Clearline Invisible Braces

ORTHODONTICS

This has everything to do with improving the way we function in terms of chewing, speaking and our ability to clean up and around our teeth. Typically if teeth work better they tend to look better today. You can imagine that if teeth are severely crooked, it would be more difficult to clean around them. It is therefore obvious that having teeth straightened, that they will develop Jess problems like tooth decay and gum disease in later life. The best time to start planning for braces is at age 10-13, just around the time when the last few baby teeth are about to fall out. But even before that,
every young person should be assessed at age 7-10 to determine if things are developing normally.

 

CROOKED TEETH

When the teeth are too big, or the jaw is too small teeth tend to rotate and shift out of position because there is not enough room for them to come through as they are supposed to. Braces can be done at any age, bates get best results at an earlier age because if a person is still in their growth phase, things go faster and also appear to be more stable once finished.

What it would take is a comprehensive diagnostic process to analyze the growth data, and to make calculations what treatment option would be the most appropriate. Sometimes we can make the jaw grow bigger ( upper jaw) to create the necessary space, or we have to consider removing some permanent teeth.

We are still using the tried and true metal wires and elastics, but in a substantial number of cases we can achieve good results as well by utilizing a tray system called Clear Aligner. By fabricating clear plastic molds that fit tight over the teeth using 3D technology. This tightness will move the teeth towards their planned positions according to the treatment objective.

 

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THE TRADITIONAL WAY OF DOING BRACES INVOLVED JUST THAT: BRACES

Most people would not mind getting their teeth straightened but are not particularly excited about metal wires, elastics and a multitude of visits. In selected cases, we can now offer an alternative which will move your teeth in their desired positions but with the actual braces.

By 3D scanning of the way your teeth are before treatment, partners we are working with can do a virtual tooth movement using computer software. After each small increment of movement stray is fabricated that transfers the altered tooth position to your mouth. Typically, by wearing this tray for about 3 weeks, your teeth will have moved to the position as designed the manufacturing process of the trays. The more tooth movement is needed, the larger number of trays will be needed, up to twelve months.

Some of the more complex cases we sometimes start out using the traditional braces and wires to get most of the tooth movement. Then, it is sometimes possible to remove the braces and switch over to our tray system to finish the case. The benefit is that the teeth will predictably move and the trays are almost invisible which a lot of people have found that they would prefer this over metal wires, elastics and brackets.

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Covid-19 (Corona) Virus

                                                                     

                   

Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is excited to have the opportunity to welcome you back soon! Dr. Wassenaar, Dr. Dahia and the whole Williams Lake Smiles team appreciate your continued support and understanding as we continue to move through this difficult time

We are gradually reopening in the safest way to ensure that we take all precautions to keep both our patients and our staff healthy.

At this time, we are focusing on addressing emergency needs for our patients. Full dental services, including hygiene care, will be introduced gradually with priority booking to the patients that were delayed treatment during our time of closure. We will be contacting our patients to reschedule these procedures in the coming weeks.

Our office has always utilized personal protective equipment (PPE) that has exceeded all the recommended guidelines. We consciously designed our office with well-spaced, separate treatment rooms that allow minimization of aerosol transfer throughout the office. We have also added a brand new HEPA air management system to allow continuous air filtration in all treatment rooms and common areas to remove germs from circulating air. This puts us in a good position moving forward. However, in consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we have instituted additional guidelines and protocols to ensure your safety and that of our team.

Upon returning to Williams Lake Smiles you will notice our new enhanced precautions:

-When you are scheduling an appointment, our staff will ask you a set of health-related questions.

-You will be contacted 48-72 hours prior to your appointment via email and asked a set of pre-appointment instructions and health-related questions. It is required that you complete this questionnaire prior to your appointment. We will have to reschedule your appointment if we are unable to complete this step. Please also give our administrative staff all the necessary personal contact information to expedite our communications with you and your family.

-We have implemented new protocol for scheduling your appointments and managing your insurance and financial transactions virtually to allow for a contactless exit from your appointment.

-There will be new arrival procedures to guide you from your car directly to treatment rooms to eliminate contacting surfaces and other patients.

-You will be asked the above screening questions again on your arrival to your appointment.

-Your temperature will be taken on arrival. Again, we will have to reschedule your appointment if your temperature is elevated.

-You will be asked to put on the provided shoe covers and disinfect your hands upon arrival.

-All non-essential companions will be asked to remain outside of the clinic during the appointment. This includes friends, spouses, drivers, parents, and other children.

-We will maintain social distancing in the reception area for essential caregivers and parents of minors if they absolutely cannot wait in a vehicle or outside the clinic.

-We have removed magazines and other items that can harbor or transfer germs of any kind

-Glass barriers have been added in our reception area

-We have enhanced clinic disinfection procedures before and after all appointments.

-You will see new personal protection equipment like visors, gowns, and different masks for our doctors and team to provide barriers against the smallest of germs.

-We have protocols to reduce or eliminate airborne aerosols during all dental procedures.

-We have enhanced continuous disinfection procedures of equipment and office fixtures like computers, keyboards, telephones, tablets, chairs, doorknobs, and buttons that may be touched unconsciously.

-We will be disinfecting all outside mail and packages that enter the building.

-We will have longer appointment times for you to prepare and complete all appointment tasks and duties in the safest and most comprehensive manner.

-Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean fewer options will be available for scheduling your appointment.

We ask that, as we have so many patients to see, you treat your reserved dental appointment with the highest level of respect. Answer the screening questions honestly. Please arrive on time for your appointment. We may not be able to see you if you are late. If you miss your appointment it may be quite some time before we can get you back in.

We are committed to maintaining our high standard of dental health and safety under these new circumstances and appreciate your confidence in us.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we are taking to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

We are all excited to get back to work. Thank you for being our patients. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbours, and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar

Dr. Sophia Dahia

And the entire Williams Lake Smiles Team


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