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What does orthodontics mean?

What Exactly does Orthodontics Mean?



In order to make the most effective decision for your treatment needs, it’s important that you gain a clear understanding on the processes dentists use within their work, and the language used to describe those processes. Orthodontics is a word widely used throughout the oral health field, and within this post, our team provides more details on orthodontics, its definition and the types of services the field includes.

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the process of straightening teeth to achieve a pleasing, functional smile. Each qualified dentist has some form of training within the field of orthodontics while in dental school. However, there are additional courses available for general dentists to improve upon their skills and knowledge in orthodontic treatments.

At the Collingwood Dental Centre, Dr. Reid is a general dentist who has a particular interest in orthodontics and has taken courses regarding the diagnosis of orthodontic problems, as well as on braces and Invisalign treatment. His experience within the orthodontic field extends well over 20 years.

Why Choose Orthodontics?

There are many more benefits to having straight teeth than just achieving that ideal smile. Here’s a few:

  • Straighter teeth allow patients to chew their food properly
  • Straighter teeth are easier to clean and maintain
  • Patients with optimal alignment usually have fewer cavities than those without
  • Patients with optimal alignment have less gum disease than those without
  • Alignment with orthodontic treatment can also help patients minimize the wear they suffer as a result of grinding their teeth

The Invisalign Option

Invisalign is an exciting new way to move teeth without braces. It is particularly good at solving the problem of crowded teeth. The treatment process involves wearing clear, thin plastic aligners to slowly move the teeth into the optimal position. There are a number of benefits to the Invisalign process. These include:

  • It’s easier to clean teeth than with regular braces
  • Patients don’t experience communication issues
  • Invisalign braces don’t move around in the mouth as often as traditional brace products

During Invisalign treatment, we ask that patients come into our office to change their plastic aligners every 3-to-6 weeks. This treatment phase allows us to see the clear difference Invisalign makes in a short space of time. Patients will usually complete their Invisalign treatment in less than 12 months. The cost ranges from $5000-to-$8000, depending on the treatment time and complexity of the case. Some people are surprised by this but braces and Invisalign cost about the same total fee.

Invisalign also has an excellent website at www.invisalign.com. To learn more about the product and the treatment process, check out the site and review their detailed information. It’s worth it to take the Smile Assessment. By answering some basic online questions you can see before-and-after photos of people with the same sort of problem that you think you have.

Treatment at Collingwood Dental Centre

Here at Collingwood Dental Centre, we recognize every case and every patient is different. We will schedule a 20-minute free consult with you to discuss your particular concerns. Most times, we can answer the general questions that patients have, including the following:

  • “Can my problem be fixed?”
  • “How will it be fixed… braces or Invisalign or something else?”
  • “How long will it take?”
  • “How much will it cost?”

We know you’ve probably got more questions. Call us at 705-444-1500. We will schedule a free, short visit with Dr. Reid to ensure you have the answers you need to make an informed treatment decision.

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