There are multiple orthodontics or braces options – including Invisalign®, translucent braces, lingual braces and In-Ovation mini-braces – which our dentists will recommend to Langley patients based on their unique needs.
What are Orthodontics or Braces?
Orthodontics is a type of dentistry focused on the correction of improper bites and tooth irregularity.
Dentists trained in orthodontics help patients of any age improve tooth and jaw problems and can also assist those who desire merely cosmetic improvements through straightening of their teeth.
What problems can be helped with braces?
Orthodontists specialize in correcting a variety of dental problems. Some of the issues revised by orthodontic procedures include: difficulty chewing, crowding of teeth, missing teeth, speech difficulties, protruding teeth, irregular bite and facial imbalances.
What are your options?
The most common form of orthodontic treatment is the installation of dental braces that help straighten teeth, remove gaps, and correct overbites.
Braces are often used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances such as headgear and expansion appliances to influence the growth of teeth in younger patients.
Retainers are often worn to help ensure teeth remain in their new position after braces have been removed.
The American Dental Association states that in some cases, orthodontists may choose to use surgery to modify the teeth and jaw.
When should my child be checked?
We suggest that children have their first orthodontic consultation no later than 7 years of age.
While many people have corrective orthodontic procedures done early in their lives, it is not uncommon for adults and even seniors to undergo orthodontic treatments.
Depending on the specific problems of the patient and the methods used to correct them, orthodontic treatments can last as few as six months but may take three years or more to complete in severe cases.