic Health Month has come to an end, and so far we have covered the basics! The term "Orthodontist" is a familiar term for most people, but breaking down the 5 Ws of Orthodontics created a solid base of information for those out there who don't know what an Orthodontist actually does! If that sounds like you, check this out:


What is Orthodontics?

According to the Canadian Dental Association, Orthodontics can be described as "straightening your teeth so they look and work better. Braces or other appliances are used to put gentle pressure on your teeth. Over a number of months or years this pressure can move your teeth into the right position."


Who Can Get Orthodontic Treatment?

Orthodontics is a very inclusive specialty! Contrary to popular belief, our patients include people of all ages!

Dental health is one of the few factors that may prevent a patient from being eligible for orthodontics. In some cases, it is too much of a risk to try and move someone's teeth if their teeth and/or gums are not healthy enough!


When Should My Child See an Orthodontist?

8 Years old!

Far too often we have patients come in for the first time in their teens or pre-teens. In many cases, due to a lack of preventative steps, their treatment is now more complex, more timely and more costly.


Seeing patients at a young age allows us to determine if early intervention can prevent complicated treatment later on.


Why Consider Orthodontics?

There are many benefits to seeking orthodontic treatment, these include:

  • Esthetics - If you are not happy with the look of your smile, orthodontics may help

  • Oral Hygiene - Straight teeth are easier to clean than crooked or crowded teeth

  • Dental Health: Misaligned teeth and/or a mismatched bite can make it hard to chew, and in some cases cause damage to your teeth and the surrounding tissue.


Where/How do I start?

The first step to your orthodontic journey is to book a complimentary consultation with us! This can be done by:

You can also ask for a referral from your dentist, but it is not necessary!


Now that we've covered the basics, next week we will be getting more in depth about What to Look For when considering Orthodontic treatment.

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