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Orthodontics

What are the Different Types of Braces?

Orthodontics is the dental specialty of changing the alignment of teeth and jaws. Now, thanks to modern dental techniques, there are a few options to choose from. Which type of orthodontics you choose can be a difficult decision and one that should be made with the help of an expert like the professionals at Apple Dental Care in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Orthodontic techniques are used to correct a variety of alignment problems with your teeth and jaws including:

  • Poorly aligned or crowded teeth
  • Spaces between teeth
  • An underbite caused when lower teeth protrude in front of upper teeth
  • An overbite caused when upper teeth bite over lower teeth
  • A crossbite caused when upper and lower jaws can’t close together
  • An open bite caused when upper and lower front teeth don’t bite together

Apple Dental Care offers full-service orthodontic treatments including conventional braces using wires and brackets. The brackets can be made of either metal or plastic, and the wires can be either metal or tooth-colored.

If you want an orthodontic treatment that is virtually invisible, Apple Dental Care also offers Invisalign, a process using clear plastic aligners which are changed every few weeks. You will visit Apple Dental Care every six weeks to monitor your progress.

Whichever orthodontic treatment you choose, keeping your mouth clean is very important and that’s why the professionals at Apple Dental Care will provide you with the tools to maintain your mouth to give you a healthy and beautiful outcome. At Apple Dental Care in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, be assured you will receive the best care available to give you the result you want, straight teeth and a beautiful smile. So, if you want straight teeth, don’t wait! Call today and get started on your new smile!

Children’s Orthodontics

Early Treatment for Orthodontic Problems

Solve Problems Early.

Some children do not have enough room for all of their adult teeth to come in properly.  Commonly they may have a narrow upper jaw and an underdeveloped lower jaw. We use functional appliance therapy to create space for the adult teeth and to help the upper and lower jaws grow in harmony.

Benefits of early orthodontics treatmentsigns you need braces

  • less likely to require extraction of permanent teeth
  • proper airway development
  • elimination of oral habits
  • improved speech
  • improved facial profile and self-esteem
  • creates room for the tongue
  • eliminates headaches and earaches

Common Concerns about Orthodontics

Aesthetic and Comfort Issues

Advances in technology have vastly improved appearance issues with orthodontia.

Braces today are made from extremely lightweight and natural-colored materials. The materials that braces attach to-brackets-are bonded to the surfaces of teeth but can be later removed.

People can expect to wear braces for about two years—less or more in some cases. Adults are usually required to wear braces for longer periods of time.

Because orthodontic appliances need to be adjusted from time to time to ensure they continue to move the teeth into their correct position, they can create pressure on the teeth and jaws. This mild discomfort usually subsides following each orthodontia adjustment.

Hygiene Issues

People who wear braces must be diligent in ensuring that food particles and other debris do not get trapped in the network of brackets and wires. In addition, brackets can leave stains on enamel if the area surrounding them is not cleaned on a daily basis.

Daily oral hygiene such as brushing, flossing and rinsing are a necessity. Some people with orthodontic appliances can benefit from using water picks, which emit small pressurized bursts of water that can effectively rinse away such debris.

Another caveat: Braces and sticky foods don’t mix. Crunchy snacks and chewy substances should be avoided at all costs because they can cause orthodontia to be loosened or damaged.

Space Maintainers

Space maintainers are helpful dental devices that can help teeth grow in normally following premature tooth loss, injury or other problems.

The devices can help ensure that proper spaces are maintained to allow future permanent teeth to erupt.

If your child loses a baby tooth early through decay or injury, his or her other teeth could shift and begin to fill the vacant space. When your child’s permanent teeth emerge, there’s not enough room for them. The result is crooked or crowded teeth and difficulties with chewing or speaking.