Orthodontic Treatment Improves Your Bite

One purpose of orthodontic treatment is to improve a bad bite. A bad bite, or malocclusion, is when the bottom teeth and upper teeth don’t line up properly. It can be genetic or the result of an extended period of thumb sucking.

The Canadian Dental Association says a bad bite can:

  • Make it hard to chew
  • Cause your teeth to wear down unevenly
  • Lead to muscle strain in your jaw
  • Cause teeth that stick out to chip or break
  • Increase your risk of gum disease and cavities due to crooked or crowded teeth

Braces are able to realign teeth by applying gentle, constant pressure. They can help prevent the maladies listed above.

We Offer Both Traditional & Clear Braces For Your Smile Improvement

If you’re interested in clear aligners that are removable and more discreet than traditional metal braces and brackets, we have many choices:

  • Invisalign
  • Smart Moves
  • K-Line clear aligners (short-term only)

If the misalignment of your bite is mild or your need for braces is more cosmetic, any of these choices may be recommended as a short-term orthodontic option.

Our dentists can also treat patients with traditional metal braces. We offer stainless-steel wires and a titanium-nickel blend called nitinol. Nitinol wires remember being straight, so when they’re curved around your teeth, they’re constantly trying to return to a straight line. This action creates pressure on your teeth that nudges them into straighter positions.

If you’re concerned about the appearance of metal wires in your smile, you can choose braces that are tooth-coloured and less obvious.

Both Children & Adults Can Get Straighter Teeth

We generally fit patients with braces between the ages of 10 and 14, but we can also assist adult patients who need braces.

If you think your child needs braces, we can conduct an orthodontic exam and discuss how your child’s teeth are coming in. We may also be able to address early issues through orthodontic therapies. Our dentists in Winnipeg, MB will be able to explain your child’s options to you.

You’ll still brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. We’ll teach you how to floss your teeth with braces. It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene while wearing braces so your teeth don’t stain and are healthier at the end of your treatment.

Make the first move toward straighter teeth with your choice of orthodontics in Winnipeg, MB. Call Lakewood Dental Centre at 204-977-8515 or schedule an appointment online.