Willowbrook Dental Clinic offers regular braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign clear aligners for Langley patients who want to straighten their teeth, correct misalignment, and resolve orthodontics issues.
The Benefits of Straightening Your Smile
In addition to straightening your teeth and giving you a beautiful smile, orthodontic treatment has other potential benefits.
Orthodontic treatment can be an opportunity to also improve the functionality of the teeth and bite, correct facial imbalance, facilitate better oral hygiene, properly prepare for restorations and/or implants, improve sleep, and boost self-esteem.
Thanks to technological advancements, orthodontics has come a long way. At Willowbrook Dental Clinic, we use the most recent technology, such as a 3D scanner, which eliminates the need for gooey impression materials that are not popular with patients.
Plus, we have a range of options – including traditional metal braces, ceramic braces and Invisalign – that help us best meet the unique needs of each client.
We want our patients to experience orthodontics differently. At North Burnaby Dental Group, our goal is to work with our patients to achieve the healthy, beautiful smile that they desire. That’s why we’ve developed a unique collaborative approach that allows us to customize each patient’s treatment plan using the most advanced techniques.
The first step is to come in for a consultation. When you come in for your first appointment, we will go over your concerns with your smile and then discuss all your treatment options so that you can c
The Treatment Process
There are a number of phases or steps to orthodontic treatment. Dr. Couto will guide you through each step, starting with a plan for your treatment. Timing of your full treatment will be decided with the planning phase.
- ACTIVE PHASE
While you are receiving your orthodontic treatment, you'll come to our office for regular adjustment appointments (typically every 3 weeks or so).
For regular or ceramic braces treatment, the elastics and/or wires will be adjusted during these appointments.
For Invisalign Clear Aligner treatment, we will ensure that your aligner trays are doing what they are supposed to.
If you are wearing braces, you may need to avoid certain foods during treatment.
With both braces and Invisalign, you will want to continue excellent dental hygiene practices and keep up with at-home care to ensure you stay on track with treatment and ensure your teeth are straightened as scheduled.
Specific instructions based on your orthodontic treatment will be provided to you.
Bring any questions or concerns you may have to your appointments. We can help you fully understand the treatment process.
- PLANNING PHASE
At your first appointments, we will review your unique situation and start planning your orthodontic treatment.
Your first appointments may include:
- An evaluation of your medical and dental history
- Taking "molds" or impressions of your teeth
- X-Rays of the teeth and jaws
- A CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) scan
After these are completed, we will then make your, custom braces or Invisalign clear aligners to meet your unique needs.
- RETENTION PHASE
Once you've completed active treatment, you will move into a post-treatment phase with retainers.
Typically, removable retainers help to maintain the changes to your teeth that happened during active treatment.
You'll need to wear your retainer as directed by your Orthodontist to help stabilize your teeth and bone in their new positions.
The duration of your treatment time with ceramic or metal braces and a retainer will vary depending on your specific circumstances and factors.
Orthodontics For Children
We typically recommend that all children see an orthodontist once they turn 7 years old, because there are orthodontic problems that can be addressed or planned for if they are detected early.
If your child does not need early treatment, we will monitor their growth and development on a regular basis as part of our recall program. This watchful waiting gives us the opportunity to advise you when the best time is for your child to start treatment.
Orthodontics For our Adult Patients
There is no age limit for a beautiful healthy smile. Over the last decade, orthodontic treatment has become very popular with adults.
If you have always thought of having orthodontic treatment but did not pursue it because you didn’t want traditional braces, talk to us.
We invite you to come in for a consultation to find out if you are a candidate for treatment with Invisalign clear aligners, which are made of clear plastic, and are virtually invisible.