Orthodontics

Orthodontics refers to using oral appliances, such as braces and headgear, which shift your teeth into optimal position to create a healthy, beautiful smile. Some of our orthodontic treatments include traditional fixed braces and Invisalign invisible braces

All orthodontics treatment begins with a record-taking appointment. This may involve impressions or digital scans of the teeth, x-rays and/or photos. From this, we can determine if you are a candidate and give estimates on cost and approximate times.

Orthopedics often precedes orthodontics and involves using removable oral appliances to prevent oral problems, such as TMJ and bite problems. If orthopedics isn’t enough, orthodontic treatment will be recommended. This involves using fixed braces like metal or ceramic brackets that are bonded to the teeth and wires that are attached to the brackets. Together, they generate specific forces on the teeth and bone tissues to move them into a certain position.

Traditional fixed metal braces:

These involve metal or ceramic brackets that are bonded to the teeth and wires that are attached to the brackets. Together, they generate specific forces on the teeth and bone causing the teeth to move into a certain position.

Rochford Family Dental is proud to offer Invisalign invisible braces.

These utilize a series of clear aligners that sequentially move your teeth into proper position. Each aligner is worn for 2 weeks and gently moves them little by little to create a healthy, beautiful smile. This revolutionary technology allows for a controlled and comfortable movement without any brackets or wires. Simply put, Invisalign is one of the best ways to comfortably transform your smile without interfering with your day to day life

How does it work?
Every aligner is custom made for each patient. These are individually manufactured with exact calculations to gradually shift your teeth into place. Treatment time will vary, but usually lasts for a minimum of 9 months. Each aligner has to be worn for 2 weeks before moving onto the next set. You should remove the aligners before eating, brushing and flossing.

Does it hurt?
No, it doesn’t hurt. Invisalign uses gentle forces to gradually shift your teeth into place. However, you might feel a bit of sensitivity or slight pressure on the teeth that are moving for a short period of time. There are no brackets or wires that will poke your cheeks and gums

How long will treatment take?
Treatment time varies with each patient and depends on the complexity of the individual’s case. However, average treatment time usually lasts approximately a year or less. A complementary consultation is recommended where you can ask the dentist any questions or concerns you may have.

How much does Invisalign cost?
There are many factors that determine the cost, including the issues that need to be corrected and the length of your treatment. Specific questions can be answered during consultation. Some insurance companies also cover orthodontics to help you with costs.
If you would like to find out if you’re a candidate for Invisalign, contact Rochford Family Dental in Charlottetown to schedule a consultation today! 

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Orthopedics 

Orthopedics is typically the first step in the process of remedying maloccluded (e.g. crowded or improperly aligned) teeth in children—and in some cases, the right orthopedic treatment can actually negate the need for orthodontic treatment entirely. Functional orthopedics are typically short-term, removable therapies—like retainers or similar devices—aimed at promoting appropriate facial growth and jaw structure. Orthopedics deal with both genetic malocclusion and the much more common environmental malocclusion –related to poor tongue position, allergies, enlarged tonsils, or even mouth breathing. 

Early orthopedic treatment can increase the chances for normal development, and can also discourage potentially destructive behaviors (like mouth breathing) before they turn into habits or have a negative influence on other aspects of your child’s life, like their sleep.