Orthodontics for Adults and Children in Etobicoke

At Toronto Lakeshore Dental, we strive to offer comprehensive dentistry you can rely on in one convenient location serving the communities of Mississauga, Etobicoke, and the greater Toronto area. One of the services we provide is comprehensive orthodontic treatment, including both traditional and invisible braces.

Orthodontic treatment at our Etobicoke dental office makes it convenient for both adults and children to straighten their teeth and protect their dental health with consistent teeth cleanings all in one location.

Do crooked teeth have you hiding your smile? Do you think it may be time to have your son or daughter evaluated for orthodontic treatment? If so, we encourage you to call Toronto Lakeshore Dental today at (416) 503-3335 to schedule an evaluation with one of our dentists.

Why It's Important to Straighten Your Teeth

Woman hiding smile from friendWhen you live with crooked teeth, you may not feel confident about your smile. This might cause you to hide your smile, which can make you appear unfriendly or unapproachable. Straightening your teeth gives you a smile you can be proud of, but it also benefits your oral health.

Teeth that are rotated or overlap can be difficult to access when brushing and flossing. When you can’t keep your teeth clean, plaque, and bacteria build-up, which can result in issues like gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities. Having teeth that are correctly aligned makes them easier to clean and take care of.

If your bite is out of alignment, it can create problems if your jaw joint has to compensate. Painful issues like headaches, popping and clicking sounds, and a locked jaw can develop from a misaligned bite.

Straightening your teeth results in more confidence and better dental health.

The Problems That Braces Can Correct

Even though they gained more popularity in the 1960s, people have used braces in different forms to straighten their teeth since the early 1900s.

Today, modern braces can correct a multitude of aesthetic problems and also move your bite into the correct alignment. Having your teeth aligned properly protects the health of your jaw joint and makes it easier to chew and eat, and also to brush and floss your teeth.

Some of the conditions that braces can eliminate are:

  • Underbite
  • Open bite
  • Overbite
  • Crossbite
  • Rotated teeth
  • Overlapped teeth
  • Spacing or gaps between teeth

When Should My Child Be Evaluated for Orthodontic Treatment?

With consistent dental examinations every six months starting at age one, our dentists at Toronto Lakeshore Dental will be monitoring your child’s oral development.Woman sitting in sand smiling with braces

Due to problems like crowding, or issues with underbites or overbites, some children can benefit from orthodontic treatment earlier than others. Early orthodontic treatment allows our dentists to take advantage of your child’s jaw growth and correct their bite or make space for crowded teeth. Early intervention can make orthodontic treatment more effective and often more comfortable in the future.

At the age of seven years old is when we begin to evaluate children for orthodontic treatment. Otherwise, we recommend treatment for those who don’t need early intervention around the ages of 11 or 12.

Teenagers who are concerned about straightening their teeth with discretion may benefit from invisible braces with Invisalign. With invisible braces, our dentists utilize clear plastic aligners that are virtually invisible to move teeth into alignment instead of metal brackets and wires.

Comfortable Braces for Adults in M8W 1N6

At Toronto Lakeshore Dental, we offer both traditional and invisible braces with Invisalign for adults. Treatment with Invisalign works well for many patients; however, invisible braces can’t correct complicated bite issues.

For adults that need traditional orthodontic treatment, we offer both clear and metal braces. Our dentists will evaluate your situation with photos, x-rays, and a thorough examination. We will determine the type of treatment that will correct your bite and align your teeth for a healthier, more beautiful smile. Better yet, you'll be able to complete all aspects of your orthodontic treatment here at our Etobicoke dental office, where we can also monitor your dental health with cleanings and checkups throughout your treatment.

We make it convenient and straightforward for you to get the straighter, more beautiful smile you want!

Retainer Wear After Braces

When you decide to invest in orthodontic treatment for your smile, whether you choose invisible or traditional braces, retainers are included in the price of your treatment. This is because you'll need to wear a retainer for a lifetime after you complete treatment if you want to maintain straight teeth. It's hard to believe, but your teeth have memory, and they will shift back into their previous crooked position over time if you don't wear a retainer.

The good news is that after the initial period after treatment, you only have to wear your retainer at night while you sleep. Most retainers are made of durable plastic and are very comfortable to wear and easy to get used to while you're sleeping. It's truly a small measure to take to protect your newly straightened smile and your financial investment.

Are You a Candidate for Orthodontic Treatment?

man with braces smilingDo you have teeth that overlap? Maybe your teeth are not in alignment due to rotations or odd positioning? Perhaps you have wide spaces between your teeth that keep you from smiling? These are all aesthetic situations that braces can correct.

Are you dealing with frequent headaches? Or perhaps you are living with chronic neck and shoulder pain? Maybe your teeth are wearing prematurely due to bruxism (clenching and grinding your teeth)? These are bite alignment concerns that braces can eliminate.

If you've been thinking about straightening your teeth, the first step is to schedule an evaluation with one of our Etobicoke dentists to determine if orthodontic treatment is the right solution for your smile, and which type of braces will be best for you. During this evaluation, our dentists will use an examination, x-rays, and photos of your teeth to create a personalized treatment plan for you. Your dentist will also let you know the cost and length of your treatment, which they base on the complexity of your case.

Your Braces Can Fit Easily Into Your Budget

If the reason you've been putting off straightening your teeth is that you are concerned about cost, we can help.

Many dental insurance plans have a separate orthodontic benefit that you can typically apply towards braces or Invisalign. If you have dental insurance, we are happy to research your specific plan to help you determine if it includes an orthodontic benefit. Please contact our financial team for help with your dental insurance.

If monthly payments are more convenient for your budget, we work with the PayBright Payment Program. This program makes it easy for you to make affordable payments over time.

Don't let finances keep you from pursuing the beautiful smile you deserve! Contact our Toronto dental office today at (416) 503-3335 to learn more about your payment options.

Take the Next Steps to a Straighter Smile in Toronto

The confidence and opportunities that a beautiful smile can bring are priceless. Your straighter smile is just a phone call away! If you’d like to schedule an orthodontic evaluation in Etobicoke, we encourage you to contact your team at Toronto Lakeshore Dental today.