Orthodontic Treatment

Affinity Dental Group – Edmonton & Sherwood Park AB

Orthodontic treatment is more than just braces to straighten a child’s teeth.  We can correct jaw relationships, airway (breathing) problems, protect jaw joints and reopen spaces where teeth have drifted in.  These treatments can be effective for clients of any age.

When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, for each child there is an optimal time to begin their treatment.  Beginning treatment at this time can make treatment easier for a better result and sometimes reduced time and expense.  The Canadian and American Associations of Orthodontists recommend that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7.   At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.

Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars are erupting, establishing the back bite.  During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships.  For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles.  Timely screening increases the chances for a beautiful smile.

What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment time with braces

Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions).  Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment.  Malocclusions can affect the way you smile, chew, breathe, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.

Why should malocclusions be treated?
Malocclusions can result in a variety of problems.  Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease.  Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping.  Cross bites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.  Open bites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.  Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a beautiful smile–it creates a healthier you.

Adult treatment:
Braces arent just for kids anymore.  Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy.  We offer a variety of treatments that are designed for different age groups including adults.  Your journey to a new smile can begin today.

Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can improve the look of your smile, but the health of your teeth and gums is equally important.  Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches and jaw joint wear and pain.

Good News!   We now have many different techniques for adult orthodontics, including aligner trays (e.g. Invisalign) that we can employ to make the process easier in some cases.  During the initial examination, we will be able to determine the best possible treatment for your individual needs.  We can determine whether the treatment can be done in the general dental office or by a specialist, and we can outline the treatment plan, time of treatment expected and the approximate cost.

A large percentage of our patients are adults, and they agree that its never too late to improve their greatest asset — their smile.