Orthodontics is a field of dentistry which focuses on correcting the improper positioning of teeth and jaws. Closely associated with cosmetic dentistry, this area focuses on straightening your teeth with the help of specialized treatments that leave you with a radiant smile. Orthodontists help you look after the long-term health of your teeth, jaws, and gums with specialized treatments. Our chief dentist, Dr. Molly Rodgers holds an experience of over 20 years and is well-versed with the nuances of this branch of dentistry. She has also worked towards improving the smiles of countless patients.
A lot of people face issues of crooked or overcrowded teeth. This maligns their appearance as well as their overall dental health. Orthodontic treatments help in improving the alignment of teeth to reduce cases of malocclusion or bad bite. At Edmonton smiles, we cater to a wide range of orthodontic problems such as:
• Protruding front teeth (overbite): This phenomenon is commonly known as buck teeth. It occurs when your front teeth are much more forward than your lower teeth.
• Underbite: When your upper teeth are way behind in comparison to your lower teeth, it gives your mouth a bulldog appearance. This condition is known as underbite and can be fixed with by an orthodontist.
• Crossbite: In this condition, your upper teeth do not close completely even when your teeth are clenched. This results in an unsightly appearance.
• Open bite: This occurs when there is space between the upper and the lower sections of your teeth when clenched together.
• Spacing: Quite often when adult teeth are replaced with milk teeth, there are lots of spaces in between. This causes your teeth to become misaligned.
• Crowding: This is one of the most common orthodontic cases we come across. If your jaw is narrow, then there may not be sufficient space for all your teeth. Our orthodontist removes one or more teeth during the treatment to make room for all your adult teeth and ensuring your teeth are aligned perfectly.
We follow a step-by-step process. Initially, our dentists examine your teeth, take X-rays to assess the severity of the condition and order for plaster models of your teeth. Based on our assessment, we then recommend a good orthodontic treatment for you.
Some of the common tools that we use to treat orthodontic misalignments are braces, fixed space maintainers, special fixed appliances, aligners, headgear, lip and cheek bumpers, palatal expander, retainers, removable space maintainers, and splints.
We conduct orthodontic treatments only after all the adult teeth of the patient has fully developed. The only exception to this is made for children with a cleft lip and palate who need orthodontic treatments essentially.
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