Orthodontics is a speciality of dentistry that focuses on the treatment of malocclusions (improper bites) which may be a result of crooked teeth and poor jaw relationships. Among the Hamilton orthodontists, Dr Dave Blom is one of the most experienced and will be able to advise you on the best course of treatment given your particular circumstances.
Why might I need braces?
The need for braces is primarily down to poorly aligned teeth and jaws. This can result in poor breathing patterns, difficult-to-clean teeth, speech difficulty and a poor self-image due to a crooked smile.
How do braces work?
Braces work with treatment plans that focus on straightening teeth and creating better jaw alignment for both functional as well as cosmetic reasons. They do so by applying pressure slowly over time to move the teeth into place.
How long does orthodontic treatment take?
Treatment periods can vary depending on the patient's individual situation but typically a treatment plan lasts between 1-2 years.
What's the best age for braces?
In most cases today, children from the ages of 7+ are often brought into an orthodontist for an assessment and consultation. That being said, at the Hamilton Dental Centre we receive and treat many adult patients as well. As a result, we welcome enquiries from patients of all ages.
Do braces hurt?
Patients sometimes have a small period of discomfort as the adjust to their braces with some sensitivity around the gums, lips and cheek. Most soon adjust to this and go about their day to day lives without any trouble.
Are there different styles of braces?
Yes, there is a range of different styles that braces are available in. The most common is the traditional metal braces that are actually much smaller than they used to be and can be fitted with coloured bands. Another option is ceramic braces which have the advantage of being less noticeable as they are generally tooth-coloured.
How much do braces cost?
Treatment costs will vary from patient to patient depending on the complexity of the work required. In rare instances, your case may be referred to a specialist orthodontist. In either case, if you’re in Hamilton, orthodontics with us is only a phone call away and we’ll be able to give you a precise quote for costs when we see you in person.