Best Options to Straighten your Teeth

There are so many different options to straighten your teeth these days. It can be difficult to know what treatments are right for your situation. Tooth straightening is a very common procedure. A straight smile can help with self-confidence and it can provide health benefits such as a reduced risk of infections, cavities and bite correction. 

That being said, there are many different procedures that can help straighten your smile. All of these procedures fall under the dental practice of orthodontic treatments. Orthodontics is the practice of tooth alignment and straightening. Depending on the amount of work that needs to be done, there are a variety of ways a patient can straighten their teeth. 

Braces

Braces are a very well known way of straightening teeth. They are a common orthodontic procedure and have proven to be effective over several decades. Braces are one of the best options to straighten your teeth. 

They can treat several different orthodontic problems including crooked teeth, overbites, crowded teeth, and misaligned jaws. There are many different types of braces but the most common include traditional braces, ceramic braces, and lingual braces. 

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Traditional Braces

When you think of braces, it’s likely you think of traditional metal braces. These are the classic metal braces, with metal brackets and wires linked across your teeth.

Traditional braces can treat a variety of orthodontic problems, and they can be effective for patients of all ages. Traditional braces are one of the oldest forms of modern tooth alignment and they have a time tested record of effectiveness. 

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces, also called ‘clear braces’ are the same design as traditional braces. A metal wire connects a square-shaped bracket, that is bonded to the tooth. Over time the wires and brackets help to shift the teeth into proper alignment. 

However, ceramic braces use ‘tooth-colored’ ceramic brackets, rather than metal brackets. The wire connecting ceramic braces is still metal, but ceramic braces appear more subtle than traditional braces, due to the tooth-colored shade. Ceramic braces are equally as effective as metal braces and they are a great option for those who want a more natural look.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are less common than traditional and ceramic braces, however, they are an excellent form of tooth alignment for certain orthodontic cases. 

These braces are bonded to the back of your teeth, unlike traditional and ceramic braces which both sit across the front of the teeth. This makes them virtually invisible when a patient is smiling or talking. They are a good treatment option for adults or those who are looking for more subtle forms of tooth alignment. 

However, lingual braces are not effective for everyone. They can not fix severe jaw/bite misalignment and they are best for those with minor tooth misalignment. This is due to their location at the back of the tooth, they have less of an ability to dramatically shift the position. They move the teeth from the inside, rather than the outside, which gives them less leverage than traditional or ceramic braces.

Invisalign aligners

Invisalign 

Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment. It is a nearly invisible method of tooth straightening that is as effective as braces. Invisalign is more discreet than traditional braces and it is popular among adults looking for tooth straightening options that are more subtle. It allows a patient to straighten their teeth without sacrificing the aesthetics of their smile.

Invisalign is made up of a set of clear aligners that are perfectly shaped to your teeth and bite. They slowly move the teeth in place. You will be required to visit your dentist periodically for new aligners to create a straight smile.

Invisalign treatment times can range from 6 months to 2 years, depending on the amount the teeth need to move, and the severity of the misalignment. Learn more about how teeth are aligned with Invisalign

Invisalign treatment is often compared closely with braces. Both Invisalign and braces are incredibly effective methods of straightening your teeth. However, there are certain situations in which one treatment is more effective than the other. Visit our post: Invisalign vs Braces to learn about how these two treatments compare to one another. 

Retainers

Retainers are often used for maintenance after major orthodontic treatment. If you are not careful, your teeth can shift back into misalignment after braces or Invisalign. Retainers keep your newly straightened teeth in place and help avoid shifting. Retainers ensure you maintain the best results after orthodontic treatment. 

They may need to be worn for several months to several years after tooth straightening. It is important to talk to your dentist and ensure you know how long you need to wear your retainer. Patients often forget to use their retainers and it can sacrifice their results. 

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Veneers 

Veneers are a cosmetic dental treatment and they are used to improve the overall shape, size, and appearance of your teeth. They are not used to treat severe tooth misalignment and they are not a form of orthodontic treatment.

However, veneers can be used to hide minor tooth misalignment. For patients who have slightly crooked teeth or gaps between their teeth, veneers can be used to even out the appearance of the smile, for a more straightened look. 

Orthodontic Treatments in Burnaby, BC 

It is a good idea to talk to your dentist about the best options to straighten your teeth. Some patients may even require a combination of orthodontic treatments to reach their desired results. If you are looking for an experienced dentist in Burnaby, BC, contact VCCID today.

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Covid Phase II:  Dental offices reopening

 

We are “OPEN”

 

UPDATE May 22 2020

 

Dear patients:

 

The BC provincial health officer has given dental offices in BC the green light to reopen under “Phase II” regulations.  These regulations are dictated by WorksafeBC, the provicnical licencing body, the ongoing progression or diminishing of viral cases and current understanding of transmission, particularly in the dental office setting. 

 

The  greatest risk/concern re further spread of this virus is with those that are currently ill or who may have come into contact with someone who has been ill within the past 14 days. In the dental clinic the  concern is the generation of any aerosols that may contain virus particles.

 

Therefore when booking appointments  we will ask a series of questions to determine your risk. For those at risk of being Covid positive, treatment will be deferred until  the 14 day risk of transmission has passed. If treatment is of an urgent nature, we have  additional safety measures in place to provide emergency care, assuming it will not create a greater health risk. Alternatively referrals to a hospital may be  recommended for anyone with severe health risks who cannot be treated in office.

 

For those without contact or risk of Covid, we will be able to book your appointments. Upon arrival to the office you are required to complete a COVID screening  and consent form prior to being seen in the clinic area. The clinical staff will also do an assessment to determine if there is any risk. 

 

Similarly our staff will also be assessed daily to ensure none are ill or have had contact with a potential case of COVID within the previous 14 days.

 

We are required to modify our scheduling to allow for continued distancing and other measures to minimize potential spread. Therefore we anticipate a slightly longer waiting period for available appointments until this Phase II is complete.

 

Our primary concern is your overall health, consequently we have incorporated  additional protocols and precautions during this time to ensure the safety of patients as well as staff from this viral infection.  It involves additional barrier protection, modifying how procedures are done to avoid generating aerosols and sterilization protocols to decontaminate any surfaces that may have come in contact with aerosols. 

 

The good news is that over the past 50+ years the dental industry has learned to manage and control in-office transmission of many viruses, bacteria and outbreaks of  illnesses, and we anticipate these same protocols  will continue to protect yourselves as well as the staff. As we move through Phase II and  see this pandemic lose its “foothold” we expect we will slowly return to a more normal routine and scheduling of appointments. 

 

Of course your dental health is also paramount and therefore finding appointments for your care is also essential. Rest assured that we will be following up and contacting anyone who has missed appointments and those that are currently booked in the weeks ahead. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr Peter Balogh and all of us at VCCID