The metal bands have been replaced with brackets that are bonded directly to the front of the teeth. These brackets are much smaller, less noticeable and more comfortable.

It’s amazing how far your teeth can be moved by orthodontic procedures. Your bone reacts to the tension created by the braces by creating special cells on each side of the tooth. These cells remove the bone on one side of the tooth while creating it on the other causing your teeth to move.

Orthodontic treatment could be needed at any age with some patients still having baby teeth while others being more senior with missing adult teeth.

Orthodontics for kids

Some children have naturally straight teeth, others are not so lucky. The size of your children’s teeth and how they fit together are inherited traits. So are malocclusions. Malocclusion is the dental term that literally means “bad bite”. Orthodontics corrects these malocclusions to bring your children’s teeth into proper alignment.

There are a number of different malocclusions. Dr. Poitras will keep a close eye on your child’s oral development to make sure there is room for their bright smile to grow.

If your child requires orthodontic treatments we recommend starting as early as 6 to 8 years old in a preventative or damage control manner if the case warrants such an intervention, but the bulk of orthodontics occurs between 11 and 14 years of age.  At these ages your child’s mouth is still developing and the teeth are more easily straightened with ways to develop bone as well. Early treatment can prevent more extensive and costly treatment later when your child becomes an adult.


Orthodontics has come a long way. Braces used to consist of a steel band went around each individual tooth like a ring. The wire that pulled the teeth into line was attached to a little bracket that was on the front of the steel bands. You might remember what this looked like – a mouth full of metal!

Correcting your child’s bite through orthodontic treatment can improve their dental health, and has the added bonus of boosting self-confidence and creating a terrific looking smile.

Welcome to the Deschênes-Poitras Red Barn Dental.

Conveniently located on 6255 Hazeldean Rd (on the second floor of Big Red Barn), in Stittsville, we provide dental services to patients from Stittsville, Kanata, Carp, Richmond, Munster, Carleton Place, Ottawa and Arnprior. Call us at 613-831-7750 or email at to book an appointment with one of our dentists and hygienists today.

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