Aside from our wisdom teeth, we have 28 teeth in our mouth. The biomechanics of moving each and every one of these teeth harmoniously is complicated and a formidable task. The challenge is to carefully position both the crowns and roots of each tooth in a straight and stable position in three dimensions of space in the cranio-facial skeleton allowing for the hills and valleys (cusps and grooves) of the teeth to interdigitate with one another well, and the muscles and soft tissue are relaxed and in a comfortable position.
In addition to this, the upper and lower teeth in the upper and lower jaws have to fit together so the forces of the bite is evenly distributed throughout all of the teeth. This is a task that cannot be acquired from a weekend course or two by a general dentist. This is a very involved and complicated task that requires much planning and careful execution and a task that should be entrusted only to a certified specialist in orthodontics (look for the FRCD(C) designation to ensure you’re being treated by a specialist) who undertakes an accredited 3 year post-graduate degree in orthodontics and who has undergone extensive study to pass very rigorous examination by the Royal College of Dental Specialist’s of Canada.
If you’re interested in having all 28 teeth in your mouth straight and a comfortable bite, please ensure you consult with a certified specialist in orthodontics. Just like you want a cardiac surgeon, not your family doctor, to perform heart surgery, you want a certified orthodontist to do your braces. Look for the FRCD(C) designation to ensure you are treated by a certified orthodontic specialist.
If you have questions please give Orthodontics at Don Mills a call at 416-447-1515 for a complimentary consultation. We are team of committed professionals who look forward to meeting with you, listening to your concerns and discussing your options with you.