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Achieve a Beautiful Smile with Treatment for Orthodontics in Cranbrook

 

At Cranbrook Family Dental, we provide orthodontics to people of all ages to enhance their smile and oral health. Having straight beautiful teeth can provide many lifetime benefits, no matter if you’re young or old. Orthodontics is helpful for those who have malocclusion (misaligned teeth) or who want to improve their smile. The treatment can: 

 

  • straighten the misaligned teeth 
  • close the gaps between teeth 
  • ensure that the jaw is properly aligned with the teeth 

If you have been looking for dependable orthodontics in Cranbrook, get in touch with us today. 

 

WHAT IS ORTHODONTICS? 


Specifically, orthodontics is the dental specialty that focuses on the development, prevention and correction of irregularities of the teeth, bite and jaws. According to the Canadian Association of Orthodontists, every child should see an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7. Improve your bite and the alignment of your teeth by booking a consultation at Cranbrook Family Dental. 

 WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?

 

The benefits of orthodontic treatment can truly last a lifetime making it a great investment at any age.  Some of these benefits include:

  • Positive psychological effects:It can have a very positive impact on the way you feel about yourself. Your self-esteem in daily life will grow and you will feel more confident about interacting with others and increasing your circle of friends. 

  • Healthier teeth and gums:This is possible since straight teeth eliminate the hard-to-reach places in your mouth that are tough to brush and floss. This can reduce your risk of developing cavities and periodontal (gum) disease over time.

  • Alignment of your jaws and bite:Orthodontics can improve your jaw and bite alignment that improves their ability to chew and function properly. The proper function of this complex system of jaw joints and muscles allow them to work in harmony and comfort.

  • Reduced wear and tear of your teeth: Wear and tear can cause weak, fragile, severely worn, or even broken teeth as well as the loss of supporting bone and gum tissue caused by unhealthy amounts of forces or stress placed on them. Orthodontics can help reduce that.

Improve your bite with braces

Orthodontics can treat a wide range of dental problems and in most cases, completely realign the teeth.  Orthodontists may work in combination with a maxillofacial surgeon to correct one’s overbite. The typical irregularities requiring orthodontic treatments:

  • Overcrowding: An overcrowded mouth means there is insufficient space within the jaw for all of the adult teeth to fit naturally.  Overcrowding may lead to displaced, rotated or completely misaligned teeth.
  • Overbite: An overbite refers to the protrusion of the maxilla (upper jaw) relative to the mandible (lower jaw).  An overbite gives the smile a “toothy” appearance and the chin looks like it has receded.
  • Underbite: An underbite, also known as a negative underjet, refers to the protrusion of the mandible (lower jaw) in relation to the maxilla (upper jaw).  An underbite makes the chin look overly prominent. Developmental delays and genetic factors generally cause underbites and overbites.

The Process of Orthodontic Treatment 

With the help of a simple check-up, our dentists at Cranbrook Family Dental will let you know if you require orthodontics. If so, they will study your dental history and take X-rays of your teeth. Based on the evidence, they will suggest a treatment plan best suited for you.  
 
Treatment plans consist of using orthodontic appliances, either fixed braces or removable aligners, to help straighten your teeth. Other devices, such as orthodontic elastics, may be used to straighten the jaw. You will receive a set of instructions for proper maintenance. The average period of time for wearing fixed braces is between 1 and 3 years, but you may need them for a shorter amount of time. After the treatment, you will get the desired result: a beautiful, sweet smile. At this point, the orthodontist may suggest that you wear a removable retainer to ensure that the teeth do not begin to shift back to their original positions. 

 

ARE ORTHODONTICS SAFE?


Yes, orthodontics is generally considered safe when performed by a qualified and experienced orthodontist. Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities, primarily related to teeth alignment and bite correction.

Here are some key points regarding the safety of orthodontics in Cranbrook:

 

  • Professional expertise: Orthodontic treatment should be carried out by a licensed orthodontist who has undergone extensive education and training in this field. Orthodontists at Cranbrook Family Dental possess the knowledge and skills necessary to diagnose orthodontic issues accurately and develop appropriate treatment plans.
     

  • Individualized treatment: Each patient's orthodontic treatment is tailored to their specific needs. Before starting any treatment, a thorough examination is conducted, which may include dental records, X-rays, and digital scans. This comprehensive assessment allows the orthodontist to determine the best approach for correcting the patient's dental and facial irregularities.
     

  • Modern techniques and technology: Advancements in orthodontic techniques and technology have greatly enhanced treatment outcomes and patient comfort. Orthodontists use state-of-the-art tools, such as digital imaging, 3D models, and computer simulations, to plan and execute orthodontic treatment with precision.
     

  • Non-invasive procedures: Orthodontic treatment primarily involves non-invasive procedures. The most common method is the use of braces, which apply gentle pressure to gradually move teeth into proper alignment. Other treatment options, such as clear aligners (e.g., Invisalign), also focus on non-invasive tooth movement. In certain cases, orthodontic appliances or surgical interventions may be necessary, but these are typically performed by experienced professionals.
     

  • Regular monitoring: During orthodontic treatment, patients have regular check-ups with their orthodontist to monitor progress, make adjustments, and ensure the treatment is progressing as planned. These follow-up appointments are crucial for maintaining the safety and effectiveness of the treatment.
     

  • Potential risks and side effects: Like any medical or dental procedure, orthodontic treatment carries some potential risks and side effects. These can include temporary discomfort or soreness, mouth ulcers, soft tissue irritation, and minor changes in speech. However, with proper care, these issues are typically temporary and easily manageable.

It's important to note that individual factors, such as pre-existing dental conditions or general health, can affect the safety and suitability of orthodontic treatment. Therefore, it's essential to consult with an orthodontist who will conduct a thorough evaluation of your specific case and provide personalized recommendations.
 

Overall, orthodontic treatment has a long history of successful outcomes and can greatly improve oral health, aesthetics, and overall well-being. By choosing a qualified orthodontist at Cranbrook Family Dental and following their guidance, you can undergo orthodontic treatment with confidence, knowing that your safety and oral health are prioritized throughout the process. Our complete range of dental services also includes restorative dentistry, sedation dentistry, implants, bridges and more.

FAQ

Do I really need braces? 
If your orthodontist or dentist recommends braces, you probably need them. Getting braces is not just about a better smile: it can prevent dental and jaw issues later in life. Investing in a beautiful new smile is important. 
 
How do I take care of my braces? 
Brushing with braces isn’t hard, but is important. Your orthodontist will give you instructions for brushing your teeth several times each day and for flossing. You’ll get the hang of it. 
 
What are the do’s and don’ts of wearing braces? 
Choose softer foods. Avoid sticky, hard or crunchy foods such as bubble gum and hard candy. For your appointment days, take soup, pasta or other gentle foods that don’t require much chewing

 

We're Here to Help

It is often the case that children – and adults! – need braces to correct their bad bites or misaligned teeths. There are a number of different types of bad bites, such as overbites, cross bites, overjet, and more. Luckily, at Cranbrook Family Dental we assist you in finding the right solution for your or your child’s teeth.

 

Contact us today to book an examination or appointment!

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