Does your child need braces? Deciding when your child needs braces may be the easy part– now you need to decide on an orthodontist! Even among licensed orthodontists, techniques and skill level can vary. From credential checks to flexible payment programs, these are three essential questions to ask before choosing your child’s orthodontist.
Invisalign and Invisalign Teen
Invisalign uses a series of barely noticeable, clear, surgical grade plastic aligners to reposition your teeth over time. The trays are removable allowing you to continue to enjoy your favourite foods, maintain an active life-style, and the best part is, most people will not be able to tell you’re wearing them!
Docbraces uses a digital scanning system to take 3D impressions of teeth eliminating the need for traditional, messy, and uncomfortable impressions*. The digital scanner also produces more accurate results, which means better fitting trays, and faster results.
Docbraces is Atlantic Canada’s leading Invisalign expert and is the only orthodontic practice to have earned “Top 1% Provider” status in both New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. This designation is awarded only to practices that have treated over 800 cases using Invisalign, and places Docbraces in the top 1% of Invisalign providers in North America.
The Doctors and Smile Team members at Docbraces have committed over 150 hours of continued education on the use of Invisalign’s clear removable aligners to ensure you receive the best care available. As a result of our commitment Docbraces is able to treat moderate to complex cases using Invisalign’s clear removable aligners.
*Digital scanning system only available at select locations.
Available to patients who would like to avoid drawing attention to their orthodontic treatment, clear braces provide an excellent solution. At Docbraces we only use the newest in braces technology and today’s clear braces are made out of a translucent clear ceramic material that does not stain and remains clear throughout treatment. Depending on your particular bite, sometimes, clear braces can only be placed on the upper front teeth (the teeth that are displayed most when smiling) and metal braces may have to be placed on the bottom teeth.
With Damon Clear, people may not even realize you’re wearing braces. Damon Clear braces are discreet and resistant to staining and discoloration throughout treatment. Damon Clear combines tieless braces with high-tech archwires that move teeth quickly and comfortably without the need for “tightening”, providing an attractive treatment experience with spectacular results.
Braces (new friction–free)
Treatment using friction-free braces is faster, more comfortable, and makes maintaining oral hygiene much easier during treatment.
The light, high-tech and special shape-memory wires move your teeth faster than conventional materials into the desired position, and require fewer adjustments. Friction-free braces use a mechanism, which holds the wire, allowing your teeth to move more freely, quickly and comfortably. Treatment times with friction-free braces are typically 4-6 months less than that of conventional braces.
The passive, self-ligating braces mean that there is no need for elastic or metal ties, which can attract and collect plaque. This makes oral hygiene easier and also results in a more comfortable treatment without the need for tightening.
The majority of the bracket (60%) is fabricated from ceramic reinforced composite material, which is highly resistant to wear and staining. This combination of clear material and stainless steel gives the bracket a smaller appearance and a more aesthetic look during treatment.
Express Smiles™ is a treatment option limited to addressing the upper (and sometimes the lower) six front teeth. Those are the teeth most noticeably displayed when smiling and are thus referred to as the “social six”. Depending on a combination of the underlying treatment needs and patients preference express smiles treatment may involve either Invisalign, clear or metal braces.
Express Smiles™ is appropriate for:
- Patients who only want their front teeth aligned and are willing to accept their current bite and possible associated risks of a poor bite.
- Patients who have had previous orthodontic treatment and did not wear their retainer enough with some resulting relapse of the teeth.
- A conservative patient who just does not want to undergo comprehensive treatment
- Someone looking for a more economical and limited form of treatment
Express Smiles™ provides several of the benefits of full treatment such as improved oral hygiene, while delivering a more aesthetically appealing smile in a shorter amount of time, approximately 6-10 months for a fraction of the cost of complete orthodontic treatment.
Typically used when treating younger teens, expansion appliances are used to:
- Widen the upper jaw
- Create space
- Reduce crowding
- Allow adult teeth to emerge in an improved position
Correcting the width of the dental arches and influencing the shape and growth of the jaws in a positive manner can also help improve facial development. These corrections can also greatly improve the ability to breathe and speak clearly.
Typically used when treating younger teens, the Mara is a dental appliance used to bring the bottom jaw forward to help correct an over jet also referred to as an overbite.
Palatal Expanders are typically used to treat children between the ages of 6 – 11. If the teeth on your child’s upper jaw are becoming crowded or adult teeth are emerging in the incorrect position, your child may have a narrow upper jaw. In this instance, a palatal expander can be used to:
- Widen the upper jaw
- Create space
- Reduce crowding
- Allow adult teeth to emerge in the correct position
Correcting the width of the dental arches and influencing the shape and growth of the jaws in a positive manner can also help your child’s facial development as they grow. These corrections can also greatly improve your child’s ability to breath and speak clearly.
Typically used with younger patients between the ages of 6 – 11 a Nance is a dental appliance used to retain the width of the upper jaw following the use of a palatal expander, helping to guide adult teeth to emerge in an improved position. The Nance appliance is fixed in place so your child does not have to worry about taking it in and out or losing it.
Space maintainers are used to maintain the space between teeth when, for example, a baby tooth is lost early in a child’s development (ages 6 – 11). Space maintainers prevent the adjacent teeth from collapsing into the vacant area where the baby tooth once was. This allows for the adult tooth to descend into a better position when it naturally erupts from the gums.
Myofunctional Trainers are typically used in younger children ages 5 – 9 and worn during sleep to begin correcting harmful oral habits like thumb sucking, to widen dental arches, and to encourage the proper emergence and positioning of adult teeth.
Available to patients of any age coloured braces can be a fun way to express your individuality and make your treatment a “more colourful” experience.