What are some benefits of Braces at Trites Orthodontics?
- A more attractive smile
- Reduced appearance self-consciousness during the critical development years
- Better function of the teeth
- Increase in self-confidence
- Increased ability to clean the teeth
- Improved force distribution and wear patterns of the teeth
- Better long term health of teeth and gums
- Guide permanent teeth into more favorable positions
- Reduce the risk of injury to protruded front teeth
- Aid in optimizing other dental treatment
What are some signs that Orthodontics may be needed?
- Upper front teeth protrude excessively over the lower teeth or are bucked (overbite)
- Upper front teeth cover the majority of the lower teeth when biting together (deep bite)
- Upper front teeth are behind or inside the lower front teeth (underbite)
- The upper and lower front teeth do not touch when biting together (open bite)
- Crowded or overlapped teeth
- The center of the upper and lower teeth do not line up
- Finger or thumb sucking habits which continue after four years old
- Difficulty chewing
- Teeth wearing unevenly or excessively
- The lower jaw shifts to one side or the other when biting together
- Spaces between teeth
- Deficient lower jaw profile
Does my family dentist need to refer me for an initial consultation with Dr Trites?
While many of our patients are referred to us by their family dentist, a referral is not necessary. Many patients phone us directly to schedule an initial consultation. Patients may have become aware of our office from our community involvement in sporting team sponsorships, positive feedback from our current patients, or they may have noticed the signs outside our office, or on this website.
What is the right age for orthodontics?
Orthodontic treatment can successfully achieve desirable results in both children and adults. The Canadian and American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the ideal time for an initial orthodontic assessment for every child is age 7. A child should see Dr Trites earlier if a problem is detected by their parents, family dentist or family physician.
How do I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation at Trites Orthodontics?
If you or your child can potentially benefit from orthodontic treatment, simply phone our office or send an email. We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you. When you call to schedule your appointment, our administrative team will request some basic information from you.
What will happen at my initial exam?
Upon arriving , each patient will be seen by Dr Trites and our treatment coordinator. We will take the necessary photographs and radiographs, if needed, to allow us to discuss you or your child's treatment options.
What will I learn from my orthodontic evaluation?
- Is there an orthodontic problem and if so what is it?
- What options are there to correct the problem?
- How long will treatment take?
- An estimate on treatment cost.
How long does orthodontic treatment take at Trites Orthodontics?
Treatment time depends on each patient’s specific needs, but the average duration ranges between 18 to 24 months. Actual treatment time is affected by: The patient’s stage and rate of growth; the severity of the orthodontic condition and patient cooperation.
What causes orthodontic problems?
Most orthodontic problems are inherited. Examples of these genetic problems are crowding, spacing, extra or missing teeth and some jaw problems. Other malocclusions are acquired, in other words, they develop over time. They can be caused by thumb or finger sucking, mouth breathing, abnormal swallowing, or early or late loss of baby (primary) teeth, or loss of permanent teeth.
Will I need to have teeth removed for braces?
Straightened teeth and a balanced smile is one of our main goals at Trites Orthodontics. With new technology and advanced techniques the majority of patients do not require teeth to be removed if treatment is started at the appropriate time.
Why is orthodontic treatment so important?
At Trites Orthodontics, we believe orthodontic treatment is very beneficial to our patients. Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. Such problems can contribute to tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss. A bad bite can also cause abnormal wear of the tooth surface, difficulty in chewing and/or speaking, excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue, and possible jaw joint problems. When you are not confident in the way you look, your self-esteem suffers. Children and adults whose malocclusions are left untreated may go through life feeling self-conscious, hiding their smiles with tight lips or with a protective hand. Finally, without treatment, problems can become worse. Orthodontic treatment to correct a problem may prove less costly than the additional dental care required to treat the more serious problems that can develop in later years.
What does treatment involve?
First and foremost, orthodontic treatment involves the patient. To achieve the desired results, the patient must carefully follow our instructions about wearing orthodontic appliances and practice good oral hygiene. Dr Trites will provide custom designed braces, retainers or corrective appliances, according to the problem being treated. The chosen appliance has a common purpose - to use gentle pressure to move teeth and jaws into their proper position. Today’s patients benefit from techniques and materials that enhance the comfort of orthodontic treatment.
How much will braces cost?
It is impossible to give an exact cost for treatment until we have examined your teeth. We will discuss the cost of treatment and financial options available during your initial examination. We have payment plans available and we will review them with you.
Do braces hurt?
Generally braces do not “hurt”. After most visits, patients do not feel any discomfort at all; however, after certain visits, your teeth may be tender for a day or two.
Can I still play sports?
Most definitely! In order to protect your smile during any sporting activity, we recommend that you wear a mouth guard. A custom-made one is not necessary; the “boil and bite” kind works well while braces are on your teeth.
Do I need to see my family dentist while I have braces?
Yes! It is very important to see your family dentist every 6 months while you have your braces on, for regular check-ups and cleanings.
Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces on?
Yes. Once you get your braces on, the Trites Orthodontics team will give you complete instructions on how to care for them and provide examples of foods to avoid.