A great smile can give you the confidence that will last a lifetime. With so many options available to improve the look of your smile it can be difficult to know which one is right for you.

Your smile consists of more than just the upper six front teeth. You must consider the gums and bone as well as how the upper and lower teeth bite together. Your general dentist may recommend orthodontic treatment as the best approach to improving your smile.

Orthodontists are dentists who have received an additional two to three years of university education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to correct ‘crooked teeth and bad bites’. They are also required to complete additional examinations with the Royal College of Dentists of Canada before they can practice as a specialist.

The Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends children should be seen by an orthodontist by age seven as the adult teeth are just coming into the mouth. At this age, future problems may be readily identified. Some problems are best treated early, between the ages of seven to eleven, while others are more efficiently addressed once the child has entered his or her teens. Adulthood is certainly not a barrier to treatment; it is not uncommon for adults in their 50’s and 60’s to be under orthodontic care.

Orthodontic treatment is complex and uniquely tailored to each individual. By working closely with your general dentist, your orthodontist can ensure you have the smile you always wanted.