Orthodontic Appliance Information
Everyone deserves a beautiful smile. Overbites, overcrowded teeth, and other problems can be detrimental to the functioning bite and long-term health of your child’s teeth. Our certified specialists in Orthodontics, at PDG Dental, can evaluate when to begin orthodontic treatment to give your child the most beautiful and healthy smile for the rest of their life.
Early (Phase 1) Orthodontic Treatment
It’s recommended that children see an orthodontist for their first orthodontic exam no later than the age of 7. Focusing on structural jaw issues like underbites and overbites, crowding or protruding teeth are easier to correct at a younger age while children are still growing. This is considered “phase 1” or “early treatment.” Proactive early treatment can make phase 2 treatment more predictable, easier to complete, and potentially shorter in length.
Full (Phase 2) Orthodontic Treatment
“Full treatment,”also called “phase 2 treatment,” consists of making the refining corrections to complete the treatment plan. There a few options available to consider; the traditional option being metal braces, then ceramic or clear braces, and Invisalign.
Traditional Metal Braces
Braces are attached to the teeth via archwires and elastics that apply light, steady, and continuous pressure to your teeth in order to slowly and safely straighten them. We use Dentsply GAC In-Ovation Systems, offering metal and clear braces. Traditional metal braces are the most economical option, best for partial and full orthodontic treatment, and can be personalized with coloured bands to make it more exciting for kids.
Clear braces work similarly to metal braces, in their precision, with the added aesthetic benefit of being significantly less noticeable than metal ones.
Invisalign, the more modern way of straightening teeth without the use of elastics, wires, or metal brackets! The nearly invisible plastic mouth guard-like aligners are custom made to gradually and gently shift teeth into their desired place. Contrasting to braces, Invisalign aligners are easily removable and allow the user to eat and drink whatever he/she wants. A perfect choice for those who want to achieve a great smile with the least noticeable solution. This is more applicable for teen or adult treatment plans as they require more responsibility from the patient to ensure consistency of use.