Orthodontic Overview

Orthodontics is the science of gently moving teeth and jaws that are misaligned. As orthodontists, Dr. Loo and Dr. Yen use the latest technologies to create beautiful, healthier smiles by diagnosing, preventing and correcting misaligned teeth and jaws.  A description of conditions commonly treated with orthodontics, including crowded teeth, overbites, underbites and spacing (gaps between teeth), is available on our Before & After page.

It's estimated that over half of the population in Canada has misaligned or irregular teeth and jaws.

Teeth that Look Good Are Also Good for You

In addition to giving you a beautiful smile, straight, well-aligned teeth have many health benefits.  For example, they're easier to clean and maintain, which can help you avoid tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss.  Aligned teeth can also help you avoid abnormal wear to your teeth's surfaces, digestive issues caused by inefficient chewing, difficulties speaking, and chronic headaches/neck pain caused by stress on bones.  Orthodontics can also help children overcome  infantile habits like sucking a thumb, finger, or pacifier.  Early prevention may be less costly than the dental care required to treat more serious problems that can develop in later years.

How it Works

Dr. Loo and Dr. Yen use a variety of orthodontic appliances to gently move teeth into the correct position.  Today, there are many options for treatment including traditional metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign, and clear and metal retainers.  Visit our Treatment Options page to learn more about the your option for orthodontic treatment.

Treatment Time Line

Orthodontic treatment depends on each patient's particular case, and typically takes between one to three years to complete.  Factors that impact the actual time to complete treatment include a patient's growth rate, individual response to treatment, diligence in using prescribed appliances and equipment, and oral hygiene.  Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, may take as few as six months.

The treatment process for children and adults is different because adult bones are no longer growing, so they may take more time for adult teeth to move. 

Learn more about orthodontics for kids.

Learn more about orthodontics for adults.