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The Benefits of Orthodontics
by Dr. Michael Popp on Jan 23, 2015

Everyone wants their child to have a beautiful smile and the confidence to show it off. Orthodontics can help by correcting severely misaligned teeth which can cause a variety of problems, including speech issues, trouble chewing, grinding and clenching teeth, and fatigued jaws and headaches. Orthodontics can use several methods to help correct misaligned teeth including braces, Invisalign braces and retainers.

Braces

Braces involve the use of metal brackets, typically one for the top row of teeth and one for the bottom row, which are bonded directly to the front of each tooth using a specialized dental bonding agent or are attached using specialized orthodontic bands. Braces work by applying continuous pressure over a prolonged period of time to slowly move teeth in the desired direction. As the teeth move, the bone they are attached to changes shape, allowing the newly shifted teeth to stay in place.

Invisalign Braces

Invisalign braces are a fairly recent invention, and are toted as being a more comfortable and attractive alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign has several benefits over traditional braces, including the ability to be removed for better cleaning, reducing plaque and inflammation issues. However, because they are not bonded directly to the teeth they are not quite as effective at shifting teeth. Because of this a patient will often have to wear the Invisalign braces longer than if they had traditional braces, and some issues like abnormal bite may require traditional braces in order to be corrected.

Retainer

Retainers are custom made, removable appliances composed of metal and plastic or rubber that are typically used in two cases: To correct very minor orthodontic problems or to help teeth maintain their new position after braces have been removed. They typically need to be worn constantly for the first six months after braces have been removed, except while eating (for hygienic reasons). After that they typically need to be worn only while sleeping. However, this time frame varies from patient to patient, and is something you will need to consult with your dentist about.

So what are you waiting for? Let us help your child’s smile and grow their confidence. Call Marlborough Dental at 403.248.2066 today to book your child’s consultation appointment, and visit https://marlboroughdentalcentre.com for more information.


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