Orthodontics & Functional Orthopedics in Halifax, NS

Orthodontics use a variety of oral appliances and means to shift your teeth into proper alignment, creating a healthy smile.

Besides being unattractive, crooked teeth can cause a number of issues. They can make it harder to brush and floss, which increases your risks of oral health problems. Crooked teeth also make chewing more difficult, which can lead to pain in your jaw, neck, and shoulders. They can additionally effect your breathing and sleeping, and self-esteem.

Orthodontics aim to correct misalignment and bite issues to give you a healthier and attractive smile. To see if orthodontic treatment is appropriate for you, you will have to see your dentist or orthodontist to have a consultation. Your dentist will carefully examine your teeth to determine if orthodontics is appropriate for your smile. Dr. Daniel Tam will examine your dental and medical history, your teeth’s position, your goals and specific needs to create a customized treatment plan for you.

Orthodontic treatment can correct a variety of dental problems such as overbites, underbites, cross-bites, open bites, overcrowding, misalignment, and spacing problems.

Depending on your case, the dentist may recommend orthopedic treatments and orthodontics for your smile. Orthopedics usually precedes orthodontics and involves using short-term oral appliances, such as aligners, space maintainers, and retainers, to guide your teeth and bite into optimal alignment. These oral appliances can be removed before eating, brushing, or flossing, and allow you to achieve a straighter smile without having to wear braces. This is ideal for children.

If needed, orthodontics may be recommended, using fixed appliances such as invisible braces to move your teeth into place. Compared to removable aligners and retainers, braces are bonded to your teeth and can only be removed by your dentist. This gives your dentist more control and allows them to shift your teeth into optimal position.

We also offer clear braces so you can achieve a straight smile without anyone seeing your orthodontic treatment.

Dr. Daniel Tam and his team will work with you to create a healthy, gorgeous smile. Contact our practice in Halifax at 902-420-0001 to set up an appointment.