Orthodontics can provide effective, predictable results for patients with dental concerns related to misaligned teeth or a bite problem. Stittsville, ON dentist Dr. Ami Barakat has been helping children and adults achieve a straighter, healthier smile through comprehensive orthodontic care that is tailored to the unique needs of each patient. From crooked teeth and malocclusion to TMJ disorders, orthodontic treatment can be used to restore a more comfortable, functional smile.
Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment
The word “orthodontics” means “straighten teeth“. Using a range of treatment options, from traditional metal braces to invisible braces, Dr. Barakat can straighten teeth and lay the foundation for long term dental health. There are many reasons why teeth are crooked, from improper jaw development to myofunctional habits such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting. Our goal is to thoroughly evaluate your dental health, determine which factors are affecting tooth alignment and recommend the most appropriate treatment option.
Common Orthodontic Problems
Achieving a straighter smile has benefits beyond improved aesthetics. Teeth that are straight can support better long term dental health:
- Easier to brush and floss effectively, reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease
- Straight teeth that make proper contact reduce wear and damage, maintaining the integrity of your smile long term
- Addressing a bite imbalance or occlusal disorder with orthodontics can reduce or eliminate jaw tension and TMJ symptoms
- In children, straightening malocclusion can enable normal speech development
Dr. Barakat can use traditional braces, oral appliances and invisible braces to treat everything from the common to the complex, including:
- Crooked teeth
- Over bite
- Cross bite
- Open bite
- Gaps between teeth, diastemas, uneven spacing
- Deep bite, where incisors are touching the gingival tissue
- TMJ disorders and bite dysfunction
It is recommended that children receive an orthodontic evaluation around age 7, once the permanent teeth begin to erupt, to look for possible bite problems that can corrected conservatively with early treatment. In some cases, young patients can even avoid the need for braces later on if certain issues are corrected early. Dr. Barakat will recommend the most conservative avenue of treatment with the goal of achieving and maintaining a functional bite.
Schedule A Consultation with Dr. Barakat
The first step is to schedule a consultation for you or your child in our Stittsville orthodontic office, conveniently located on Hazeldean Rd. Dr. Barakat offers free orthodontic consultations for patients of all ages. This will include a dental exam and recommended treatment plan for your consideration. Give us a call at (613) 655-9966, or request an appointment online today.