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Types of Orthodontic Treatment Early orthodontic treatment (also known as “interceptive orthodontic treatment” or “Phase 1” treatment) is a type of orthodontic intervention for our young patients. The aim of Phase 1 treatment is to create a better environment for incoming adult teeth. Some examples are the insertion of a habit breaker for a patient with a thumb-sucking habit or the expansion of a narrow upper jaw to eliminate a lower jaw shift. If left untreated, these functional problems result in skeletal deformation of jaws, which is more difficult to correct in the teenage years.    Comprehensive orthodontic treatment is treatment for patients who are in late mixed dentition (almost all adult teeth are in the mouth) or permanent dentition (no baby teeth present) stages. For misaligned teeth in patients with good facial proportions, braces or clear aligners are the go-to orthodontic appliances. If improvement of jaw misalignment is desired, then growth modification appliances such a
Why do some children require orthodontic treatment before all of the permanent teeth erupt? This is why we recommend early treatment for certain orthodontic problems: -	Guiding erupting adult teeth into more favourable positions -	Preserving or gaining arch space for incoming adult teeth -	Reducing risk of fracture of protruded upper teeth -	Eliminating jaw shift that may result in asymmetric jaw growth Early treatment generally reduces the complexity of comprehensive treatment in teenage years.
Clear Aligners – Invisalign - Instructions Clear aligners are custom orthodontic appliances and work beautifully when these instructions are followed:  1) Wear your aligners full time – that is 22 hours per day. 2) Remove your aligners when you are eating and/or drinking. Only water is allowed with your aligners. 3) Keep your aligners clean by brushing them with a toothbrush before putting them in your mouth. 4) Keep good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. 5) Do not miss your orthodontic appointments - the frequency of your orthodontic visits is customized for your unique needs.  6) Accept the aligners as part of your daily routine. The improvement of your bite depends on your compliance.
Initial consultation appointment In our office, we offer a complimentary initial consultation to our patients. You do not need a referral to book an appointment with our clinic. The initial consultation is a 40 minute appointment where we get to know you. We take extra-oral (outside of mouth, ie. photographs of the face) and intra-oral (inside of mouth, i.e. photographs of the teeth and gums) photographs and provide an in-person comprehensive orthodontic examination. In some cases, we take necessary x-rays and/or a digital scan of your bite. Then we review the clinical exam findings together. Our aim is to provide answers to all your questions about orthodontic treatment.
At what age should a child have their first orthodontic screening? The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child’s first visit to an orthodontist takes place at the age of 7. At this age, early detection of orthodontic problems is possible. Orthodontic treatments provided at this time focus on guiding the eruption of permanent teeth and the growth of upper and lower jaws. The need for comprehensive orthodontic treatment is assessed once the patient is in late mixed (almost all adult teeth are in the mouth) or permanent dentition (no baby teeth present).
Types of Passive Orthodontic Appliances – RETAINERS After orthodontic treatment has completed, there is a tendency for teeth to return back to their pre-treatment positions. To prevent this, a combination of fixed and removable retainers is used to stabilize the orthodontic treatment outcome. The fixed retainer is a simple wire that is glued behind the front teeth. It could be placed only on the lower front teeth or both the upper and lower teeth. The patient is not able to remove this type of retainer. Certain tooth movements are best stabilized by this type of retainer. Removable retainers are fabricated at dental labs. Patients are required to wear them full time except when eating or brushing. The individual retention protocol is case specific and must be adhered to completely for stable results.
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