dental-visit6-300x200 Your teeth are important to your health and well-being. That’s a fact.

But if your teeth aren’t aligned properly, they can’t perform the functions they’re designed for.

Why is alignment important?

  • Misalignment could mean that an underbite, overbite, or crowded teeth are making it hard for you to chew your food properly.
  • Misalignment may mean that you need to breathe through your mouth instead of your nose.
  • Misalignment may result in speech problems or could alter the appearance of your face.

Occlusion is the term used to refer to your tooth alignment. Your teeth should fit easily within your mouth without crowding. It is sometimes called your “bite.”

Malocclusion is the term for the misalignment of your teeth; the imperfect positioning of your teeth when your jaw is closed. Malocclusion is an alignment problem but it can also lead to serious oral health complications. 

Alignment of your upper teeth is needed to prevent you from biting your lips and cheeks. Alignment of the lower teeth is needed to protect your tongue from being bitten.

Most malocclusions are inherited making prevention difficult.

However, there are some habits or conditions that may change the structure and shape of the jaw, such as:

  • Injury to the jaw
  • Cleft lip or palate
  • Prolonged bottle feeding
  • Pacifier use after the age of three
  • Thumb sucking into early childhood
  • Abnormally shaped or missing teeth

Most mild malocclusions do not require treatment. Severe malocclusions should be treated to prevent progression to TMJ (Temporomandibular Jaw) disorders.

Malocclusions can be treated with oral surgery in combination with orthodontic treatments.

Teeth may be removed to correct overcrowding, the jaw may be reshaped or shortened. Patients may be fitted with braces to aid in achieving their perfect “bite.”

Remember: Early detection is key in determining the type of and length of treatment – the earlier the treatment, the better the outcome.

Do you have questions about your “bite’? We can help!
Call to book a consultation appointment with Dr. Wassenaar, today: 250-398-8411.

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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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