At Laird Dental you will be seen by Dr. Nilforouhan, an orthodontist who has many years of experience with both braces and Invisalign. We can assure you that she will review all your options and let you know if she believes one option is more effective. We are super excited to use our Itero scanner and show you a before and after stimulation of your own teeth! Take advantage of our complimentary orthodontic consult and book yours today!
When should I take my child to see an orthodontist?
Canadian and American Association of Orthodontics recommends that every child visits the orthodontist by age 7. The reason is that some problems with the jaws and bite can easily be corrected if caught early. In some cases, it may even prevent future jaw surgery. If it is too early your orthodontist will not start any treatment and monitor the bite until treatment is needed.
Do I need to wait for all the adult teeth to come in before starting braces?
In most cases, you do not need to wait for all the adult teeth to come in before starting braces. It is always better to have an orthodontic consultation early. An orthodontist checks the teeth and the bite and monitors. If a problem exists, braces will be recommended.
Can I straighten my teeth at any age?
Teeth can be straightened at any age when the bone and gums surrounding the teeth are healthy. In most cases, teeth will become healthier when they become straight. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean, ultimately resulting in healthier gums and smiles. Aside from the cosmetics of a straighter smile, as we live longer we depend on our teeth to enjoy food by being able to chew properly!
Why do I need to straighten my teeth
To have a beautiful smile: Great first impressions are winners! Why not with a pretty smile!
- To have a great bite: A good bite helps with proper chewing and reduces excessive wear of the teeth.
- To have healthy teeth and gums: A guarantee to keep your teeth longer!
What kind of orthodontic braces is used at Laird Dental?
At Laird Dental we use metal braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces and Invisalign. Children, adolescents, and adults are all seen at Laird Dental. We are a full scope orthodontic practice in addition to family dentistry.
Does braces work better or Invisalign?
In most cases, braces and Invisalign can both effectively move teeth. In some cases, one will give a better result.
Canadian Association of Orthodontics and American Association of Orthodontic recommend that every child visits the Orthodontist by age 7.
Early intervention frequently makes the completion of treatment at a later age easier and less time consuming.
In most cases by age 7 first permanent molars and anterior teeth are present in the mouth and the child is mature enough to handle any necessary treatment. In addition the growth of the jaws is not complete therefore treatments that correct jaw growth are still effective. Orthodontic treatment at this stage is called phase 1 treatment.
Adolescents can take advantage of orthodontic treatment to improve their smile, bite, and facial balance. The age to start treatment can vary in individuals depending on their growth and tooth eruption timing. Therefore it is never too early or late to consult with your orthodontist.
Adult orthodontic treatment can be performed at any age as long as the health of the gums and teeth are confirmed. Advances in dental science enable us with more esthetic options to perform orthodontic treatment with least impact on a busy career of an adult patient.
Orthodontic braces are a device used in orthodontics to align teeth and correct the bite. Metal braces have improved through the years to a smaller size and more effective mechanics. Usually children are thrilled to be able to choose colors on their braces.
Ceramic braces are tooth colored therefore less visible and are more appealing to adult patients.
Invisalign is a series of clear aligners custom made for each patient. The aligners need to be worn by patients at all time in order to be effective.
Lingual braces are an esthetic alternative to clear braces which are cemented to the inside of the teeth therefore invisible to the public. These braces are custom build in the laboratory for each patient. In our office we use the most recent self-ligating system for our lingual cases.