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

Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Happy New Year to all our patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

There’s just something about a new year! It represents a clean slate, a new beginning for many of us. As we finished up with 2020, we all want to believe that 2021 will bring a sort of relief from much of what the past year has brought us. 

Although there are still many restrictions and hurdles ahead of us, we are all doing our best to prove that we are resilient and focused on brighter and healthier days ahead.

The start of 2021 finds many of us evaluating our health and making plans and potential changes for the year ahead. So, as you are making some New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to add dental care to that list!

Managing your dental health is a key factor of keeping your immune system strong to help protect you against any attack. Just as important as a good diet, rest and exercise, your dental health is something you should not ignore.

Often dental changes can happen with little to no discomfort or warning. Just as changes in the rest of your body happen, it is the same for your teeth and mouth. We all know that age, stress, hormones and busy schedules (just to name a few) sneak up on us and seem to cause changes to our bodies almost overnight. Where you used to be able to eat whatever you wanted, barely exercise and stay up all hours of the night, you might be noticing that you just can’t do that anymore! It is similar with our dental care routine. If you have been doing the same routine for what seems like forever, it might be time to evaluate and change things, even slightly, to be more effective in keeping your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.

Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is here to help make your health a top priority. We look forward to continuing to work with you as life changes happen and want to make dental pain and emergency the smallest challenges possible.

This past year we have been working even harder to make our office a safe, welcoming place for you to visit. You may notice our policies and protocols have changed and will continue to do so based on recommendations from our professional colleges, provincial and local health authorities. Please respect these new policies and understand that some extra screening and time is required in order to achieve this. To keep things running smoothly, it is very important to complete all screening paperwork prior to all visits to our office. If the required paperwork is not completed, we may need to reschedule your appointment time.

Contact our team to schedule a dental appointment to help you be the healthiest you in 2021.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Dr Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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