Do I need a referral to see an orthodontist?

- February 07, 2020

In Canada, you do not need a referral to see an orthodontist.

Why Would You Need to See an Orthodontist?

Orthodontists are specialists in their field of dentistry. They generally concentrate on diagnosing, preventing and treating dental and facial irregularities to help align jaws, bites, teeth and straighten crooked teeth. It is this specialisation that sets an orthodontist apart from a dentist.

Another reason to visit an orthodontist is for the health of your smile. Having confidence in your smile can impact your life positively. A beautiful and straight smile means your teeth will be easier to clean which helps improve gum health.

What Are the Benefits of Seeing an Orthodontist?

Besides a confidence boost, orthodontic treatment can bring a myriad of physical benefits, including a stunning smile through the correction of:

  • Gaps between teeth
  • Bad bites that can harm gums and teeth
  • Overcrowded or crooked teeth
  • Misaligned or protruding teeth
  • Chewing, speech or breathing difficulties
  • Misaligned jaws

Orthodontists can also assist with the diagnosis and management of obstructive sleep apnea as well as help manage persistent finger and thumb sucking in children.