Sunday, August 20, 2017

Orthodontics

Dento-Facial Orthopedics & Orthodontics for Children and Adults

Make a Good First Impression
Smiles are a big part of our identity, how we feel about ourselves and how others perceive us.
"We live in a very image-conscious society and impressions are made within a few seconds. Straightening teeth makes a difference and can ultimately make or break your chances of getting certain opportunities."
— Mark Montano, host of TLC's, 10 Years Younger
 
Improve your Health

A nice smile is not only beautiful, it also promotes good health:
  • Straight and evenly spaced teeth are easier to keep clean, resulting in better oral health
  • Properly aligned teeth chew more efficiently, which may help digestion
  • Aligned teeth create a better bite, which may reduce stress, headaches, and strain on your supporting bone and tissue and TM Joints.
  • Developing small jaws at an early age will limit ear infections, promote nasal breathing and lead to well balanced faces.

 

Other benefits include:
  • Confidence to excel in school, work and personal life
  • A broader smile and enhanced facial features
  • Clearer speech for interviews, public speaking, etc

 

Dento-Facial Orthopedics focuses on the development of both the upper and lower jaws, the face and the airway. It also looks at habits, swallowing patterns and breathing. Properly developed jaws lead to well-balanced faces and healthy airways. Children should be screened from age 4 onwards to determine the need for early interceptive therapy. This will prevent later problems in life and possibly even the need for braces. Treatment involves the use of removable or fixed oral appliances. The success of treatment relies heavily on the patient to wear these appliances full-time and is usually removed for eating and oral hygiene only. Typical treatment varies between 6 and 12 months.

 

 

 

 

Fixed wire therapy (braces) should only be considered once the patient has stopped growing. It has little attachments on all the teeth with a special wire running through it from side to side. Conventional brackets are silver, but there are also more aesthetic clear brackets if deemed necessary. 

 

 

 

 

Clear aligner systems use a series of plastic trays to straighten your teeth. It is virtually invisible and is very popular for adult treatment. Sometimes we might have to do some pre-treatment creating the space needed to move teeth into its ideal position. We will assess your situation and determine if you are a good candidate. If not, we will recommend the most appropriate therapy for you.

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