Orthodontics and Orthopedics at Downtown Dental Centre, London ON
Smiles come alive with orthodontics and orthopedics in London
Crooked teeth can be detrimental to your wellbeing, socially, emotionally, and physically. Orthodontics at virtually any age, and early intervention with functional orthopedics greatly improves the smiles of London area patients. With attractive, evenly-spaced teeth, they tend to radiate confidence and be more outgoing. Straight teeth are also easier to keep clean, reducing risk of cavities and gum disease.
Functional orthopedicsOnly about 20 percent of malocclusions in children are related to genetics. Most cases of bite imbalance are the result of environmental factors such as:
- Enlarged tonsils and adenoids.
- Mouth breathing.
- Poor tongue position.
- Bottle feeding, thumb sucking, and pacifiers.
Functional orthopedics can break the cycle of oral development problems that cause issues in adulthood:
- Poor sleep habits.
- TMJ disorders.
- Sleep apnea.
- Weak chin profile (small lower jaw).
- Buck teeth.
- Narrow arch resulting in a pinched smile.
OrthodonticsOrthodontics is conventional use of brackets, bands, and wires bonded to teeth to move them into alignment. Braces are appropriate for teens, once the jaw is done growing, and for adults regardless of age. Using this method, our dentists can control movement of teeth in relationship to one another, quite accurately, for a strikingly straight smile.
Depending on complexity, a typical orthodontic treatment plan takes 12 to 24 months to complete, after which a retainer is worn to maintain position of teeth.
Call (855) 669-0775 to schedule a consultation at Downtown Dental Centre Family Practice.