Orthodontic Treatment vs. Alternatives

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A captivating smile can boost confidence and enhance self-esteem. For many, achieving that perfect smile might involve orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatment is a way to fix crooked teeth and jaw problems. It uses braces and aligners to gently move teeth into better positions. It helps create a straighter smile and a healthier bite. Orthodontists, who are special dentists, make sure the treatment works well. At Dentistry on Gloucester, our team of dedicated orthodontists are committed to transforming smiles and boosting confidence. The process takes some time, but the results are usually long-lasting. It’s great for fixing dental issues like crowded teeth, gaps, and overbites. This treatment can improve both how your teeth look and how they work. However, before diving into orthodontic treatments, it’s essential to explore the alternatives and make an informed decision that suits your individual demands and preferences. Keep reading this blog for more information!

Orthodontic Treatments

Orthodontic treatment is the go-to solution for correcting misaligned teeth and jaw issues. Braces and aligners are commonly used methods that apply gentle pressure to move teeth into their desired positions over time.

Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

  • Effective results:Orthodontic treatments have been proven useful in fixing a broad range of dental issues, including crowded teeth, gaps, overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
  • Professional oversight:Orthodontists or specialized cosmetic dentists closely monitor the progress of the treatment, ensuring adjustments are made as needed for optimal results.
  • Customized approach:Treatment plans are tailored to the individual, considering their unique dental structure and goals.
  • Long-term stability:Properly aligned teeth not only look great but also contribute to better dental health by reducing the risk of dental emergencies like cavities, gum disease, and jaw discomfort.

Alternatives to Orthodontic Treatment

  • Cosmetic contouring:This involves reshaping teeth to create a more pleasing appearance. It’s suitable for small adjustments, but it’s not effective for significant misalignments.
  • Veneers:Dental veneers, part of cosmetic dentistry, are thin shells placed over the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. While porcelain veneers can address minor misalignments, they do not correct more complex issues like poor bites.
  • Retainers:Retainers can help maintain teeth alignment after Invisalign treatment or braces. However, they aren’t typically powerful enough to correct major issues on their own.

Factors to Consider

  • Severity of misalignment:Orthodontic treatment is ideal for significant misalignments and bite issues. Alternatives are better suited for minor cosmetic adjustments.
  • Treatment duration:Orthodontic treatment usually takes longer than other cosmetic treatments like professional teeth whitening, but it offers lasting results.
  • Maintenance:Orthodontic treatments require strict adherence to oral hygiene and maintenance, promoting overall dental health and preventing possible problems. Alternatives might involve less maintenance, but they might not yield as comprehensive results.
  • Age:Children are the ones who visit orthodontics the most, as it’s better to treat tooth misalignment at young ages. It’s also recommended to consult a pediatric dentist for better results. 

When deciding between orthodontic treatment and its alternatives, it’s essential to consult a qualified orthodontist or dentist. Our experts can evaluate your needs and guide you toward the best choice for achieving your desired smile transformation!


  • Dr. Ahferom

    Dr. Ahferom Gebremedhin practices in the Greater Toronto Area. He is dedicated to improving his patients' oral health and general well being and continues to expand his knowledge through continuing education courses. He has received his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree (DDS) from the University of Western Ontario. While in dental school, he was an active participant in the Dental Outreach Community Service program, where he provided free dental care to underprivileged patients.