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When to See an Orthodontist

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You’ve been thinking about orthodontic treatment for yourself or someone else in your family? You are probably wondering: When is the right time to see an orthodontist? It’s an excellent question, and we have the answer to it. 

First reason why you should see an orthodontist: If you have any question about the alignment of your teeth, or the quality of your bite. Sometimes, a problem in this area is painfully obvious. If you have trouble biting, chewing or speaking, or some of your teeth are clearly protruding, crowded or misplaced, an orthodontist can surely treat the problem to help you regain a healthy smile.

Mouth breathing, clenching or grinding your teeth, and the inability to comfortably close your lips may also be signs that an orthodontic treatment is needed. If your jaws seem to frequently shift in position or make sounds as they move, you may need an appointment with an orthodontist.

Did you know that teeth that meet abnormally can even cause a facial imbalance (asymmetry)? No worries, this is a problem that can often be corrected by orthodontic treatment.

ORTHODONTICS FOR CHILDREN

We recommend a first orthodontic examination by the age of 7 for two very good reasons. At that age, not everyone has the same facial and teeth development so it takes an expert to tell if a child may actually have an orthodontic problem, or if it’s just a normal developmental variation. At that time, an orthodontist can also predict whether or not there will be adequate room in the mouth to accommodate the permanent teeth.

An early exam can help to prevent serious problems. Many conditions are far easier to treat if they’re caught at an early stage. However, if left untreated, oral surgery could later be required to correct a serious condition.

If you notice any of the symptoms below, it may be time to visit an orthodontist:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Sucking the thumb or fingers, or other oral habits
  • Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
  • Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or are recessed
  • Speech difficulty
  • Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
  • Facial imbalance or asymmetry (features out of
proportion to the rest of the face)
  • Grinding or clenching of teeth
  • Inability to comfortably close lips

Even if most patients may not require treatment at 7 years old, an orthodontist will normally monitor a child growth and development from that point on to ensure that he or she is on the right track. Sometimes, it is only the matter of removing a baby tooth at the right time that can make the whole difference and allow the permanent teeth to come in the proper position.

ORTHODONTICS FOR ADULTS

You know when your child needs an orthodontic exam. Now, how about you? Are you afraid of smiling because your smile isn’t as perfect as you want it to be? Know that orthodontic exams are not only for kids. We can help you get the smile you always dreamed of.

Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age. Plus, it’s now possible to have “Hidden” braces. Different type and brands exist and they all have their strength. From Incognito, Harmony to Forestadent 2D, there are so many options! You don’t want braces even if they are inside? There is always Invisalign as another solution. This is a series of aligners that you wear and change every 2 weeks to align your teeth.

So if you worry that metal braces might clash with your professional image, be sure that there are solutions and options so no one will know that you are “secretly” improving your smile unless you tell them!

Remember that a nice smile isn’t just about the look. Well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and maintain, and less subject to abnormal wear. A healthy smile keeps you from having trouble eating and speaking.

It is time for you to “Discover your smile!


Play It Safe – Sports and Braces

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It is important to protect the investment that you have made in your smile when actively participating in a contact sport. Taking special precautions such as wearing a mouthguard will help you avoid the complications that come with mouth injuries. The AGD estimates that mouthguards prevent more than 200,000 injuries each year.

Getting hit on the mouth or jaw can be a very painful experience, more so as an orthodontic patient as your teeth are already undergoing change and the impact could set back progress made with your orthodontist. A protective mouthguard is advised for playing sports such as hockey, rugby, ringuette, football and others. With the obvious tooth injury, there is also the financial pain that comes with needing an orthodontic device fixed. A mouthguard is a simple item that can save you the pain, time, and money that comes with dental injuries because of sports.

There are three kinds of mouthguards:

  • Custom-made: The best choice is a customized mouthguard made personally for you by your dentist or orthodontist. A custom mouthguard offers the best protection; fit and comfort level because it is made from a cast to fit your teeth.
  • Mouth-formed: These mouthguards come
    as a “boil-and-bite” product from sporting goods stores. The shell is lined with acrylic or rubber. They are first softened in water (boiled), and then placed in the mouth to adapt to the shape of the individual then allowed to set.
  • Stock: The lowest cost option is an item that can be bought “off the shelf” from a drug or sporting goods store. Pre-formed, this mouthguard does not always fit snuggly since adjustment is limited.

 

In addition to wearing all the safety gear you would typically wear such as; a helmet, protective eyewear, and a facemask orthodontic patients should be equipped with a mouthguard. In case of any accident involving the face, and teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, please schedule an appointment at our office. Have fun and be active, but please don’t forget about those pearly whites.


Top 5 Myths About Orthodontics

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A beautiful smile can be something very important for some people. With the progress of the technology, braces have become more common than ever. With the introduction of clear, colored and behind the teeth treatments, there is no better time to visit an orthodontist. Many people have opinions about orthodontists based on false information, and we’re here to debunk those myths! Here are the top 5 myths about orthodontics.

Myth #1 – I’m too old for orthodontics
A nice smile is important no matter what your age is. It’s never too late to perfect your smile so there is no age limit for orthodontic treatment! If you have any issues with your teeth or would like a straighter looking smile, never hesitate to reach for what you want!

Myth #2 – Orthodontics treatments take too long
Our treatments average out to 1 year. The amount of time depends on your age, your problem and the treatment technique that need to be used for you. Many other factors can also influence the time of your treatment but remember that the time can often be reduced with excellent patient cooperation. In the cases where treatment requires a few years, remember that it’s a short amount of time compared to a lifetime of beautiful looking teeth.

Myth #3 – Orthodontics can be painful
There is a big difference between discomfort and pain. Orthodontics has come a long way to minimize patient discomfort and it’s normal to feel discomfort during the first days. After a few days, the discomfort is short-lived after each adjustment appointment. Another thing to look out for with braces is discomfort due to the metal aspects of the braces. This can be greatly reduced with oral wax.

Myth #4 – A general dentist can do the same things than an orthodontist
Your family dentist is really good at what he’s doing but remember that an orthodontist has 2 or 3 years minimum of specialized training beyond dental school. An Orthodontist specializes in straightening teeth and insuring proper form and function of the mouth.

Our orthodontics specialist is Dr. Andrea Picard, a bilingual specialist who has been practicing in Ottawa since 2007. She is an active member of the Canadian Association of Orthodontists, American Association of Orthodontics, Canadian Dental Association, Ontario Association of Orthodontists, Ontario Dental Association as well as the Ottawa Dental Society.

Myth #5 – Traditional, metal braces are the only option.
Advances in orthodontic technology have rendered improved braces and other orthodontic appliances that are much less noticeable than the braces of yesteryear. At Wellington Village, we offer traditional metal braces, self-ligating metal braces, ceramic braces and invisible braces (Invisalign or hidden braces behind the teeth.)

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When you’re ready to take the next step toward orthodontic treatment, please contact us at (613) 722-8500 and get ready to discover your smile!


Fun Colour Schemes for Kids’ Braces

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As a parent, you know that braces are important for your child’s oral health, but getting them to understand that may be more difficult. If your child is resistant when it comes time to visit the orthodontist, you may be able to get them interested in the appointment by asking which colour they’d like to choose for their braces. Especially for younger children, the independence of being able to select a colour scheme for their braces can turn what they may perceive as a scary experience into something exciting. If you need ideas, please take a look at some of our suggested colour schemes below:

Holiday

If the time of your appointment matches up with a holiday season, different braces colours are a great way to get into the festive spirit! With Christmas coming up, red and green would be a great choice, or blue and white for Hanukkah. There are fun options for holiday colours almost any time of the year including Valentine’s Day in February, St. Patrick’s day in March and Canada Day in July. If you don’t want to commit to a colour that relates to just one day, why not match the season? A bright sunshine yellow for summer or cool blue for winter.

School Spirit

School spirit is in style any time of the year! What better way to show off your school or team colours than with your braces? Since school colours are generally quite basic, it is likely that your orthodontist will be able to match them closely to your braces. Be sure to give a big smile at any pep rallies or games! You could also use the colours of your favourite professional sports team.

Birthstone

Birthstones are a unique way to mark the month you were born. Jewelry with birthstones is very popular and your braces can also act as a fashionable accessory if you choose a colour inspired by your birthstone. While there may not be an exact match for some stones like pearl or opal, it is still lots of fun to choose a braces colour to represent your birthstone, especially during your birth month! You could also use a friend or family member’s birthstone to show that you are thinking of them. Create a new version of the friendship bracelet by alternating your braces colours between your birthstone and your best friend’s.

Choosing the colour for braces is definitely one of the most exciting parts of the process for kids and we hope our colour scheme ideas provide inspiration for you and your children. Let us know if you try any of them or if you have another suggestion! You can also visit our website to learn more about braces for children.

 

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