As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we’re slowly moving into a routine that keeps patients and staff safe. One key part of reopening our offices is the virtual orthodontic appointment. We’ll use the power of a virtual tool called Orthodontic Screening Kit to perform consultations for both new and existing patients.
Patients with missing teeth who also want to align their smiles may need to get both braces and dental implants. In these cases, we would look at the patient’s specific needs to determine the order in which our team would provide the treatment. However, for the majority of patients, we would put in braces and
Your first consultation with your orthodontist will include a thorough exam, a discussion of your dental history, X-rays, and a digital scan of your teeth. This gives the doctor a digital replica of your teeth and helps the doctor determine what braces will work best for you. After that, you might wonder – how are
All orthodontists are dentists, which means they have the same training as any other dentist. But an orthodontist takes on a special role in diagnosing and correcting teeth misalignments. They have gone through extra years of schooling and training to be able to perform the specific job of straightening teeth. Being a dentist means that
In order to make a thorough and accurate orthodontic diagnosis, records are required. By law, all practitioners have to have a record of the patient’s teeth BEFORE they start orthodontic treatment and AFTER they are finished. At our office, these consist of head x-ray, panoramic x-ray, study models (scans of the teeth), and photographs of
Rubber bands or elastics are used by orthodontists to help the braces (traditional metal and even Aligners) do their job. These bands attach themselves to the little hooks on traditional brace work (or slots cut into aligners), adding extra force. While they’re small, the force they exert helps move the teeth into proper alignment, closing
Orthodontics (braces or aligners) can be an expensive treatment, and this puts them out of reach in the minds of many Canadians who might not have the right insurance coverage. If you’re one of them, you should know what your individual needs are, and based on those needs, what best treatment plan options are available
An impaction is a “condition of being firmly lodged or wedged in such a way that further tooth eruption is prevented.” Canine teeth, in particular, are quite prone to becoming impacted. Usually the exact cause of an impacted tooth is not known. The guidance system of the developing tooth simply malfunctions and the tooth begins