Bloor West Village dentistry


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When we started bloorwestSmiles in West Toronto we set high standards for our general dentistry practice and we believe we have achieved them.

Toronto Bloor West orthodontics - dental braces


Creating Beautiful Smiles for Children, Teens & Adults in Bloor West Village.

For well over 16 years Dr. Kostirko has proudly been able to offer orthodontic care for the entire family at Bloor West Village in Etobicoke, West Toronto.

Our team of skilled dental professionals is dedicated to providing each of our patients with the compassionate and individualized care they deserve. We feature a comprehensive set of orthodontic options, from traditional braces to new technology, to ensure that we have an orthodontic solution that will be perfect for you, regardless of your age and orthodontic needs.


Dr. Kostirko has a passion for orthodontics and together with his experienced team a vision to provide excellence in orthodontic care, while ensuring his patients are not only satisfied with their final results, but happy with their treatment journey and with smiles they are excited to share with others.

When you're ready to explore all your orthodontic treatment options contact our bloorwestSmiles office and schedule a consultation with Dr.Kostirko. You'll receive an individualized orthodontic care plan designed with your needs and goals in mind.


Reasons for orthodontic treatment (braces):

  • Breathing or swallowing problems - Mouth breathing can lead to snoring and sleep apnea.
  • Crossbite - One or more upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth (towards the tongue).
  • Crowding - Involving extra teeth or malpositioned teeth.
  • Deep Overbite - The lower front teeth bite into the upper tissue of the upper teeth.
  • Disfiguring of the face & mouth - Affects the development of the jaw and position of the teeth.
  • Jaw & jaw joint pain
  • Missing or extra teeth - Due to tooth decay, injuries, or inherited problems.
  • Overjet (protruding upper teeth) - Upper teeth that protrude beyond normal and are usually associated with a short lower jaw.
  • Self-image - An attractive smile can boost a person's self-image and confidence.
  • Spacing between teeth - Teeth are missing or may be too small or too large.
  • Speech, chewing or biting problems.
  • Underbite (lower jaw protrusion) - Lower jaw is longer than the upper jaw.

Specific to children:

  • Finger or thumb sucking- These habits can cause protrusion of the upper incisor teeth, and mouth breathing.
  • Teeth erupting out of position - Can be guided to proper alignment.

The benefits of orthodontic treatment often go beyond the obvious physical changes of an improved bite and straighter teeth; it's also a great way to improve a person's overall self-image. While having beautiful straight teeth is important, even more important is the need to alleviate any potential health problems associated with the teeth or jaw. Crooked teeth or jaw problems may contribute to improper cleaning of teeth, leading to tooth decay and, possibly, gum disease or total tooth loss. Orthodontic problems that go untreated can lead to chewing and digestion difficulties, speech impairments, and abnormal wear of tooth surfaces. Over time, excessive strain on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth can affect the jaw joints leading to problems such as headaches or face and neck pain.


Orthodontic treatment involves three phases:

Dental Braces Components

A. Ligature: The archwire is held to each bracket with a ligature, which can be either a tiny elastic or a twisted wire.

B. Archwire: The archwire is tied to all the brackets and creates force to move teeth into proper alignment.

C. Brackets: Brackets are connected to the bands, or directly bonded on the teeth, and hold the archwire in place.

D. Metal Band: the band is the cemented ring or metal which wraps around the tooth.

E. Elastic Hooks & Rubber Bands: Elastic hooks are used for the attachment of rubber bands, which help move teeth toward their final position.

1. Planning Phase - Your first couple of visits may include the following:

  • A medical and dental history evaluation.
  • Castings or "molds" of your teeth.
  • Computer generated photograph of the head and neck that will aid in planning.
  • Photographs of your face and mouth.
  • X-rays of the teeth and jaws.

After careful planning, Dr. Kostirko will design and apply braces or fabricate custom-made appliances for you.

2. Active Phase - Active treatment involves visiting Dr. Kostirko on a regular basis for adjustments and following specific treatment requirements to ensure successful treatment.

3. Retention Phase - When treatment is completed, the braces and/or appliances are removed and a new appliance is made. Usually these retainers are removable and will maintain the changes made to your teeth if worn continuously until the teeth and bone are stabilized in their new positions.
Treatment and retention times vary depending on each individual case. Dr. Kostirko will ensure you have a successful treatment for a beautiful smile that can last a lifetime.


Eating with braces

What can you eat? Let's talk about what you shouldn't eat! For the first day or so, stick to soft foods. Avoid tough meats, hard breads, and raw vegetables. Before long, you'll be able to bite comfortably. But, you'll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you're wearing braces.

Foods to avoid

  • Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
  • Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips
  • Sticky foods: caramels, gum
  • Hard foods: nuts, candy
  • Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots
  • Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer

General soreness

When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain. The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We'll show you how!

Loosening of teeth

This is to be expected throughout treatment. Don't worry! It's normal. Teeth must loosen first so they can be moved. The teeth will again become rigidly fixed in their new - corrected - positions.

Loose wire or band

Don't be alarmed if a wire or band comes loose. This happens occasionally. If wire protrudes and is irritating, use a blunt instrument (back of spoon or the eraser end of a pencil) and carefully, gently push the irritating wire under the archwire. Simply get it out of the way. If irritation to the lips or mouth continues, place wax or wet cotton on the wire to reduce the annoyance. Call our office as soon as possible for an appointment to check and repair the appliances. If any piece comes off, save it and bring it with you to the office.

Care of appliances

To successfully complete the treatment plan, the patient must work together with the orthodontist. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if the patient consistently wears the rubber bands, headgear or other appliances as prescribed. Damaged appliances lengthen the treatment time.


It's more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces, so the teeth and gums are healthy after orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning.


If you play sports, it's important that you consult us for special precautions. A protective mouthguard is advised for playing contact sports. In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, call Bloor West Smiles immediately for an appointment.

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Tel: 416-766-2853

2 Jane Street
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Serving Toronto, Toronto West, Bloor West, Etobicoke, South Kingsway, High Park, South Etobicoke and the Greater Toronto Area - Bloor West Smiles is your family and cosmetic dental practice in Bloor West Village.