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Orthodontic Dentistry Services

Orthodontic dentistry is a specialty field of dentistry that treats dental and facial irregularities. Braces, clear aligners, and other appliances can be used to adjust the alignment of teeth and jaws. In this article we'll look at the process, advantages, and history behind orthodontic dentistry as well as maintenance.

Orthodontic Treatment Process

What happens during orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment usually entails several steps:

    Consultation - The initial step in orthodontic treatment is a consultation with an orthodontist. During this appointment, they will assess the patient's dental and facial structure to determine the most suitable course of action.

    Diagnosis - Once an orthodontist has assessed a patient's dental and facial structure, they will make a diagnosis and devise a treatment plan. This may involve taking x-rays or other diagnostic tests to gain more insight into the patient's dental and facial structure.

    Treatment - The next phase in orthodontic treatment is the actual treatment phase. This may involve using braces, clear aligners, or other appliances to gradually shift teeth and jaws into their desired positions. The length of time required depends on how severe the dental and facial irregularities are as well as which type of treatment is being utilized.

    Maintenance - After orthodontic treatment is complete, patients must wear a retainer to secure the teeth's position and prevent them from shifting back to their original alignment.

    Orthodontic Treatment's Benefits

    Are you considering orthodontic treatment? Here are some of the potential advantages.

    Orthodontic treatment has many advantages for individuals with dental and facial irregularities. Some of the advantages of orthodontic treatment include:

    • Orthodontic Treatment Can Enhance Appearance - Orthodontic treatment can enhance the teeth and facial structure, leading to greater confidence and self-esteem.
    • Orthodontic Treatment Can Improve Oral Health - Orthodontic treatment can also benefit oral health by making brushing and flossing easier, decreasing the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems.

    • Orthodontic Treatment Can Improve Bite - Orthodontic treatment can enhance the bite, making it simpler to chew and speak.
    • Reduced Risk of Trauma - Dental and facial irregularities can increase the potential for trauma to teeth and jaws. Orthodontic treatment can reduce this likelihood by improving alignment between the teeth and jaws.
    • Reduced Risk of Sleep Apnea - Orthodontic treatment can also help to reduce the likelihood of sleep apnea by realigning jaws and creating an airway that is clear during REM sleep.

    Types Of Orthodontics

    Orthodontic treatment can be used to address malocclusion or an improper bite. Today, there are various orthodontic treatments available to address these issues. Here are some of the most popular ones:

    • Traditional Braces - Traditional braces consist of metal brackets and wires attached to the teeth. The orthodontist adjusts these wires periodically in order to gradually shift the teeth into their correct positions.
    • Ceramic Braces - Ceramic braces function similarly to traditional braces, but are made of clear or tooth-colored brackets and wires that are less visible than metal braces.
    • Lingual Braces - Lingual braces are similar to traditional braces, except they are placed on the back of teeth instead of their front, making them less visible.
    • Self-Ligating Braces - Similar to traditional braces, self-ligating braces use a special clip instead of elastic bands for holding the wire in place. This reduces friction between the wire and brackets, providing for more comfortable treatment and fewer visits to the orthodontist.
    • Invisalign - Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional braces. It uses a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually shift your teeth into their proper positions.
    • Invisalign has revolutionized Orthodontic care. They are easy to clean, comfortable and help you feel confident in your smile! At Monterey Dental Centre, NE Calgary, we are certified providers of Invisalign.

    • Palatal Expanders - Palatal expanders are used to widen the upper jaw and create space for crowded teeth. They're commonly prescribed to children and worn for several months at a time.
    • Headgear - Headgear can be used to correct severe overbite or underbite by applying pressure to the teeth and jaws. It typically needs to be worn for several hours each day.
    • Surgery - In certain instances, braces may require surgery to address more severe jaw or bite issues.

    Each type of orthodontic treatment has its own advantages and drawbacks, so consulting an orthodontist to determine the most suitable course of action is key.

    Overall, orthodontic treatment can significantly enhance the aesthetic and functional attributes of teeth and jaws, as well as promote better oral health. Nowadays, there are various types of braces available to suit different needs and lifestyles - resulting in a healthy, beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime!

    Orthodontic Dentistry in History

    Orthodontic dentistry has been around for millennia, though the techniques and methods have evolved significantly over time. In ancient times, people would use materials like animal intestines or precious metals to straighten their teeth.

    Orthodontic dentistry took root in the 18th century with French dentist Pierre Fauchard's invention of the first orthodontic appliance. Over subsequent centuries, other dentists and orthodontists continued to perfect techniques and devices for correcting dental and facial irregularities.

    Orthodontic treatment has become a widely accepted part of dental offices and plays an essential role in maintaining good oral hygiene.

    Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene During Orthodontic Treatment

    It is essential to practice good oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment in order to maximize its success and avoid oral health issues. Here are some tips for maintaining excellent oral hygiene during braces:

    • Brushing - Brush your teeth at least twice daily with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste, using gentle pressure to avoid damaging any brackets or wires.
    • Maintain Your Teeth With Flossing - At least once daily, floss your teeth using an orthodontic floss threader to get under the wires and brackets. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth and braces.
    • Rinsing with Water After Eating - After eating, rinse your mouth with water to help remove any food particles that may have become stuck in the braces or wires.
    • Orthodontic Wax - Orthodontic wax can be used to cover any sharp edges or wires that could cause mouth irritation.
    • Eating a Balanced Diet - Eating a balanced diet that is low in sugar and high in nutrients can help protect against tooth decay and other oral health issues.
    • Avoiding Certain Foods During Orthodontic Treatment - Certain foods should be avoided during orthodontic treatment, such as hard, sticky and crunchy items that could damage the braces or wires.
    • Attending Regular Check-Ups With the Orthodontist - Regular visits with your orthodontist are essential for monitoring progress during treatment and making necessary adjustments if needed.
    • Wearing a Retainer After Orthodontic Treatment Is Complete - Once your orthodontic treatment is complete, wearing a retainer is essential to maintain the position of the teeth and prevent them from shifting back into their original positions. Your orthodontist will provide specific instructions regarding how often and for how long to wear the retainer.

    By following these tips, patients can ensure the success of their orthodontic treatment and maintain good oral health. It's essential to remember that orthodontic treatment is a long-term commitment and necessitates patience and dedication in order to see desired results.


    Do I need to have my teeth removed for successful treatment?

    This necessity is typically quite rare, so depending on your individual case, teeth extraction may be necessary to make enough room for your treatment to work properly. However, this will be thoroughly discussed with you by your Monterey Dental dentist.

    At what age should my child be examined for Orthodontic care?

    If you feel your child might require orthodontic care, we suggest booking a complimentary consultation with Monterey Dental Centre. Treatment requirements all depend on the development stage of your child’s teeth, which progresses differently for each person.

    Does my insurance cover Orthodontic care?

    Typically, orthodontic care is covered under most dental coverage plans. However, we strongly recommend that you check with your insurance provider for the details specific to your plan. Our dental administration team is happy to answer any questions you may have about payment and insurance. Please be aware that Orthodontic work does not qualify for direct billing and is non-assignment.

    We hope you’ll take the first step towards your straighter, healthier teeth, and a spectacular smile by booking your consultation at Monterey Dental Centre today. Our team is here to answer all of your Orthodontic and Invisalign questions and concerns and to handle all of your family dentistry needs in NE Calgary.


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