It’s a game changer to have a set of straight teeth! A gorgeous smile is undeniably a confidence booster that has a positive impact on your social and professional life. The origins of smile makeovers can be traced back to orthodontic treatment. It’s wonderful to know that no one is ever ‘too old’ to have their smile transformed. Orthodontics addresses a wide range of issues, not only aesthetics. More importantly, it aids in the alignment of your teeth, allowing you to properly bite, chew, and talk. Straight teeth are also easy to clean, which helps to avoid tooth decay and gum disease.

Our courteous and skilled staff at  Dr. Marty Frankel Smiles By Design strives to give you affordable, cutting-edge orthodontic treatment.  Dr. Marty Frankel provides orthodontic treatment that is tailored to your specific needs and goals. We place an emphasis on your health and well-being. As a result, we provide each patient with personalized treatment and undivided attention.

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on proper tooth alignment. Speech difficulties can be caused by overbite, underbite, overcrowding, crooked teeth, and jaw misalignment. Orthodontics can treat all these issues by gradually realigning the teeth’s positions. Of course, aside from your dental and overall health being entirely restored, a gorgeous smile that comes with it is merely a bonus to the aesthetics.

Why Should I Have Orthodontic Treatment?

Many people have crooked or overcrowded teeth. Orthodontic therapy will help to straighten teeth and shift them into better places in order to improve their appearance, correct their bite, and make them easier to clean. For example, upper front teeth that protrude or upper and lower jaws that meet (often referred to as ‘prominent teeth’) are prone to misalignment or injury. They can be treated with orthodontics by repositioning teeth back into their normal and proper bite position. This will avoid jaw muscle strain, which can lead to joint problems and headaches, teeth and jaws must meet correctly for a proper bite pattern. Orthodontics will correct overbite and underbite, as well as reducing the pressure that can lead to serious dental health issues.

Types of Orthodontic Issues


When a patient closes their mouth, their top teeth rest within their lower teeth, causing a crossbite (also known as a’ misaligned bite’). Crossbite can result in damaged or chipped teeth, unattractive appearance, bite-related lip pain and cheek problems, teeth or jaw grinding plus unwanted asymmetrical facial development.


Crowding occurs when there is insufficient space in the mouth for all the teeth to grow and it is the most common reason for seeking orthodontic treatments. Because crowded teeth are difficult to floss and brush, they are more susceptible to decay if not treated quickly.  Dr. Marty Frankel recommends that you seek a dental check-up as soon as you see crowding, which usually occurs at a younger age, ensuring that all teeth grow out appropriately and are not prone to severe dental difficulties in the future.


Teeth crowding is just as problematic as having unnatural and large gaps between your teeth. Although tooth spacing can occur anywhere in the mouth, according to Colgate, the most typical location for the gap is between the two front teeth. Excessive tooth spacing exposes the gums to microorganisms without the teeth to defend them, leaving you more susceptible to gingivitis and tooth decay.


When your upper and lower teeth contact wrongly during biting, you’ll know your bite is off. An abnormal bite, also known as malocclusion, can alter not just the appearance of your teeth but also the appearance of your face. Malocclusions include underbite, deep bite or overbite and open bite, among others. Upper teeth that are too far back and lower teeth that are too far forward define an underbite. A deep bite, often known as an overbite, is characterized by the upper teeth being too far forward. Finally, when clenching the teeth, an open bite is defined by a gap between the upper and lower teeth. Patients with these bite problems frequently experience premature tooth wear, necessitating more dental treatments as they age.

Improper Eruption

Your child’s ‘baby teeth’ will eventually wear down and be replaced by adult teeth. However, it might be an issue if these adult teeth emerge at an odd angle or in the wrong place. To remedy the dental condition, your orthodontist may recommend that they wear braces, aligners, or have the tooth or teeth extracted. Impaction, in which a tooth becomes lodged beneath the gum line, is highly prevalent in children under the age of eight. As a result, it is strongly advised that you take your child to the orthodontist to avoid or treat impactions if they are detected early.

Impacted Teeth

An impacted tooth is one that is unable to fully erupt through the gums because another tooth is impeding its growth path. It happens when there isn’t enough room in your jaw for a new tooth or teeth to grow in. When wisdom teeth begin to emerge in your adolescent or teenage child’s mouth, they are often impacted. Canines are also affected in general. As a result, with the help of an orthodontist, one could prevent impactions by expanding the jaw.

Why is Orthodontics Important?

An overall healthy mouth is made up of properly aligned teeth and jaw. Crooked and misalignment of teeth are common risk factors for future dental issues that may necessitate treatment such as drilling, root canals, crowns, extractions, or surgery. As a result, you can think of orthodontics as a preventive dental treatment for a better, healthier mouth, as well as a more attractive smile and facial shape or structure.

Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

Improve Self-Esteem

Aside from the preventive and restorative benefits of orthodontics, it can also significantly improve your dental health and facial structure, which can boost your self-esteem. What a game-changer it is to not only take care of your health, but also your appearance! Orthodontics gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “looking and feeling wonderful on the inside and out!” ’

Prevent Future Dental Problems

Early diagnosis of dental problems is advantageous, especially for young children, because it allows your orthodontist to address them before they become serious. Your orthodontist will be able to help as your child’s teeth and jaw develop, until adult teeth emerge. Early diagnosis of possible dental problems allows for quicker and easier treatment.

Improved Appearance

Orthodontic treatment helps your oral health while also improving your face structure. Because properly aligned teeth are much easier to clean, you will avoid dental decay, gum disease, and the loss of a tooth or teeth. As a result, a gorgeous set of straight, healthy teeth is simply a result of good dental hygiene. There’s no way a person with such a healthy and attractive smile wouldn’t feel good about themselves!

Better Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene has a huge impact on your self-esteem and interpersonal relationships. Food debris can easily become caught between improper teeth, causing bacteria buildup, gingivitis, tooth damage, and bad breath. During talks, people with terrible breath, also known as halitosis, are frequently avoided. As a result, having a healthy and correctly aligned set of teeth is beneficial in more ways than one. It is, above all, for the benefit of your mouth and total overall health.

Healthier Teeth and Gums 

Cleaning teeth that are crowded or crooked can be difficult. Tooth deterioration and even tooth loss are frequently caused by misaligned teeth. The disorders could escalate into severe headaches and facial or neck pain, if they are not addressed or treated early. It lowers the cost of orthodontic treatment compared to the treatments that may be required to address difficulties caused by a lack of orthodontic care at a future date.

The Strain on the Joints and Jaw Muscles Reduced

Improper chewing of food is one of the most common orthodontic concerns and it can lead to digestive problems over time. Some of these conditions cause your inner cheeks or tongue to be bitten, leaving them more susceptible to infection. The brain detects this and compensates by applying pressure to the jaw muscles and joints, causing your mouth to chew in an unusual pattern or manner.

Easier Teeth Cleanliness 

Brushing and flossing on a daily basis appear to be the most effective treatments to avoid cavities and gingivitis. Food debris, on the other hand, can become lodged between crooked teeth or badly aligned teeth, increasing your risk of bacteria accumulation, cavities, and infections. As a result, having your teeth aligned properly with orthodontic treatments is like preparing for the future of healthy teeth!

Risk of Dental Damage is Dramatically Reduced

Every person’s degree of tooth misalignment is different. Despite the disparity in severity, there is still a common ground: everyone is at risk. It’s important to remember that your teeth are one undivided structure that absorbs shock and potentially cracks easily. Cavities and infections would be more likely as a result of dental misalignment problems. Due to the risks involved, orthodontic treatments such as braces, invisaligners, extraction, or dental bridges should be used to reposition teeth properly.

Why Choose Us?

We Provide Individual Care and Attention

Our Orthodontist at  Dr. Marty Frankel Smiles By Design is committed to giving you a healthy and life-changing smile! We provide tailored treatments and use cutting-edge technology to help you accomplish your goals swiftly and comfortably. We provide a compassionate and pleasant environment, we also endeavour to cultivate a trusting and long-term relationship with our patients by providing a caring and expert service for all our patients.

We Offer Comfortable Treatments

Overly tight stainless steel braces, chunky dental bands, and unpleasant headgears are all things of the past! Orthodontic treatments that are new and inventive are a lot safer and more comfortable than they used to be. We are highly qualified professionals who promise to provide you with tailored treatment plans that will provide you with long-term oral health and beauty.

Call our office at (416) 770-8526 to learn more about orthodontic treatment or fill out our online form to make an appointment Contact Us. We are excited to accompany you and your family on your oral health and beauty journey!

Final Words

The practice of Orthodontics is evolving like all areas and treatments of dentistry.  Although Invisalign is a great solution to many orthodontic problems, there are certain orthodontic treatments that are still better done with the use of standard traditional braces and different types of removable appliances.  

When teeth are not in proper alignment and position, there are many things that can result.  It is similar to having tires/wheels on your car that require alignment due to improper driving operation.  If a wheel alignment and balancing are not done, not only can the tires develop unusual wear patterns, but strain can be exerted on the axles, the wheel bearings, even the brakes.  Like this, teeth that are in incorrect positions or misaligned can cause wear and tear not only on teeth but the jaw joints, the skull, the gums, and other facial components.

We offer full orthodontic care in our office, and we are happy to discuss the “ins and outs” of modern orthodontics and how it might apply to you, to help create comfortable, beautiful, straight, and healthy smiles in a caring gentle process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Orthodontists not only help with crooked or misaligned teeth,it can also help patients with a variety of other difficulties. Overbites and underbites, crossbites, spaces between teeth, overcrowding of teeth, and temporomandibular problems are among them (TMD). An orthodontist should also be consulted if there are any other jaw or bite issues.

Dentists may help patients reach a cleaner, healthier smile through cleanings, X-rays, tooth repair and implants. Orthodontists specialize in improving the overall look and feel by aligning teeth and jaws along with the proper teeth bite and function.

At practically any age, children with orthodontic difficulties can benefit from treatment. Braces are best placed between the ages of 10 and 14, when the mouth and head are still growing and the teeth are most receptive to straightening. Children’s braces aren’t the only ones who can benefit from them as it minimizes any future difficulties parents may experience due to an unhappy child.

Before deciding whether surgery is the best option, an orthodontist will wait until the jaw has finished developing. Only a licensed oral and maxillofacial surgeon can undertake orthodontic surgery, which is usually done in a hospital setting.

Orthodontists create a treatment plan that may include braces and retainers to identify and repair misaligned teeth and jaws (malocclusion). Braces, palatal expanders, orthodontic headgear, and Herbst appliances are examples of dental appliances that can be installed by an orthodontist to straighten your teeth.

Today’s braces are thinner, more comfortable, and use technology to alleviate pain. In order to reduce discomfort and treatment duration, we use both the most advanced self-ligating braces and the finest quality orthodontic materials.

Brush your teeth at least three times a day while wearing braces to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing your teeth on a regular basis will assist removal of any foods that have become stuck between your braces. You should floss every day to get in between your braces where your toothbrush can’t reach. Once your braces are in place, your orthodontist would show you how to brush and floss properly.

Yes! Orthodontic patients, in particular, should see their dentist on a regular basis. Food can get stuck in places where your toothbrush can’t reach with braces, causing bacteria to build up and cause cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. While wearing braces, your dentist and orthodontist will collaborate with you to keep teeth clean and healthy.

Because each patient has a unique set of teeth, the length of treatment will vary based on what is required. Teeth straightening can take a few months or up to a few years depending on the existing problems.

It’s true that you can’t consume certain foods while wearing braces but It depends on the type of treatment you’re receiving. We will discuss them with you when you get your braces on, but in general, we advise you to avoid foods that are too firm, sticky, hard or crunchy.