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Orthodontics

Braces, Invisalign & more

Find the Latest Smile Enhancement Options with Kanata North Orthdontics

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In our self-image conscious society, a healthy smile with bright and well-aligned teeth is important. Orthodontics is a treatment for teeth that don’t fit together properly. The objective is to bring teeth to an ideal and healthier position.


Improperly aligned teeth might make smiling uncomfortable, which is usually the reason patients consult with Dr. Assad at Kanata North Dental Office. However, these alignment issues may also affect speech and digestion. Teeth that are misaligned or overcrowded may be more difficult to clean and can cause decay or gum disease.


Comprehensive Orthodontics

If your objective is a cosmetic improvement over a short period of time, a simple orthodontic treatment might be enough to take care of misaligned teeth. Alternatively, comprehensive orthodontics goes beyond front teeth appearance and looks at the whole jaw and facial build (craniofacial structure). This is done to improve teeth alignment, appearance and to provide the best bite possible.


Treatment is typically recommended in children where bone and muscle growth can be used to correct the problem. You should expect comprehensive orthodontics to last for a few years. The result is healthy and perfectly functional teeth and jaws in a fully balanced face. Adults can also benefit from a comprehensive approach. However, time required to achieve the desired results may be longer.


Conditions needing orthodontic treatment:

  • Overcrowded and misaligned teeth
  • Teeth that don’t close properly (malocclusion)
  • Lower jaw too small or too large
  • Jaw(s) too narrow
  • Excess space between teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Cleft palate


Is Orthodontic Treatment Recommended for Children?

A child’s bones are much more malleable than an adult's. When problems are diagnosed early, treatment can be started that will greatly reduce or even prevent problems with permanent teeth. Problems such as a recessed jaw can be easily corrected in a child, while more difficult to do in adults. However, children may be less disciplined and responsible than adults. It is critical for parents to set a good example of oral hygiene and to follow-up frequently.


Am I Too Old?

Orthodontic care is not just for young people. Adults of all ages can benefit from orthodontics. Well-aligned teeth make for a beautiful smile and you will feel more self-confident and ready to show that dazzling smile. Moreover, it will make dental and oral hygiene easier and more effective in the future, reducing the probability of cavities and gum disease. We live long lives. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy will protect your overall health and bring you more enjoyment out of life.


What Are the Available Treatments?

There was a time when only braces with elastics could be used to treat orthodontic problems. Now there are several treatments available to you. In most cases, the new treatments take less time and are more comfortable than conventional ones.

  • Damon® System self-ligating braces
  • Six Month Braces® clear braces
  • Six Month Smiles® clear braces
  • Invisalign® clear trays


All methods are not equally effective depending on the type and severity of the problem. Let Dr. Assad assess your case and recommend the best treatment.


How is It Done?

Dr. Assad must first understand the result you want and identify the problem and evaluate its seriousness. This assessment includes an examination and X-rays of the teeth and head.


Dr. Assad will then recommend a treatment strategy that will meet your objective and expectations. He will explain the following:

  • Details of your treatment
  • Why it is appropriate in your case
  • How long it will take to achieve the desired result
  • What it means for you in everyday life
  • How much it will cost


Kanata North Dental Office will make sure you fully understand all aspects before beginning treatment.


Steps of an Orthodontic Treatment

  • Diagnosis
  • Orthopedics* ― occasionally surgery is needed to correct deficiencies of the jaw
  • Extraction* ― pulling one or several teeth may be required when teeth are overcrowded
  • Realignment of the teeth ― there are several methods to straighten teeth:
    • Metal braces with elastics (conventional)
    • Self-ligating metal braces
    • Clear trays
    • Clear braces
  • Retention ― making sure teeth remain in their new position


* These steps don't apply in all cases.


Proper Dental Care during Orthodontic Treatment

The first and foremost rule is to keep your teeth ultra clean! This is an absolute must regardless of your treatment method. If your treatment uses brackets, the acid in plaque will make the brackets come loose. If you don't brush thoroughly, white circles around the area where brackets are bonded may develop, leaving permanent white spots on your teeth. Socially speaking, you don’t want food residue to show when you speak or smile.


Please wear the auxiliary appliances as prescribed by Dr. Assad. Whether elastics, headgear or removable appliances, they are prescribed because they are necessary to achieve the desired result.


Do you have a problem? If anything breaks or pops, tell Kanata North Dental Office as soon as possible. If you experience discomfort, we will see you promptly to correct the issue. If you are not in pain, we will make sure to allocate enough time to reattach or repair the broken area at your next adjustment appointment.


Are There Any Food Restrictions?

Some foods and chewing habits may damage your braces and extend the treatment time. The general rule is to stay away from hard, tough, chewy or sticky foods and food you have to bite into. Dr. Assad actually recommends keeping with soft food for the first few days.


In general, keep away from:

  • Raw carrots, corn on the cob and crunchy apples
  • Candy, nuts, chewing gum, licorice, caramels and chocolates
  • Hard crust bread and rolls
  • Potato chips, popcorn and all types of crispy snacks


Is Orthodontic Treatment Recommended for Children?

A child’s bones are much more malleable than an adult's. When problems are diagnosed early, treatment can be started that will greatly reduce or even prevent problems with permanent teeth. Problems such as a recessed jaw can be easily corrected in a child, while more difficult to do in adults. However, children may be less disciplined and responsible than adults. It is critical for parents to set a good example of oral hygiene and to follow-up frequently.


Am I Too Old?

Orthodontic care is not just for young people. Adults of all ages can benefit from orthodontics. Well-aligned teeth make for a beautiful smile and you will feel more self-confident and ready to show that dazzling smile. Moreover, it will make dental and oral hygiene easier and more effective in the future, reducing the probability of cavities and gum disease. We live long lives. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy will protect your overall health and bring you more enjoyment out of life.


What Are the Available Treatments?

There was a time when only braces with elastics could be used to treat orthodontic problems. Now there are several treatments available to you. In most cases, the new treatments take less time and are more comfortable than conventional ones.


All methods are not equally effective depending on the type and severity of the problem. Let Dr. Assad assess your case and recommend the best treatment.


How is It Done?

Dr. Assad must first understand the result you want and identify the problem and evaluate its seriousness. This assessment includes an examination and X-rays of the teeth and head.


Dr. Assad will then recommend a treatment strategy that will meet your objective and expectations. He will explain the following:

  • Details of your treatment
  • Why it is appropriate in your case
  • How long it will take to achieve the desired result
  • What it means for you in everyday life
  • How much it will cost


Kanata North Dental Office will make sure you fully understand all aspects before beginning treatment.


Steps of an Orthodontic Treatment

  • Diagnosis
  • Orthopedics* ― occasionally surgery is needed to correct deficiencies of the jaw
  • Extraction* ― pulling one or several teeth may be required when teeth are overcrowded
  • Realignment of the teeth ― there are several methods to straighten teeth:
    • Metal braces with elastics (conventional)
    • Self-ligating metal braces
    • Clear trays
    • Clear braces
  • Retention ― making sure teeth remain in their new position


Check salads carefully as they may contain nuts or other hard food that could damage your braces. And please don't chew on your pens, pencils, fingernails, etc.


How Will I Feel during Treatment?

At first, your mouth may feel a bit sore and your teeth may be sensitive when you bite. This will diminish after three to five days. Rinsing your mouth vigorously with a warm, salt water solution will help. A teaspoonful of salt in a cup of warm water should do the trick. If the discomfort does not go away, we recommend taking ibuprofen or your usual headache medication.


Your lips and tongue may also be affected for a week or two before they become accustomed to your braces. Dr. Assad can show you how to relieve the irritation with dental wax.


A beautiful and healthy smile is an asset for your entire life. Consult with Dr. Assad to see if an orthodontic treatment would be beneficial for you or your child.

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