At Dentistry on 7th, we’re proud of the services we provide to our satisfied clients. We have friendly and experienced dentists and oral hygienists on our staff who offer a variety of treatment options to customers to help them with their oral health.
We’re also known as the best Hamilton orthodontics treatment clinic because of our outstanding orthodontics team. They are empathetic, skilled, highly qualified and have a track record of excellence. What’s more, they love what they do and are passionate about helping customers straighten their teeth.
Usually, the best time to straighten teeth is in childhood, when the jaw is still growing. Here, an orthodontist can positively influence the shape of the jaw by using a device. The most common treatment option is metal braces. These are positioned on the teeth with brackets, bands, and flexible wire.
Some parents who had braces growing up have mixed memories associated with the devices because they were metallic and uncomfortable. However, technological advancements in dentistry have offered improvements. Metal braces today are smaller, less unsightly, and are made with less metal. What’s more, the rubber bands are offered in multiple colours, allowing children to choose braces that fit their lifestyle.
As the top children’s dentist in Hamilton — we always advise parents to bring their children to the Dentistry on 7th at an early age. There are several advantages to this.
- They will feel less anxious about going for regular checkups in the future
- The friendly and compassionate staff at Dentistry on 7th can educate them about oral health
- The good habits they learn in childhood are more likely to carry on into adulthood
- At Dentistry on 7th, we can tackle issues before they develop into bigger problems.
When we suspect that your child may need orthodontic treatment in the future, we inform you immediately to help you plan accordingly. Misaligned teeth can impact children in multiple ways.
Misaligned teeth can result in pain in the teeth, gums, jaw, ears, and neck, impacting performance at school and life at home. Over time, misaligned teeth also experience more wear than regular teeth. As people with misaligned teeth grow older, the extra strain on their teeth, gum, and jaw muscles, can cause cracked teeth, joint disorders, and other issues.
Many children are reluctant to brush and floss as it is. And misaligned teeth can be harder for them to clean because of awkward spaces in the jaw. Children love consuming sweet foods. Such foods can get lodged in these spaces for long periods, attracting bacteria and resulting in plaque, tartar, tooth decay, and gum disease.
Children are often impatient. When they’re eating, they’re thinking about their next activity and don’t chew properly. With misaligned teeth, they chew even poorly. When food isn’t chewed properly, it can result in digestion problems, affecting sleep and play.
Childhood is challenging for many kids who are just trying to fit in. With misaligned teeth, they stand out even more and are bullied by their peers. This can affect their self-esteem and force them into isolation. If their teeth are more misaligned than usual, then it can affect their speech, denting their confidence further and their ability to excel in class.
At Dentistry on 7th, we’re often asked about the causes of crooked teeth.
- Habits such as sucking on pacifiers, thumb sucking, mouth breathing, and tongue thrusting can result in a baby’s teeth becoming crooked
- Orthodontic problems can be hereditary
- Studies suggest that reduced chewing because of the consumption of soft and processed foods in the modern age has made jaws smaller over generations, resulting in more people having crowded teeth
- People with an overbite or an underbite are more likely to have crooked teeth
- Poor dietary habits that affect dental development can cause misaligned teeth
- Trauma to the face, especially while the jaw is still growing can also affect the development of teeth
If you’re an adult with misaligned teeth, then you’re not alone. Many children didn’t get the orthodontic treatment they needed for a variety of reasons. Even if you didn’t need such treatment in childhood, your teeth may have become shifted because of habits, wear, age or other factors.
Studies suggest that more adults in Canada and the United States are seeking orthodontic treatment than ever before. Adults with crowded, misaligned, or protruding teeth, underbites, overbites, jaw asymmetry, extra teeth spacing, can reap benefits of orthodontic treatment just like children.
With straighter teeth, they can experience less discomfort while chewing or talking. Orthodontic treatment can also help adults who feel self-conscious about their smile. With straightened teeth, they can be more confident in their social and work life. This confidence can translate into new relationships and success at work.
Although braces are smaller, more comfortable, less chunky, many adults still consider them unsightly and juvenile. To such clients, we recommend Invisalign in Hamilton as the most attractive, comfortable, and popular teeth straightening option for adults. These are transparent dental appliances that are customized for your jaw and slowly correct the shape of your teeth over time. Here are some things you should know about Invisalign®.
- Although they should be worn for most of the day, they can be taken off during meals, toothbrushing, or when they need to be cleaned
- They are more comfortable than traditional metal brackets
- They look nearly invisible and are hence less unsightly than traditional metal brackets
If you’ve researched Invisalign® then you may have seen ads for knock offs on social media. These devices are mailed to you without proper consultation from a professional. Please remember that such clear aligners can harm your teeth, leaving you with more problems than before. You should only use clear aligners that have been fitted for your teeth by a qualified orthodontist, such as the ones at Dentistry on 7th.
Orthodontists are dentists who have spent several years learning and training the art of diagnosing misaligned teeth and jaws. They will check your bite and assess your jaw using photos, x-rays, and other pieces of modern technology before recommending the next course of action. Only trust them with your teeth straightening needs.
If you’re interested in orthodontic treatment, then give us a call to book an appointment. Our friendly and qualified staff will be happy to guide you.