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  • Some patients may require widening of the upper arch as a first stage of orthodontic treatment. The most common reason for using a palatal expansion appliance is when a crossbite problem is evident.

    This type of orthodontic treatment is very predictable and effective in growing adolescent patients.

    It is common for a space to develop between the upper front teeth when palatal expansion commences. This is viewed as favourable as it confirms that true skeletal expansion has occurred.

    This space tends to close naturally when the active expansion is completed. Any small residual space is simple to resolve with fixed appliance treatment.
  • INCOGNITO™ HIDDEN BRACES

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    Incognito Hidden Braces is one of the latest advancements in orthodontic options. Hidden behind your teeth, these braces are custom-made to fit only you. Smile confidently your entire way through treatment...no one will know you have braces (unless you tell them, of course).


    Invisible

    Braces are completely hidden, placed behind your teeth. You don't have to worry about taking them out to eat or the number of hours you must wear them in a day.


    Intelligent

    Utilizes digital technology to engineer brackets and wires to deliver a precise, targeted result.


    Individualized

    100% customized just for you for improved comfort and an efficient treatment.

    With over 100,000 cases treated worldwide, chances are you’ve seen someone wearing them, and you didn’t even know it!
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    How do Incognito Hidden Braces Work?

    Similar to traditional metal braces, Incognito™ Hidden Braces are a combination of brackets and wires. However, these are completely custom-made and fit on the inside of your teeth.

    The process begins with the doctor taking a precise impression of your teeth. Your doctor sends the impression to the 3M lab where, based on your doctor’s prescription, models of your mouth are made to represent the desired result -- your perfect smile.

    The brackets are then designed to specifically fit each one of your teeth. Based on where the brackets are placed and your doctor’s instructions, the wires are robotically bent. Everything is shipped off to your doctor so you can get your braces.


    Life with Incognito Hidden Braces

    We know what you’re thinking....will I be able to talk? Are they comfortable? Can I keep them clean?


    Speech

    There will be an adjustment period with these braces because they rest near your tongue. Most people find that within two weeks, they forget the braces are there and speak just as they did before getting braces.


    Comfort

    Since the brackets are custom-made to fit your teeth snugly, people who wear Incognito Hidden Braces find them extremely comfortable after they adjust to them. The brackets are smooth and have a low profile, meaning they sit very close to your teeth.


    Hygiene

    Is extremely important with any orthodontic treatment, and Incognito Hidden Braces are no different. An easy place to start is with an electric toothbrush. Flossing must not be forgotten! Many patients find water-based toothpicks work well and keep the mouth feeling fresh throughout treatment, especially on the tongue and around each bracket. If you use mouthwash, you can continue this with your Incognito Hidden Braces.

    incognito3To learn more about what life’s like with Incognito™ Hidden Braces, visit 3M.ca/IncognitoJacqui, a blog that outlines one patient’s experience.

    If you have additional questions about Incognito Hidden Braces, please contact our office. We’ll be happy to help!

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  • A Twin Block consists of an upper and lower plate. When the teeth are brought together, the lower jaw is forced forward into a more ideal position. The muscles act on the teeth and jaws via the plates to correct the bite.

    This type of treatment is commonly referred to as a first phase treatment an aims to move the upper and lower teeth into a good position relative to one another and to encourage ideal growth of the jaws. It usually commences when there are still some first teeth present and there is active growth occurring. This growth allows the jaw growth to be directed and the teeth to move into a better position. The new permanent teeth are then more likely to erupt in the correct position.

    The duration of this phase varies with the severity and nature of the problem, but is generally approximately 9 to 12 months. Co-operation, by wearing the appliance, is the most important factor. Good wear can reduce the treatment time and poor wear can result in no improvement whatsoever.

    All orthodontic appliances are designed to apply gentle pressure to the teeth, which results in tooth movement. The wires and plastic apply the pressure to the teeth. The movements possible with plates are limited compared with full braces. They are good at moving many teeth but are not as good as braces at positioning individual teeth into an ideal position.

    There may be a break between the two phases while the remainder of the permanent teeth erupt. During this time it may be necessary to wear an appliance occasionally to maintain the correction that has been achieved.
  • All orthodontic appliances are designed to apply gentle pressure to the teeth which results in tooth movement. It is the wires and o-rings that apply the pressure to the teeth initially. Later elastic chain and elastic bands can also be used.

    Braces have improved significantly in function and design over the years. Using technology from the space industry, orthodontic wires are now capable of providing more gentle forces over a longer period of time. This often translates into a decreased frequency of office visits, reduction in overall treatment time and a decrease in the discomfort of wearing braces.

    Braces are composed of brackets and wire. The brackets are small squares attached to each tooth and are metal or ceramic. When a wire is bent into various shapes, then seated into the bracket it acts as a spring which wants to return to its original shape. With a constant application of gentle pressure bone is absorbed on one side of the tooth. At the same time, new bone slowly hardens on the other side to hold the tooth in its new position. This is the reason teeth feel slightly loose when they are moving.
  • A beautiful, healthy smile can enhance your life and help you to radiate confidence.
    If you have ever considered transforming your smile but have held back because you did not want metal braces Invisalign could be the answer for you.

    Invisalign - What is Invisalign? 
    Invisalign is a series of removable, clear aligners that can be used to straighten teeth.
    Each aligner is worn for two weeks and gradually moves the teeth into a beautiful smile. Invisalign treatment is customised for you, as each aligner is individually manufactured to fit your teeth.
    Watch this short video to find out more about Invisalign Treatment:

    Benefits of Invisalign
    Invisalign is a great way to transform your smile without interfering with your daily life.
    The key benefits of Invisalign are:
    • Virtually Invisible
    • Removable
    • No restrictions on what you can eat
    • Hygienic – the aligners are removed for brushing and flossing
    • Comfortable
    Ideal Invisalign Case
    Invisalign is a great option for adults who want to transform their smile while minimising the impact of treatment on their day-to-day life. Invisalign has been used to treat over one million patients worldwide. Due to the growing rate of Invisalign clinical experience, an ever increasing range of orthodontic cases can be treated with Invisalign.
    The features of an ideal Invisalign case are:
    • Mild to moderate crowding
    • Mild to moderate spacing
    • Narrow arches
    • Relapse after braces
    Contact the practice to find out if Invisalign is suitable for you.

    Invisalign Teen
    Now, with the introduction of Invisalign Teen even adolescents can enjoy the benefits of the Invisalign System. The Invisalign Teen system is specifically designed for the needs of teenagers. Invisalign Teen:
    • Allows for any teeth that are still growing
    • Has a special blue dot wear indicator – when the dot fades you graduate to the next set of aligners
    • Are replaceable if lost
    Treatment Time
    Invisalign treatment is customised and therefore the number of aligners varies for each person. On average the treatment time with Invisalign ranges from 9 to 18 months. During your treatment you will visit us every 6 to 8 weeks for adjustments. At these appointments we will check your progress and issue you with new aligners to continue the straightening process.

    The Invisalign Treatment Process
    The Invisalign System then uses 3D computer technology to generate a virtual model from impressions of your teeth. Your orthodontist then plans the exact tooth movements that need to be performed using this model. The virtual 3D treatment plan (ClinCheck®) shows the series of movements your teeth will go through over the course of the treatment. This allows you to see upfront what your teeth are expected to look like at the end of the treatment. From the results of the ClinCheck, your custom-made, clear aligners are created specifically for you.

    Watch this short video to learn more about the Invisalign manufacturing process:


    Invisalign Results
    View the Invisalign Gallery for before and after example of the results Invisalign can produce:
  • These orthodontic appliances can be easily removed by the patient for eating and cleaning theteeth. Plates cannot correct crowding of the teeth and can only be used successfully for minor cases. They cannot move teeth precisely and therefore cannot substitute for braces. Occasionally a type of plate called a “retainer” can be used after treatment to maintain the corrected teeth.
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