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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.

Why Should Your Child See an Orthodontist?

October 5th, 2021

Oral health is an important part of our overall well-being. When you plan ahead, you are giving your child the best chance at having a healthy and esthetic smile. Our orthodontist uses a customized treatment approach for every single one of our patients. You can feel confident knowing that your child will be receiving full attention, and Dr. Trpkova will explain the treatment plan in detail at the very first orthodontic appointment.

When Should My Child Have Their First Orthodontic Visit?

We recommend that you bring your child for their first visit when they are from the ages of six to eight. Many children are ready for their first assessment once their first molars have erupted. Your child might not need treatment for a couple of years. Still, it’s important to let a professional decide when, and if, preventative treatment is necessary. During your first consultation, your orthodontist will be able to speak about the early warning signs and help you figure out when you should come in next.

Benefits In The Long Term

When your child is young, their mouth is more pliable and their jaws are still developing. Seeing an orthodontist at an early age can help you plan for the future. It can also help prevent many potential problems brought upon with future growth. This can save you money, and it can also prevent more serious treatments, or even surgery down the road. Signs that indicate your child might need braces include: thumb/finger sucking habit, difficulties chewing, crooked teeth, abnormal bite, issues with speech, mouth breathing, and an irregular loss of baby teeth.

Smiles have a great effect on self-esteem. By catering to your child’s needs early on, you can help their teeth grow into the proper position for their future so they can have healthy teeth and a healthy bite. We use our smiles every day, so make sure that your child has confidence in theirs.

If you have more questions or concerns about bringing your child to see an orthodontist, feel free to call your Calgary orthodontist at InLine Orthodontics!

Aligners (Invisalign) or Braces For Kids and Teens

October 5th, 2021

When it comes to correcting smiles, while many times it is for cosmetic reasons, correcting the bite and straightening teeth can have many health benefits.

There are two main orthodontic “tools” used: braces and aligners (Invisalign). What is the difference between the two, and which is best for kids and teens?

Braces

Traditional braces feature brackets cemented to the teeth and held in line by a metal wire. The brackets are traditionally made from metal. Teeth gradually shift 24 hours out of the day, and your orthodontist will change the wire and guide the teeth every number of weeks to keep the correcting process moving along. Braces are on a patient’s teeth for anywhere between16 months to two years, depending on the amount of work your child needs done. Braces can sometimes poke the inside of your mouth, or they can come off if biting into hard or chewy foods.  More appointments are needed in the clinic if that happens, called special visits.

Aligners (Invisalign)

Aligners are completely different in appearance from traditional braces. The metal brackets are replaced by multiple sets of clear teeth trays. Your orthodontist will design and create the aligners to straighten the teeth, gradually shifting them each time a new tray is introduced. The entire process can be completed in about a year to a year and a half. Aligners are a great option for older teens as well who are worried about the cosmetic appearance of traditional braces. Do not be concerned about them wearing the aligners properly. In our experience, the majority of children and teens do a great job! The big plus about aligners is that both brushing and flossing are very easy, making good oral health seamless.

Conclusion

When it comes to making a decision, the best answer to this question is to ask the patient, and the family, what option they would prefer. Dr. Trpkova has extensive experience with both traditional braces and Invisalign and can correct the teeth either way.

Call the InLine Orthodontic clinic in Calgary for your child’s consultation appointment!

Dr. Biljana Trpkova
55 Shawville Blvd SE
Calgary, AB T2Y 3P3
(403) 201-9964

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