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How Often do I Need to See My Orthodontist After Starting Treatment?

December 27th, 2021

If you are thinking about starting orthodontics treatment, you might be wondering how often you will need to go back for appointments during the process. How often you need to go back is determined by your unique treatment.

During Braces Treatment

If you have braces, you can expect to see your orthodontist every four to eight weeks during treatment. Your orthodontist will adjust your braces, tighten the wires or replace them. These appointments are used for checking on the progress of your teeth and seeing how much they are moving. They might also give you rubber bands for your braces.

These appointments will usually last around 20 minutes for routine check-ups, but can be longer for additional treatment. Try and do your best to stick to the schedule given by your orthodontist so that your treatment can progress as planned.

During Invisalign/Aligner Treatment

During your Invisalign, or aligner treatment, you will usually see the orthodontist every ten to twelve weeks. Because the aligners are pre-designed by your orthodontist, and you will have them at home, unlike with traditional braces, your “activations” happen every time you switch into a new set of aligners. Your specialist will check if your teeth are adjusting properly, or if any changes to your treatment need to be made, either via virtual appointments, or in-office appointments. Therefore, you will have the flexibility to not have to attend as many appointments in the office as with traditional braces.

Treatment With Other Appliances

You can also be treated using expanders, space maintainers, or other fixed or removable appliances.  For these, you might need to stop by your orthodontist’s office every three months. Your orthodontist will always let you know how often they want you to come in for your appointments.

No matter what type of treatment you are getting, your orthodontist will want you to visit frequently enough so they can guide, monitor, and adjust your treatment. They want to be sure that everything is going smoothly and that your treatment will be efficient and optimized to your individual needs.

4 Things Every Mom Must Do Before Choosing an Orthodontist

December 27th, 2021

Choosing the right orthodontist for your children ensures that your children get the most out of their orthodontic treatment. These are four things you should do to help you find the right orthodontist for you and your family.

Get a Second Opinion

Your childrens’ health is of the utmost importance to you, so make sure that you consider all of the options available before making a decision. While looking for an orthodontist for your child, you can take your dentist’s opinion into consideration. However, you should never feel pressure to make a choice you are not comfortable with. You are always able to get a second opinion if you feel unsure about when or where your child should begin their orthodontic treatment, or even what type of treatment they should receive.

Find the Right Orthodontist for Your Family

You and your family will be working closely with your orthodontist. In most cases, it is important to choose one that you like. Make sure that you carefully look at the qualifications, experience, personality, and overall reputation of the orthodontists that are in your area, and then be sure you select one who meets your needs.

Know What Questions to Ask Them

Asking a lot of questions from the beginning is the best way to make sure your children get the most out of their orthodontic treatments. No two sets of teeth or mouths are exactly alike, and no two children will have the same orthodontic needs. An orthodontist who is credible will want you, as a parent, to be as informed as possible. This includes informing you about treatment options and recommendations, explaining braces/aligners/other appliances, or any other relevant issues about your children’s specific needs.

Make a Decision

As a parent, you always want the best for your child. You also want to be confident in the decision you make, especially because it is for their health. It might be overwhelming to make a decision, but you can rest assured that Dr. Trpkova at InlineOrthodontics and her team are here to help you understand the foundation needed for a healthy smile. Our specialist can help you customize your orthodontist plan that is tailored to your child’s needs. We always think about your child’s lifestyle and preferences, so both you and your child can feel confident in your decision.

Childhood orthodontic care can improve speech, confidence, oral health, reduce grinding, and help with eating habits. Most children visit an orthodontist at age seven for the first time. If you think your child may need early orthodontic care or Invisalign in Calgary, call the team at InLine Orthodontics for more information to book a consultation!

Can Orthodontic Treatment Help Sleep Apnea?

October 5th, 2021

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes the person to have difficulty breathing while sleeping at night. It is a disruptive and even potentially dangerous sleep condition. It is characterized by loud snoring and pauses in breathing during deep sleep.

Sleep Apnea Causes

There are a few causes and risk factors for sleep apnea: genetics, being overweight, and certain anatomy of the jaw/mouth structure that may impact how likely you are to suffer from sleep apnea. The majority of sleep apnea cases are caused by airway obstruction, though it can also be a disorder with the brain called central sleep apnea.

Obstruction Sleep Apnea

Overbites

An overbite is characterized by an upper and lower jaw that do not meet normally. While it is normal for the upper teeth to sit slightly in front of the lower, the gap should not be very noticeable and certainly should not cause you considerable issues at night when breathing. When the lower jaw sits further back than the upper the soft tissue parts attached like the tongue and palette could slide further back, disrupting normal airflow.

Larger features in the mouth

When a patient visits the orthodontist, they may be looking for large tonsils, uvula, or tongue. Large tonsils may fall back and restrict nighttime airflow. The same goes for a larger uvula and tongue. If the uvula rests on the tongue while relaxed, or the tongue sits above the back teeth, this may pose a problem, specifically if a patient tends to sleep on their back.

While an orthodontist cannot diagnose a patient with sleep apnea, they may recommend you see a sleep specialist. Following diagnosis, orthodontic treatment can help people who are dealing with sleep apnea symptoms.

Potential Orthodontic Solutions

Orthodontists typically cannot help as much if the cause of sleep apnea is central; however, an orthodontist can generally assist with symptomatic relief in the case of obstructive sleep apnea.

Jaw position

If the sleep apnea is generally a structural issue, patients may find symptomatic relief by slightly altering the jaw position. Orthodontists can adjust the patient's lower jaw so that it remains in the ideal position while sleeping. This process is completed with special appliances, or in some cases with orthodontic treatment including braces/aligners and elastics that shift the bottom jaw forward.

Palate expander

When sleep apnea is observed in children, the cause may be a narrow and underdeveloped palate. To correct issues with the palate, our orthodontist Dr. Trpkova may recommend a rapid palate expander. This solution is only effective in younger patients whose jaws have yet to develop fully.

If you think you are struggling with sleep apnea, speak to our Orthodontist at InLine Orthodontics today, and talk about potential solutions!

Invisalign First – An Innovative Alternative For Your Child!

October 5th, 2021

If your child needs orthodontic treatment, there is an option out there that allows them to keep their smile shining through. By going with custom-made aligners (Invisalign)  your child’s teeth can be corrected in a discreet, comfortable way before the issue can become worse.

What is Invisalign First?

Invisalign First is made up of a series of clear plastic trays which are designed to fit around growing teeth to help gently guide them to their correct positions. These clear aligners are nearly invisible and they can be removed for eating, drinking and for oral hygiene routines. This treatment is specially designed for growing mouths and it is safe to use while permanent teeth are still coming through.

Why go With Invisalign First?

If your child has an irregular growth of their new teeth, or incorrect bite, they could be more prone to getting cavities and other oral health problems. Also, incorrect bites and irregular growth of their teeth are likely to worsen over time. Invisalign First can be a good solution to help correct current and prevent  future problems.This can help save your child from needing to undergo more extensive and costly treatment later on in life.

Will Invisalign First be Right for my Child?

Invisalign First can be used as an innovative treatment by your orthodontist to correct a variety of issues such as crowding, spacing, narrow dental arches and more. Invisalign trays can be very easily removed for cleaning, meals, brushing, flossing or even to snap a quick photo. Unlike braces, there will be no painful, poky wires that your child will need to deal with. Keep in mind that this preventative treatment is ideal for children who are aged 6 to 10. Our orthodontist will be able to help you determine when the best time is to start your child on the path to a beautiful, healthy smile.

If you are looking for more information about Invisalign in Calgary, feel free to call InLine Orthodontics! We can help make recommendations about the best options for your child’s oral health.

Dr. Biljana Trpkova
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Calgary, AB T2Y 3P3
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