Home

 


You already know that braces straighten crooked teeth. But what you may not realize is that orthodontic treatment achieves more than beautiful smiles.

WHAT IS ORTHODONTICS?

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry the specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The technical term for these problems in "malocclusion" which means "bad bite". The practice of orthodontics requires professional skill in the design, application and control of corrective appliances (braces) to bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment and achieve facial balance.

WHY DO DENTAL AND FACIAL PROBLEMS OCCUR?

Most malocclusions are inherited, but some are acquired. Inherited problems include crowded teeth, too much space between teeth, extra or missing teeth or a cleft palate. Acquired malocclusion can be caused by thumb or finger sucking, tongue thrusting, dental disease, or premature loss of baby or permanent teeth. Whether inherited or acquired many of these problems affect not only alignment of the teeth but facial appearance as well.

WHY IS ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT IMPORTANT?

Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean, which may contribute to decay or gum disease and tooth loss. Other problems include abnormal wear of tooth surfaces and excess stress on supporting bone and gums.

WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE A SPECIALIST?

Teeth and sometimes faces are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is very important that the treatment be done properly. Orthodontic specialists limit their practice to orthodontics, they do not do fillings and cleanings, also they have completed advanced education programs following dental school. Most orthodontists did practice general dentistry before returning to University to complete an Orthodontic Program (three additional years) where they learned the special skills required to manage tooth movement and guide facial development. Specialists use the most advanced techniques available today.

HOW DO YOU FIND AN ORTHODONTIC SPECIALIST?

The easiest way is to ask your general dentist, he will be able to supply you with the names of specialists in your area, also talk to people you know who have braces. To find a Certified Orthodontic Specialist anywhere in Canada visit the Canadian Orthodontic Association website at www.cao-aco.org or contact the College of Dental Surgeons in B.C. to acquire a list of Specialists licenced in you B.C.

WHEN SHOULD TREATMENT BEGIN?

There is no one answer to this as each orthodontic problem and each child is unique, however having your child see an orthodontist by age 7 is a good idea if problems have been detected by you or your dentist. Most treatment is done during adolescence, but early examination allows the specialist to determine when a child's problem should be treated for maxilmum improvement with the least time and expense.


 

 

   
 

Dr. Steve K. Davis Inc.
B.Sc., D.M.D., M.Sc., M.R.C.D.(C)

Certified Orthodontic Specialist for Adults, Teens and Children (No Referral Necessary)