We have both options to fit your lifestyle. Dental braces have come a long way since they were invented in the 1800’s. Today, we are privy to a bevy of tooth-straightening options, each of which offers different benefits. Currently, the most popular types of braces used include:
Brushing your teeth is probably a standard part of your daily routine, but chances are you aren’t following the Canadian Dental Association’s guidelines for cleaning your teeth properly. The CDA currently recommends that you brush your teeth at minimum of two times each day – preferably morning and night or anytime you eat foods that contain sugar. When you brush, your toothbrush should be tilted at a 45 degree angle to your gum line. As you brush, be sure to remove debris from every surface of the teeth – including the backs of the teeth, near the gum line, and on chewing surfaces. It is also important to brush your tongue, as bacteria can accumulate there and cause malodorous breath.
Early treatment (starting at around the age of 7) to intercept or correct unfavorable jaw growth. The majority of patients undergoing orthodontic care are children and teens.
When kids are young, their jaws are constantly growing to accommodate new teeth. It is during this time that the teeth are easily moved, allowing for a shorter treatment time – especially in patients who undergo early treatment.
Braces, retainers, and spacers are just some of the orthodontic appliances commonly used in children’s orthodontics. Although not all kids need orthodontic treatment, all kids need exams at an early age.
Some signs that a child may eventually require orthodontic treatment include:
Only you and your dentist can determine whether braces are right for you. However, chances are you could benefit from treatment if your teeth are crooked, overlapping or protruding. Schedule an appointment with your dentist or orthodontist for more information.
You will have certain dietary restrictions with most types of braces except Invisalign. Some foods, such as hard, sticky and chewy foods, can have an adverse effect on braces and damage the brackets and wires. You will also need to make frequent office visits to have wires tightened. If you have Invisalign, there are no dietary restrictions, as the orthodontic trays are fully removable when eating. You’ll also be able to switch to a new Invisalign tray every few weeks without visiting your dentist.
When you have completed your treatment, you will have your braces removed and be given a retainer. The retainer must be worn at all times initially to help preserve the new placement of your teeth. As time progresses, you may be able to begin wearing your retainer only at night.
If you have crooked or crowded teeth that are embarrassing to you or otherwise preventing you from achieving optimal oral health, Invisalign could be the solution for you. Visit us for a complete consultation to find out if you could benefit from clear aligner orthodontics.
Optimal results are seen with wearing your aligners for 22 hours a day. You will remove them to eat, brush your teeth and to drink anything that is not water. Invisalign treatments are customized for each of our patients but most patients can achieve their ideal smiles within one to two years. During that time, you can expect to make occasional dental visits to monitor your progress.
Following your treatment, you will no longer need to wear Invisalign trays. However, you will need to wear retainers every night to help protect and maintain your new smile. It is also important to continue visiting your dentist for routine check-ups and twice-yearly cleaning.
If your child is at least 7 years old or is exhibiting any of the symptoms listed above, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Your child’s dentist can take steps to correct a bad bite, fill in gaps, and straighten the teeth all before your child reaches the teen years.
Your child’s first dentist screening will include a visual examination as well as maxillofacial x-rays. Your child’s dentist may also ask you questions about your child’s habits, such as thumb and finger-sucking. Based on the results of this analysis, the dentist will discuss options and timeframes for treatment if applicable.
Yes. If your child is fitted for a fixed orthodontic appliance, such as braces, you will need to follow careful instructions to ensure the device is not damaged or broken. This includes monitoring your child’s diet to ensure it does not include hard foods, candies, popcorn kernels, or anything else that could cause damage. You’ll also need to ensure your child properly brushings and flosses around the appliance to protect the teeth from decay during treatment.
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