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,

Greetings to patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!


June is here and hopefully, more summer weather is headed our way!


We are feeling excited and optimistic about the months to come as it appears that there is some positive easing of restrictions in British Columbia. Our team hopes this means that you will be able to slowly begin to see loved ones and move around a little bit more. Good news for us all!


In our office, your health and safety is still our utmost concern so we would like to update you and review our current protocols.


We are happy to be able to move from our online covid pre-screening forms to a verbal questionnaire. This means that you will no longer be required to do the online covid form before every appointment.
For the continued health and safety of all, we ask that you do not attend our office if you feel unwell at all or have traveled outside of the country within the past 14 days. We will ask you covid screening questions on the phone, at the time of scheduling appointments, and then again at the time of your arrival in our office. Mask wear is still mandatory for anyone entering our office. Your temperature will still be taken, shoe coverings provided and we will have you use hand sanitizer upon check-in at the door.


We will still be doing all we can to limit the amount of people in the office at one time and who you come into contact with while you are here.
We ask that you do not arrive too far ahead or drop off family members early for scheduled appointments. If our waiting room is full, we may ask you to remain in your vehicle and we can call you in as soon as we are ready. Please do not bring any extra people with you into the office. No spouses, children or siblings can accompany you to your appointment in the office.
We will continue with all other enhanced safety protocols to ensure that the health of our patients and staff team are our first priority and allow us to continue to provide you with our full range of exceptional dental care.


The Williams Lake Smiles team thanks to our amazing patients and friends for their ongoing patience and support through these unprecedented times of the past year and moving forward.
We appreciate your trust in us to help you be the healthiest you can be!


Please contact us with any questions or to schedule any of your dental needs.


Sincerely,


Dr. Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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