Orthodontics: what are the benefits of braces?

You probably have heard about braces and you may know that they straighten teeth. But creating a beautiful smile is just one of the benefits orthodontics can offer.

Putting your teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment also improves the function of the smile.  Orthodontic treatment is becoming an addition for many other dental procedures, such as creating space for bridge or dental implants.

The psychological aspect also plays a big role in the treatment, increasing people confidence and self-esteem.

When should my child get the first orthodontic assessment?

The recommended age for the first orthodontic assessment is 7 years-old. Many orthodontic problems can be easier to correct if detected early.

Early treatment can avoid surgery or more complicated corrections later in life.

At Iris Dentistry, Dr. Iris Moreira offers orthodontic assessment, even during the child’s appointment with the hygienist. Call today at (519) 886-8980 to inquire about your child’s first orthodontic assessment.

Is there an age limit to get braces?

NO!  Teeth can be moved at any age. In fact, people on their 40s, 50s and 60s are getting braces now more than ever!

Orthodontic treatment has advanced and created many options to patients: traditional metal braces, porcelain brackets and even Invisalign.

Teens and young adults take advantage of the colourful braces. The colour appear on the elastic ties that bind the wires on the brackets. They can be changed almost at every maintenance visit.

We offer traditional braces as well as Invisalign treatment at Iris Dentistry.


When braces come off, you better be prepared to wear a retainer, which can be fixed or removable.

The retainer’s function is to hold the teeth in place, since the teeth have a tendency to move back to their old position.

The dentist will recommend the best retainer based on the patient’s orthodontic treatment.

Dental treatment such as orthodontics is one of the best investments people can make. It will increase your self-esteem, and improve your smile providing a better oral health. The results will last a lifetime.

Do you still have questions about braces or any orthodontic treatment? Click here to contact us or call us at (519) 886-8980. We will be happy to assist you!

About Iris Dentistry

We are located in the Marsland Mall, in Waterloo, Ontario. We serve the Waterloo Region with orthodontics services, as well as general, cosmetic, and implant dentistry. Dr. Iris Moreira is an Invisalign provider. We are accepting new patients at all ages and would love to look after your smile.