At your first visit we will give you all the relevant information for your orthodontic treatment. We will take a digital panoramic x-ray, using technology that greatly reduces radiation, to allow us to detect bone or dental problems well as the condition of your jaw.
Then we can discuss all your treatment options, the orthodontic appliances used and the treatment duration. We will inform you about the fees and terms of payment. As you will see, the costs of orthodontic treatments are spread out over a long period of time, to make payments easier to handle. You can also obtain tax deductions for medical and dental care.
If your child does not require immediate care, they will be placed on our recall list to regularly check their dental and skeletal development and determine the best time for treatment, if treatment is necessary.
If treatment is recommended, a second visit will allow us to collect all the data to determine the best treatment plan to correct the malocclusion. We take photos inside and outside the mouth and facial x-rays as well as take hand-articulated casts and/or an intraoral scan showing size and relationship to the dentition.
We can then, at the next visit, explain your or your child’s orthodontic treatment and the related process in detail so that all is well understood. We can then begin the orthodontic treatment.
Oral Orthodontic Braces:
These are the most frequently used. They are easy to clean and can even be used with colored elastic bands for fun.
These braces can be metallic or transparent. Transparent braces are made of ceramic and do not change color. They are more discreet than metal braces.
With this type of braces, the orthodontic brackets are placed on the lingual surface (inner surface) of the teeth, where they are completely invisible. They are tailor-madeto the shape of the tooth, thus increasing comfort. The wires are also custom made to promote more efficient tooth movement.
These appliances are very aesthetic and allow you to get an orthodontic treatment that is not visible.
In-Ovation Lingual Appliances:
These lingual brackets allow us to make minor corrections to the upper and/or lower anterior teeth, when minimal tooth movement is required. They allow us to make minor corrections over a short period of time. This appliance is not visible.
Invisalign Type Transparent Aligners:
These clear aligners are almost invisible and allow us to move the teeth. Each new aligner enables progressive dental correction. These aligners need to be replaced every 2 to 3 weeks.
For best results, they must be worn 24 hours a day except for meals. They are comfortable, easy to remove, allow for easier dental hygiene. For optimal results, all patients wearing aligners must show excellent compliance.
There are different types of orthodontic appliances that allow us create space or change the shape of the jaws. The most known is the palatal expansion appliance. This orthodontic appliance allows us to expand the palate in children to better coordinate both upper and lower jaws. It also creates space for the adult dentition. There are other appliances that will help us correct the relationship of the upper and lower jaw when one jaw is under developed for example.
Orthodontics is a constantly evolving field. We have always been at the cutting edge of technology to offer you the best, most appropriate care for your needs.
The use of fixed appliances (braces) bonded to the teeth is still one of the most reliable and effective techniques used in orthodontics. There are many types of braces that allow us to meet your needs. Whether they are clear, metal, self-ligating or lingual, they will allow us create a magnificent smile that’s as beautiful as it is functional.
Using software such Insignia, for example, allows us to visualize the required orthodontic movements in three dimensions, to make custom attachments based on the shape of the teeth in order to achieve optimal results.
There are also the transparent Invisalign type aligners that allow us to do tooth movement a few millimeters at a time. We can offer you this beautiful smile without the use of fixed orthodontic appliances. The treatment simulation is achieved using a computer program that allows us to visualize all the movements of the teeth, step by step. This treatment simulation can then be adjusted by the orthodontist to his satisfaction then the aligners will be fabricated on a 3-D printer.
The aligners are usually changed every two to three weeks. The frequency of the visits to our office will be every 6 to 8 weeks allow us to make the necessary adjustments and verify the progression of the treatment.
We also use temporary anchorage devices for stabilization of teeth. They are defined as implants that are removed after being used for anchorage. These temporary anchorage devices (TADS) allow us to achieve dental movements that would not otherwise be possible. Some examples, they enable us to stabilize a dental segment while moving other teeth, to close an edentulous space, to reposition teeth that are in an undesirable position. The main objective of using TADS is to facilitate orthodontic tooth movement.
Finally, intra-oral imaging cameras (intraoral scan) allow us to obtain a three-dimensional image of the mouth. This technique is used to help us better analyze malocclusions. It also allows us to use simulation software to study possible corrections. It frequently replaces dental impressions and above all allows us fast and efficient production of Invisalign type aligners.
All these technologies allow us to offer the best treatment for your needs and to achieve your entire satisfaction.
Invisalign is an orthodontic technique that consists of a series of transparent trays allowing a progressive alignment of the teeth. This technology can be used to treat most adults and teenagers, but a good diagnosis must be made before, in order to establish whether or not Invisalign is the best approach for you.
This technique is discreet, almost invisible, and comfortable. The trays are removable, dental hygiene is, therefore, easier and food restrictions are reduced to a minimum. The dental movements are made thanks to the pressures made by the tray as well as by the small discreet ties placed on your teeth to which the tray clings.
The total number of trays and the treatment time vary depending on the complexity of the malocclusion. Often, the patient will require two, sometimes three, sets of trays to achieve the desired dental movement. Each tray is worn full-time for two weeks, except during meals. Audit visits to the clinic generally occur every 8 to 10 weeks to ensure proper progression of treatment and to make adjustments if that is necessary.
Traditional orthodontic fixed appliances are still considered to be the most efficient and versatile correction devices in orthodontics. These transparent braces are a more aesthetic option to metal brackets for teenagers and adults.