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Orthodontic treatment is a way of straightening or moving teeth, to improve the appearance of the teeth and how they work. It can also help to look after the long-term health of your teeth, gums and jaw joints, by spreading the biting pressure over all your teeth.

 

Dental Distinction treat crooked teeth with your choice of 3 methods. The traditional metal and ceramic braces, Invisalign and Myobrace.

 

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MYOBRACE

 

 

 

Welcome to the world of Myobrace.

Myobrace

 

The Myobrace System is a no-braces approach to straightening your teeth and jaws.

 

Myobrace treatment involves using a series of appliances which have the proven dual function of correcting habits that cause poor dental development, while also providing light forces to align the teeth into their natural position. This technique is now used by practitioners in more than 100 countries worldwide.

 

Treatment does not involve wearing braces or using complex and uncomfortable dental appliances 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Wearing a Myobrace appliance for one to two hours each day and overnight while sleeping, combined with a series of 'myofunctional exercises' (also known as the Trainer Activities) each day is all it takes for a real change to occur. Treatment time is usually comparable to the time required for treatment with braces, but instead of being fixed to the teeth, Myobrace appliances are removable.

 

It is a common belief that crowded teeth, incorrect jaw development and other orthodontic problems are caused by either large teeth in small jaws, or other hereditary factors. Modern research has shown that mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, reverse swallowing and thumb sucking - known as incorrect myofunctional habits - are the real causes of incorrect jaw development. Allergies, asthma and an open mouth posture can also contribute towards the jaws developing incorrectly. Bottle feeding, thumb sucking, and dummies during the early stages of a child's life can also contribute to the problem.

 

 

 

 
 

For more information, visit the Myobrace website here.

 

 

 

 

 

INVISALIGN 

 

Invisalign

 

 

 

Orthodontics is a process by which we can align your bite and straighten your teeth. Correcting tooth alignment with the use of orthodontics not only straightens your smile, but also ensures you can clean your teeth properly, which is a major factor in preventing gum disease.

 

The benefits of orthodontics extend far beyond the noticeable cosmetic improvement. A proper occlusion or bite pattern improves chewing ability, decreases the amount of tooth wear and eventually makes the teeth much easier to clean.

 

Today, with the development of Invisalign® we can offer adults a more aesthetic option to braces. Having a confident smile can change everything.  Invisalign® makes the decision easy, because you can get a stunning smile without most people even noticing you're going through treatment. 

 

Whilst braces are less obtrusive and much finer than ever, Invisalign® offers a virtually invisible treatment course. Using these revolutionary clear aligners, the position of your teeth can be altered and improved without affecting your confidence or appearance such as when metal braces are worn.

 

A confident smile isn't the only benefit of correcting your dental issues with custom-made Invisalign aligners—your health can be positively impacted as well. Here are some common dental concerns that we can treat using Invisalign®. Overly crowded teeth Widely spaced teeth Crossbite, Overbite, Underbite.

 

Here at Dental Distinction, we will work with you to create a custom-designed program that will treat your specific dental and orthodontic needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

STANDARD METAL AND CERAMIC BRACES

 Frequently Asked Questions about Orthodontics:

 

 

Q. What is orthodontics?

A. Orthodontics (also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized form of dentistry focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.

 

 

Q. What's the best age for an orthodontic visit?

A. Children should start seeing the dentist as soon as their teeth start to come through. Early orthodontic assessment can be performed as early as 5 years of age and some habit correcting treatments can be initiated during this stage (See Myobrace). However in the case of full braces treatment is often deferred until later.

 

 

Q. How can I take care of my teeth if I'm wearing braces or a retainer?

  • ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
  • Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask your orthodontist or family dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities!
  • If you take out your retainer to eat, make sure you brush your teeth, floss, and remember to keep it safe in its container so that it does not get lost or broken.
  • Keep your retainer clean, too, by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also soak it in denture cleaner as instructed by your orthodontist. Do not put your retainer in boiling water or in the dishwasher.
  • During your treatment, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar, which increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, causing more plaque and possibly cavities.
  • Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewing gum, gummy bears), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes), or any foods that could possibly get stuck in your braces (corn on the cob, soft bagels, ribs, taffy, etc.).
  • Be sure to schedule your routine checkups with your family dentist. It is recommended that you continue to visit the dentist every six months.

 

Q. What are braces?

A. Braces are used by your orthodontist to help you improve the look and feel of your smile. There are several different types of braces to choose from, including:

  • Clear braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Self-ligating braces
  • Invisible braces
  • Traditional metal braces

 

Q. If I get braces, how long do I have to wear them?

A. The amount of time spent in braces will vary depending on the individual patient, because every smile responds differently to treatment. Treatment times can take anywhere between six and 30 months, but most standard treatments take about 22 months.

 

 

Q. Do braces hurt?

A. Braces do not often hurt though you may feel a small amount of discomfort for a couple days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth get used to your new braces.

 

 

Q. Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?

A. With braces, you should brush your teeth at least three times a day to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing regularly will help remove any food that may be caught between the braces. You should also floss daily to get in between your braces where your brush isn't able to reach. Your orthodontist can show you how to properly brush and floss once your braces are placed.

 

 

Q. If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?

A. ! In fact, it's even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can't reach. This causes bacteria to build up that can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.

 

 

Q. Will my braces interfere with my school activities like sports, playing an instrument, or singing?

A. Playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment when you first get your braces, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.

 

 

Q. How do I schedule my next appointment?

A. Simply call our practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next appointment at your convenience. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, please let us know and we will provide you with all of the information you need.

 

 

Patient's teeth before braces: Patient's teeth after having braces for 18 months:
Before Braces After Braces

 (Patient treated by Dr. Golbarani)