Orthodontics

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Orthodontics is the science or repositioning teeth. With braces, Dr. Lecours can straighten teeth and create a more attractive smile. In addition to enhancing the appearance of your smile, straight teeth can improve your oral health and comfort. Straight teeth are easier to clean, reducing your chances of tooth decay and gum disease. Straight teeth contribute to a properly aligned bite, which decreases the risk of chronic headaches, grinding, and TMJ disorder. At ourHearst, Ontario clinic, we offer traditional orthodontics for adults and children.

How do I know if I need braces?

Most people with crooked teeth or bite problems can benefit from orthodontic treatment. Dr. Lecours offers individual orthodontic evaluations, which may include X-rays, to determine what kind of treatment would be best in your unique situation. Call today to schedule your orthodontic evaluation.

How do I know if my child needs braces? 

For children, it’s sometimes necessary to begin orthodontic treatment at a young age, before the jaw and gums have developed fully. We recommend that you bring your child to our clinic by age seven, so Dr. Lecours can proactively monitor the growth and development of your child’s teeth. Once all the permanent teeth have erupted, Dr. Lecours can recommend a second phase of treatment that may involve comprehensive orthodontics or a retainer to maintain tooth position.

Are braces for adults different from braces for children? 

Braces for adults are different in that overall treatment may take longer. The teeth, jaw, and gums are fully formed in an adult mouth, and it takes longer to move teeth into their ideal arrangement. However, we offer discreet alternatives to metal braces, so you can receive treatment without compromising your professional image. Dr. Lecours may recommend clear or tooth-colored brackets, which are less noticeable than traditional metal braces. Visit Dr. Lecours for a consultation today to learn about our options for adult braces.

The team at our Hearst, Ontario dental office has made patients of all ages smile for two decades. Call our Hearst dental office today on (705) 372-1601 to reserve checkups or consultations for your family. With 5-star service and a commitment to excellence, Hearst dentist Dr. Gilles Lecours and our team look forward to becoming your preferred dental healthcare providers.