Is Accelerated Orthodontics for Me?

Is Accelerated Orthodontics for Me?

When you want to get your teeth straightened, there’s usually a nagging voice in the back of your head that already wants to know when the braces can come off. Braces are known to be a timely, and sometimes uncomfortable process, so a new school of thought has come about to combat the length of treatment. Accelerated orthodontics is a new method whose goal is to shorten the length of time needed to straighten the teeth. Some studied claim that accelerated orthodontics can reduce treatment time by between three and eight months.

Accelerated orthodontics require orthodontic devices (ie. Metal or ceramic braces, Invisalign, or lingual braces), and in some cases may also include a minor surgical procedure. The following are some of the currently used accelerated orthotics practices.

PROPEL System – this system follows the idea that creating a small amount of trauma to the mouth will stimulate bone growth, and aid in the braces moving the teeth more quickly. This means that before the braces are placed, an orthodontic surgeon shaves the gums and bones into a shape that allows the teeth to slide more easily into their desired positioning. Some research shows that this method can reduce treatment time by up to 50 percent.

AcceleDent – this system is similar to the PROPEL system but does not require the same amount of invasive surgery. Instead, it relies on a device that emits micro-pulses that encourage bone growth and help the teeth to move more quickly. The patient will wear a mouthpiece around the orthodontics and turns it on for 20 minutes per day. This is considered a safe method to accelerate treatment and is FDA approved.

The biggest reason that many patients opt for an accelerated method is to reduce treatment time – some are aiming to have their teeth straight by a specific day (for a wedding, or graduation for instance), and some would simply rather be done with braces as quick as possible. No matter the reason, accelerated orthodontics are a safe and efficient method for straightening your teeth.

What To Expect At Your First Orthodontic Appointment

orthodontist Surrey BCYour first consultation with an orthodontist, and certainly with an orthodontist at the Pacific West Dental, Surrey office, is likely to last at least an hour. This gives you plenty of time to ask questions and for us to gather and share information.

After talking with you and reviewing your past and present medical and dental history, we may proceed with determining what treatment is necessary to correct any problems. We’ll typically do this with a visual examination of your teeth and also by taking regular photographs. Taking these photographs might be accompanied by seeking other relevant information, such as taking radiographic (X-ray) images, which allow us see the position and growth of bones and joints, and teeth that are still below the gum line. At the completion of this stage, we’ll be able to provide you with a tentative treatment plan.

We may also take an impression (mold) of the teeth in order to make a custom replica of your bite. This model helps us to understand the problem and how best to treat it. Following this, we will perform a detailed analysis of the records and images in order to give you a final diagnosis.

The final thing that happens on your first visit to the orthodontist at Pacific West Dental, is the finalization of a treatment plan. At Pacific West Dental, we’ll explain the plan in detail, including a clear presentation of fees, dental payment plan options and possible appointment schedules. Note, however, that we may also be giving you the great news, that no treatment is necessary at that time. Do remember that you can ask questions at any stage of our first meeting at Pacific West Dental and while talking with an orthodontist. In both the Surrey and Vancouver offices, we encourage you to ask questions, as it’s an important part of determining a treatment that is right for you.

Maintaining Your Smile After Your Braces Come Off

Maintaining Your Smile After Your Braces Come Off

care after bracesStraight teeth and a beautiful smile are the desired result of any orthodontic treatment. After treatment is complete, it can be really exciting to be free of wires and brackets and eat previously forbidden foods. However, to maintain your new smile, there are precautions you should take to ensure that it lasts into adulthood.

Maintaining straight teeth can be a lifelong endeavour, as often your teeth will want to return to their original positions. After getting your braces off, wearing your upper and lower retainers as instructed by your orthodontist, is key on keeping your teeth in place. Cleaning your retainers as directed and storing them safely will help to keep them in good shape, and avoid any reason to stop wearing them.

If it seems like your teeth are shifting after your treatment is complete, make sure to contact your orthodontist for follow-up right away. It will be easier to correct the problem and come up with a solution before things shift too dramatically. If you end up losing an adult tooth later on in life, this can also cause your teeth to shift, drifting into the space that was left by the tooth.

Maintaining proper oral health throughout your life is the simplest way to prevent periodontal disease and or other oral health issues that can cause tooth loss. Careful brushing and flossing is the best way to take care of your new smile into adulthood.

Make sure to continue follow-up appointments with your orthodontist yearly, or as directed, after your treatment is complete. You may be required to wear your post-treatment retainer or other device indefinitely, and that also may change over time. At Pacific West Dental, we have been serving clients for over two decades in Surrey and Vancouver – we want you to maintain your new smile and are here to help you with the process.

What is the Trudenta process and how can it benefit me?

What is the Trudenta process and how can it benefit me?

trudenta surrey vancouverThe Trudenta process is comprised of an assessment process and a treatment process. A qualified Surrey orthodontist should conduct both of these processes.

To start Trudenta in Surrey/Vancouver, you must visit an orthodontist who will begin the as-sessment. This begins with a bite force analysis, which will reveal any imbalances in your jaw, and will create a 3D digital model of the way forces are at work inside your mouth.

Next, your Surrey orthodontist will perform a range of motion analysis, discovering any irregu-larities and showing where to focus treatment.

A headache history form helps in understanding your symptoms and creating a detailed, accurate diagnosis.

A muscular exam checks your face and neck for trigger points, which are knots and bands in your muscles that can trigger pain.

A head health questionnaire uncovers any previous trauma that could be affecting your oral health.

When you are ready for treatment through Trudenta in Surrey/Vancouver, there are four aspects to the process.

Ultrasound therapy works to return circulation to your muscles and break up scar tissue and ad-hesions. This helps with trigger points especially.

Trigger point therapy targets areas of the muscles that are causing pain, through manual stimulation of your muscles. This helps with tension and gives your orthodontist a better canvas for other rehabilitation processes.

Electrocurrent therapy uses a painless, low level current, applied to areas of pain and sensitivity. This helps soothe inflamed muscles and stimulates the nerves, while reducing lactic acid buildup that can cause problems.

Finally, low level cold laser treatment works to heal inflammation.

All of these therapies and assessment programs work together to address orthodontic issues at their root, and treat them in a long lasting manner, reducing pain and strain on your body.

Invisalign vs. Braces. Which is Right for You?

invisalign bracesWe all hope for a perfect smile and to be able to chew comfortably. A bite that’s askew can cause a lot of discomfort. Straight teeth can greatly improve quality of life. If you are seeking the guidance of an orthodontist in Vancouver you might wonder if Invisalign or braces are a better fit for your situation.

Your orthodontist office in Vancouver will be able to take your specific issues into consideration and make a recommendation, but these are some of the things they will think about:

Your budget. Depending on how much you have to spend, your orthodontist in Vancouver will recommend a treatment option that meets your treatment goals but stays within your price range.

Your specific needs. The complexity and nature of what you are trying to accomplish will dictate which treatment path will be most effective. Your dental history and existing dental work may impact which options are available to you. Ask your Vancouver orthodontist which choice is best for your specific cases.

Your lifestyle. Your daily activities and ability to adhere to the structure of the treatment plan will impact which option is best for you. Some sporting activities can make braces less practical, while those who consider themselves to be less disciplined may find sticking to wearing trays more difficult.

Your treatment time frame. The length of your treatment time may vary depending on the treatment option selected. Consult with your orthodontist in Vancouver as to how much time you have to reach your goals.

Your orthodontist in Vancouver will help you make a decision that will meet your specific needs. Whatever you decide, you will be well on your way to a perfect smile, comfortable chewing and a significantly better quality of life. Whether Invisalign or braces, your smile and comfort are about to improve.

How to Make Braces Safe for Athletes

Because of technological advances, braces today work faster and are more comfortable and inconspicuous than ever before. That doesn’t mean, however, that you don’t have to alter your behavior somewhat while in treatment. Certain foods like hard nuts or sticky caramel are best avoided while wearing braces. Likewise, when playing sports, you should be a little more careful than you might normally be. You have to protect your teeth from impacts and shocks. Otherwise, brackets can pop off or cut the insides of your mouth, and severed wires can cause even more damage.

Contact sports, in particular, require caution. Luckily, many of these sports already require helmets with full-facial guards as part of their standard equipment. A full-facial guard is the hard plastic piece that juts out in front of the mouth and protects the face from a direct impact of a ball or the body of another player, and if you play football, ice hockey, or lacrosse, you already wear one. For many sports that don’t require full-facial guards, shutterstock_104711387you are still highly encouraged to wear one if you have braces (and it’s a good idea to wear one in general). For example, sporting goods stores sell face guards designed especially for softball players. If you’ve ever been smacked in the face by a softball, you’ll know that they really aren’t all that soft. And similarly in baseball, face masks aren’t just for catchers. Other players can wear face guards too.

While a full-facial guard will provide broad protection from external forces, hard impacts and tackles can still cause injuries on the insides of your mouth. Mouth guards are the next line of defense against damage to your braces. They are particularly important in sports where full-facial guards would be out of place but where your braces are vulnerable to damage. This can be anything from basketball to soccer to gymnastics and tennis. Mouth guards are worn on inside your mouth to fit directly over your upper teeth, while dual-arch models also protect lower teeth.

Mouth guards are widely available at sporting goods stores, but they aren’t all the same. The “boil-and-bite” types are not recommended, because they can stick to brackets and pull them off when the guard is taken out of your mouth. Also be careful of guards that are designed to conform to your bite. After all, your bite will not stay the same while you’re in orthodontic treatment. A company called Shock Doctors makes a good line of mouth guards specifically made for athletes who wear braces. PacificWest Dental can make customized orthodontic mouth guards too.

Another way to protect your mouth from lacerations when playing sports is by using dental wax. OrthoSil Silicone Dental Wax is a good brand (which is really made of silicone). You can also try products made from actual wax or experiment with different brands to find one you like.

If you’re an athlete, wearing braces doesn’t mean you have to be stuck on the bench. Feel free to talk to Dr. Wang about the sports you play and what specific recommendations he has for you.

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