Posts for tag: orthodontics
Dr. Richard Lee-Shanok understands the difficulty that some teenagers and adults have with their crooked teeth. They want to have a beautiful smile but want to avoid getting braces. That's why he provides his patients with Invisalign treatment in his Newmarket, ON, office.
What is Invisalign Treatment?
Invisalign treatment consists of clear aligner trays made of plastic that are worn by patients. The custom-made aligners are made using 3-D computer imaging technology. The plastic aligners are also transparent and shift the teeth into place by applying pressure on each of them until they are straight or in the desired position.
Each set of trays needs to be worn for at least 22 hours a day. You can remove them to brush and floss your teeth, or while you're eating and drinking. If you want to take them off for a special occasion, like a wedding, you can do so, but remember, the longer they are not worn, the longer the treatment will be delayed. Also, because they are transparent, it isn't necessary to take them off. So there's no need to worry about them appearing in pictures.
The treatment can last approximately 9 - 15 months, while the average number of trays you may use may be around 18 - 30. How long your treatment will take will depend on your initial examination and the treatment plan you and your Newmarket dentist have agreed upon.
During your Invisalign treatment, you will need to see your doctor once every six weeks. He will want to make sure that your teeth are being straightened according to plan and will assess if any changes need to be made according to your progress.
If you're a teenager or adult who needs their teeth straightened but would like to avoid traditional metal braces, then you need to contact your Newmarket, ON, dentist, Dr. Richard Lee-Shanok. He will help determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment and get you started on the right path. Just call him at (905) 830-1010 to make an appointment today!
When you wear traditional metal braces, you may be forced into some lifestyle changes. One major change is the way that you eat and what you can safely eat without disturbing the brackets and wires on your teeth. This is one reason why many patients in Newmarket, ON., opt for Invisalign invisible braces instead. Find out how you can get a straighter smile without giving up your favorite foods with an Invisalign treatment at Newmarket Dentistry.
The Downside of Traditional Braces
When you have metal braces you can pretty much say goodbye to biting into hard foods, like apples, pears, corn on the cob, taffies and other sticky treats. These foods could cause the brackets to loosen or the wires to come out, which would affect your course of treatment. With traditional braces, you'll have to get use to changing the way you eat for two to three years in some cases.
Enjoy Your Favorite Foods with Invisalign
Invisalign is an orthodontic system offered by Newmarket Dentistry that moves your teeth with a series of plastic aligner trays. Because the trays are removable, you can take them off to enjoy your favorite foods at any time during the day. When you're finished eating, just remember to put the tray back on as soon as possible. It's also important to note that the Invisalign treatment period is usually much shorter than traditional braces (about six months to a year).
Invisalign Tips from Newmarket, ON.
Though you're free to enjoy your favorite foods with Invisalign, there are a few tips that you should keep in mind to ensure a successful treatment:
- Brush and floss after meals before putting your tray back on.
- Aim to wear your aligner trays at least 20-22 hours per day to ensure the best results.
- Do not wrap your tray in a tissue while eating because it could be accidentally thrown away. Keep it in a secure case.
Schedule an Invisalign Appointment in Newmarket
If you're worried that getting braces means you're going to have to give up your favorite foods, talk to your dentist about Invisalign treatment. Call Newmarket Dentistry at (905) 830-1010 today for an appointment in Newmarket, ON.
Fans of the primetime TV show The Middle were delighted to see that high school senior Sue, played by Eden Sher, finally got her braces off at the start of Season 6. But since this popular sitcom wouldn’t be complete without some slapstick comedy, this happy event is not without its trials and tribulations: The episode ends with Sue’s whole family diving into a dumpster in search of the teen’s lost retainer. Sue finds it in the garbage and immediately pops it in her mouth. But wait — it doesn’t fit, it’s not even hers!
If you think this scenario is far-fetched, guess again. OK, maybe the part about Sue not washing the retainer upon reclaiming it was just a gag (literally and figuratively), but lost retainers are all too common. Unfortunately, they’re also expensive to replace — so they need to be handled with care. What’s the best way to do that? Retainers should be brushed daily with a soft toothbrush and liquid soap (dish soap works well), and then placed immediately back in your mouth or into the case that came with the retainer. When you are eating a meal at a restaurant, do not wrap your retainer in a napkin and leave it on the table — this is a great way to lose it! Instead, take the case with you, and keep the retainer in it while you’re eating. When you get home, brush your teeth and then put the retainer back in your mouth.
If you do lose your retainer though, let us know right away. Retention is the last step of your orthodontic treatment, and it’s extremely important. You’ve worked hard to get a beautiful smile, and no one wants to see that effort wasted. Yet if you neglect to wear your retainer as instructed, your teeth are likely to shift out of position. Why does this happen?
As you’ve seen firsthand, teeth aren’t rigidly fixed in the jaw — they can be moved in response to light and continuous force. That’s what orthodontic appliances do: apply the right amount of force in a carefully controlled manner. But there are other forces at work on your teeth that can move them in less predictable ways. For example, normal biting and chewing can, over time, cause your teeth to shift position. To get teeth to stay where they’ve been moved orthodontically, new bone needs to form around them and anchor them where they are. That will happen over time, but only if they are held in place with a retainer. That’s why it is so important to wear yours as directed — and notify us immediately if it gets lost.
And if ever you do have to dig your retainer out of a dumpster… be sure to wash it before putting in in your mouth!
If you would like more information on retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers” and “Why Orthodontic Retainers?”
Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.
He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”
Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.
There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.
The Science Behind the Magic
There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.
The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.
How’s that for a disappearing act?!
If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”
Whether they come as removable devices or wires permanently attached behind the front teeth, orthodontic retainers have a crucial job to do in your mouth. Here's the skinny on what you ought to know about them.
1) Retainers keep your new smile looking the way it should.
After having braces to move your teeth into the desired position, a retainer is needed to keep them from moving right back where they were! In time, the periodontal (“peri” – around; “odont” – tooth) structures, which are constantly renewing themselves, will adapt to their new positions, and the teeth will stabilize.
2) There are different types of retainers.
Once upon a time, retainers were made of pink plastic and bent wire, and were removable. They're still available — but a common alternative today is to have clear retainers that fit onto your teeth covering them entirely or to have thin wires bonded to the inside of the front teeth They don't show, and you don't have to worry about putting them in and taking them out. If you prefer, ask us whether this type of retainer would work for you.
3) It takes several months for your teeth to become stable in a new arrangement.
Teeth must be held in position long enough for the bone and ligament that attaches them to the jaw to re-form and mature around them. A retainer helps avoid trauma as the teeth and associated structures are adjusting to relocation, allowing the process to end slowly and gently.
4) Even when they're stable, your teeth are always in a “dynamic” state.
There is some “memory” inherent in bone and gum tissue, which tends to cause teeth to shift back to their former positions for a long period of time after treatment. But teeth aren't held in place just by bone and ligament — a balance between the forces of the lips, cheeks and tongue also helps them stay put. This balance changes over a period of time.
5) The movement of teeth is unique to each person, and is not predictable.
Contrary to what orthodontists used to believe, there is no “right” position for the teeth that assures they will stay in place permanently. In time, the position of the teeth may change due to a slow “uprighting” movement of the front teeth in the lower jaw, which causes them to crowd as they move toward the tongue. Other factors may also cause a gradual movement of the teeth. But remember to always follow our recommendations; they will help keep your smile looking its best.
If you would like more information about orthodontic retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Why Orthodontic Retainers?” and “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers.”