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Improve Your Smile With Orthodontics in Winnipeg, MBTraditional Orthodontics vs. Invisalign at Lakewood Dental Centre Read Transcript
The orthodontics that we do that is fixed has many advantages to it, but the Invisalign has been a great product and it does a good service for the correct person and the correct patient. They really need to be committed to the process. They need to understand that it is highly dependent upon them for success. The fixed part, the patient doesn't have much choice on it. We have control over the tooth movement, we have control over what is occurring, and for the right individual, the Invisalign works, but it doesn't work for everybody. And for those people that don't follow the rules, it doesn't work. Having said that, they're doing more and more. It's one of those things that has gained in popularity and has also gained in its ability to do different things that it wasn't able to do many years ago. So it is a type of thing that says patient selection is important but also patients' expectations and their degree of participation are important to get a good result.
Dr. Rose Dhillon and Dr. Doug McDermid are general dentists who offer orthodontics in Winnipeg, MB. If you have a misaligned bite or crooked teeth, you could be an ideal candidate for braces or other orthodontic treatment.
To schedule an orthodontic consultation for you or your child, call Lakewood Dental Centre at (204) 977-8515. We offer traditional braces, clear orthodontic aligners, and short-term orthodontics.
Orthodontic Treatment Improves Your Bite
Orthodontic treatment seeks to improve a bad bite. A bad bite, or malocclusion, is when the bottom teeth and upper teeth don’t line up properly. It can be genetic or the result of an extended period of thumb sucking.Doctor Doug McDermid on orthodontics Read Transcript
Well, part of the way in which we can help people orthodontically is it is one of the foundations to having a good appearance. It's a good foundation to having good oral health. Teeth that are straight or that teeth are crooked have problems. We see more decay and more periodontal disease with people that have crooked and crowded teeth. We really see that in helping people to achieve those straight teeth, they smile more. When people smile more, they're perceived as being more happy. That makes a big difference in their lives as well.
The Canadian Dental Association says a bad bite can:
- Make it hard to chew
- Cause your teeth to wear down unevenly
- Lead to muscle strain in your jaw
- Cause teeth that stick out to chip or break
- Increase your risk of gum disease and cavities due to crooked or crowded teeth
Braces are able to realign teeth by applying gentle, constant pressure to the teeth. They can help prevent the maladies listed above.
We Offer Both Traditional & Clear Braces
If you’re interested in clear aligners that are removable and more discreet than traditional metal braces and brackets, we have many choices:
- Smart Moves
- K-Line clear aligners (short-term only)
If the misalignment of your bite is mild or your need for braces is more cosmetic, any of these choices may be recommended as a short-term orthodontic option.
Our dentists can also treat patients with traditional metal braces. We offer stainless-steel wires and a titanium-nickel blend called nitinol. Nitinol wires remember being straight. So, when they’re curved around your teeth, they’re constantly trying to return to a straight line, which creates pressure on your teeth. That pressure then nudges teeth into straighter positions. If you’re concerned about the appearance of metal wires in your smile, you can choose braces that are tooth-coloured and less obvious.
We Can Fit Children & Adults With Braces
We generally fit patients with braces between the ages of 10 and 14, but we can also assist adult patients who need braces.
If you think your child needs braces, we can conduct an orthodontic exam and discuss how your child’s teeth are coming in. We may also be able to address early issues through orthopedic therapies. Our dentists in Winnipeg, MB will be able to explain your child’s options to you.
You’ll still brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. We’ll teach you how to floss your teeth with braces. It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene while wearing braces so your teeth don’t stain and are healthier at the end of your treatment.