An orthodontic evaluation for braces allows our orthodontic team to assess your child’s oral development. During the evaluation, our dentists will inspect your child’s teeth and gums, as well as the bones and muscles in your child’s mouth.
An orthodontic evaluation will give you the ability to plan ahead for your child’s future dental needs.
Phase I and Phase II Orthodontic Treatments
Up to 90% of the face is developed by age 12, and if you want to modify the growth of the face or guide the jaw development, some children needs treatment early.
Early treatment may be indicated for several reasons:
- Developing misalignment of the bite
- Poor function
- Sleep disordered breathing
- Unfavorable facial development
The above factors may be affecting the child’s general physical and social development. If our dentists perform your child’s orthodontic evaluation and concludes that treatment is necessary, a two-phase approach can be used. Phase I is usually between the ages of 6 and 10, while they still have most of their primary teeth.
Our Winnipeg dentists may recommend expansion, an active retainer or partial braces as part of the Phase I treatment. The goal of Phase I is to better prepare your child’s jaws to make room for their permanent teeth and improve the relationship between their upper and lower jaws.
In some cases, a functional bite and good growth may not necessitate Phase II. When most of the permanent teeth have erupted, the child will be assessed for the need for further treatment. Phase II occurs dependent on your child’s growth. The goal of this phase is to make sure each tooth is located in the best location possible to function properly as well as ensure the smile is pleasing. Phase II may involve conventional braces or Invisalign for your child. The advantage of this approach is that the child is given the chance to grow and develop a healthy bite and smile and possibly prevent complicated treatment which may include extraction of permanent teeth or orthognathic surgery.
Invisalign® For Teens and Adults
Aligning your teeth makes them easier to clean, but it also has a huge impact on your appearance. As an Invisalign provider, Integral Dental can help you straighten your teeth without having to use traditional brackets and wires.
Clear, removable Invisalign braces make it easier for you to keep your smile clean and avoid problems like tooth decay and gum disease. The advanced system uses removable plastic trays that are easy to care for and comfortable to wear.
Metal braces are still the most common type of braces for orthodontic patients. Modern metal braces are much more comfortable than ones worn in the past, as they’re flatter and smaller.
Our Winnipeg dental team may recommend braces if you suffer from crooked teeth, crowded teeth, jaw problems or a misaligned bite.
The use of cosmetic braces is another option for patients who do not like to show too much metal while they are being treated. These cosmetic braces are tooth colored and blend well with natural teeth.
Post Orthodontic Treatment
Caring for your smile after orthodontic treatment is a vital part of making sure your teeth don’t move after your orthodontic treatment. This is a critical follow-up stage that usually involves wearing a retainer. At Integral Dental we offer several different types, all of which are custom-made to fit your smile.
Ready to take the next step toward creating your best and brightest smile? Call Integral Dental in Winnipeg to schedule your appointment!