Orthodontics

According to the American Association of Orthodontics, the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. Your child will be evaluated by his or her pediatric dentist who is trained to identify malocclusions and inform you if and when orthodontic treatment is needed for your child. There are many benefits of receiving early orthodontic treatment. Some include preserving space for unerupted teeth, and creating room for crowded or malaligned teeth. In some cases, early orthodontic treatment can reduce the need for tooth removal later on. Our pediatric dentists can perform interceptive orthodontic treatment for your child, and inform you when your child should see an orthodontist.



Myobrace


Myobrace can be used for mild to moderate tooth movement in order to achieve the desired alignment, function and smile. The dentist will work with you to develop a treatment plan and a series of removable aligners will be used to achieve the desired result. Each aligner set is worn for approximately 2 weeks before the patient moves on the then next in the series. Each set of aligners gently guides the teeth into the desired position and alignment.


Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy


Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy is the treatment of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD). The prefix “myo” means muscle. Orofacial myofunctional disorders involve a variety of postural and functional disorders including sucking habits and inappropriate oral postures or functions of the muscles of the tongue, lips, jaw, and face. A common disorder familiar to the public is “tongue thrust”, where the tongue rests against or between the front or side teeth during swallowing rather than lifting up into the palate (roof of the mouth). Tongue thrusting frequently occurs with a low, forward resting posture of the tongue, with a lips apart posture. Just as the controlled continuous forces of orthodontic appliances (braces) can move teeth, abnormal postures and functions in the oral cavity can contribute to the development of dental malocclusions such as incorrectly positioned teeth, an improper bite relationship or other problems related to oral or facial muscle dysfunction or a malformation of the bones of the dental arches.

We now offer specialized therapy for correcting oral facial muscle imbalance that interferes with proper swallowing habits and tongue function. We also offer a “Thumbs Up” Program for those needing to break habits.


Early Treatment


A palatal expander, also know as a rapid palatal expander or palate expander is a common appliance used for patients who have a posterior crossbite. It is cemented on the upper teeth. There is a screw in the center that the patient turns to slowly widen the appliance. As the appliance widens, the crossbite is corrected. Patients will usually crank the appliance for 2-4 weeks, but it must remain in the mouth for 6-9 months.

Palatial Expander
Biobloc is an adjustable and removable appliance constructed of hard acrylic and arch wire that provides controlled arch expansion through the use of an adjustable centre screw. Biobloc is another form of a palatal expander.

Palatial Expander
A space maintainer is a metal appliance that is custom-made by your pediatric dentist. Its purpose is to keep the space open to allow the permanent tooth to erupt and come into place. Not every child who loses a baby tooth prematurely to dental decay requires a space maintainer. It is best to have a professional exam with a pediatric dentist to determine if a space maintainer is necessary. Baby teeth play an important role in the development of teeth, jaw bones and muscles and help guide the permanent teeth into position when the baby teeth are lost. If a space is not maintained, then teeth can shift into open space and orthodontic treatment may be needed. There are a few different types of space maintainers. Bilateral space maintainers are usually cemented with bands on the back teeth on both sides of the mouth. The bands are connected by a wire just behind the lower incisors. This can eliminate the need for two unilateral spacers. They are the most useful if there is more than one tooth missing.

Unilateral space maintainers are placed on one side of the mouth to hold space for one tooth. The space maintainer wraps around the outside of the tooth and is connected to a metal loop that holds the space intact.

Bilateral space maintainers are usually cemented with bands on the back teeth on both sides of the mouth. The bands are connected by a wire just behind the lower incisors. This can eliminate the need for two unilateral spacers. They are the most useful if there is more than one tooth missing.





Invisalign Teen aligners are made of a smooth, clear plastic that is virtually invisible! Your friends probably won’t even know you’re wearing them. In fact, they’re so comfortable, you may not even notice you’re wearing them either. Whether you’re taking pictures or just hanging out with friends, you’ll enjoy a better smile every day.


How Does Invisalign Teen Work?


  • A series of Invisalign® aligners are custom-made for you
  • Aligners gently and gradually move your teeth
  • Wear your aligners for 20-22 hours per day and only remove them for eating or drinking, brushing and flossing
  • Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks before moving onto the next set of aligners in your treatment plan
  • Visit us every 6-8 weeks

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