Orthodontics in North York
Braces used to consist of a steel band went around each individual tooth like a ring. The wire that pulled the teeth into line was attached to a little bracket that was on the front of the steel bands. You might remember what this looked like – a mouth full of metal!
Orthodontics has come a long way!
The metal bands have been replaced with brackets that are bonded directly to the front of the teeth. These brackets are much smaller, less noticeable and more comfortable. More and more of our Orthodontic cases are adults!
It's amazing how far your teeth can be moved by orthodontic procedures. Your bone reacts to the tension created by the braces by creating special cells on each side of the tooth. These cells allow the tooth to shift in the bone while repairing the bone from where the tooth originally was.
Orthodontics for Kids Some children have naturally straight teeth, others are not so lucky. The size of your child's teeth and how they fit together are inherited traits. So are 'malocclusions'. Malocclusion is the dental term that literally means 'bad bite'. Orthodontics corrects these malocclusions to bring your child's teeth into proper alignment.
There are a number of different malocclusions. Dr. Babatsikos will keep a close eye on your child's oral development to make sure there is room for their bright, healthy, beautiful smile to grow.
If your child requires orthodontic treatments we will recommend starting treatment between the ages of 10 and 14. At this age the mouth is still developing and the teeth are more easily moved. Early treatment can prevent more extensive and costly treatment later on when your child grows up.
Correcting a bite alignment through orthodontic treatment can improve dental health, boost self-confidence and create a terrific looking smile.
North York Dentist, Dr. Babatsikos would be pleased to talk to you about the benefits of orthodontics next time you are in our office.