By Dr. Rudy Wassenaar

Orthodontic treatment and care have decreased the cases of cavities and missing teeth not only in Williams Lake, BC but in other parts of the world as well. It is our joy to gaze upon our patients’ beautiful, healthy smiles after taking advantage of our orthodontic services here at Williams Lake Smiles.

WHAT IS ORTHODONTICS?

Orthodontics is a specialization in dentistry that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of problems in the jaw, face, or bite (also known as malocclusions). Orthodontic treatment is done by an orthodontist, an oral health care provider that has undergone adequate years of training beyond dental school.

MELISSA’S REVIEW

WHY DO I NEED ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?

You may need to undergo an orthodontic procedure because of two primary reasons: function and aesthetics. Having healthy teeth that function well is important in a person’s daily life, yet an attractive smile also boosts one’s self-confidence. You can have both by receiving the appropriate orthodontic treatment depending on your specific condition.

DO I HAVE A POTENTIAL BITE PROBLEM?

Dr. Wassenaar detects a problem once the patient’s teeth are protruding, crowded, or shifting out of position. Aside from such symptoms, one may also be able to notice breathing through the mouth, frequent accidental biting of the palate or cheek, difficulties in speech, and thumb-sucking that continues beyond the age of three or four. An orthodontic problem may be present once teeth do not properly meet when the mouth is closed, or if the jaws shift or create sounds as they are moved.

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN GETTING BRACES AND WEARING THEM?

Generally, the installation of braces does not cause significant pain. However, pain and discomfort can surface a couple of days after the installation of the appliance. In such a case, the patient may be required to return to the office to have their braces adjusted. Periodic adjustments are a contributing factor to soreness in the area as well, but this only lasts a couple of days. There are also over-the-counter medications that can alleviate pain.

WILL THERE BE EXTRACTIONS DURING AN ORTHODONTIC PROCEDURE?

Extraction may be necessary if teeth are too crowded or if impacted teeth are present. However, younger patients who have been treated much earlier may not need any tooth extraction.

ORTHODONTICS BEFORE & AFTER

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Clearline is a system for straightening crooked teeth that use smooth plastic that is molded into custom-made aligners. These aligners follow your specialized treatment plan, with each set designed to push your teeth into their proper positions. Clearline straightens your teeth with a simple process that takes far less time than other straightening treatments.

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Covid-19 (Corona) Virus

Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Greetings to patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

COVID Patient Protocol

Our staff at Williams Lake Smiles are following careful safety protocol to keep our patients, team, and community safe at all times.

There are a few things that we are asking of you, our patients, as well:

-Please do not arrive early for your appointment time as we may not be able to accommodate you in our waiting room area. We are doing our best to limit your contact with others during your time in our clinic. If we are running ahead of schedule, we will call you to come in sooner.

-Due to our small waiting area, please do not bring any extra family members with you to your scheduled appointment.

-When you do arrive for your scheduled time, please wait in the front boot room for direction from a member of our team for entry protocol. If there is already another person in that boot room, please wait outside the front door until one of our team members can bring you in and allow appropriate social
distancing.

-We are not currently allowing anybody in the office unless you have a scheduled appointment time. Please call or email the office if you would like to book an appointment or have questions about upcoming appointments,  treatment, or billing.

-All people entering the clinic must wear a mask as per the current mandate from the BC provincial health minister (August 25, 2021).

-Upon arrival for your scheduled appointment, we will go through a verbal COVID screening questionnaire, take your temperature, and have you use hand sanitizer before entering the waiting room or treatment areas.


Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate through the changing protocols, heavy workloads, and COVID limitations.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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