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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!

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!

Top Five Best Foods for Oral Health

March 4th, 2020

Some foods are just terrible for your teeth — think cookies and candy bars — but there are certain foods that are beneficial to your oral health. Below, Dr. Biljana Trpkova and our team have covered five of the top foods to keep your teeth and gums healthy!

1. Crispy, low-acid fruits and vegetables: Fruits like apples and vegetables such as carrots and celery act like “natural toothbrushes,” helping to clear plaque from your teeth and freshen your breath.

2. Kiwis: These little green superstars are packed with vitamin C which is essential for gum health. The collagen in your gums is strengthened when you consume foods that are high in vitamin C, like kiwis, thus helping to prevent periodontal problems.

3. Raw onions: Onions have long been studied for their antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. Proliferation of bacteria is what leads to tooth decay and cavities. By including raw onions in your diet, you'll be doing your part to wipe out those little microbes before they can multiply!

4. Shiitake Mushrooms: A specific compound in shiitake mushrooms, lentinan, has been shown to have antibacterial properties that target the microbes that cause cavities while leaving other beneficial bacteria alone. It may also help prevent gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums.

5. Green Tea: Often lauded for its high antioxidant content and many health benefits, it turns out green tea also benefits your oral health! A Japanese study found men who drank green tea on a regular basis had a lower occurrence of periodontal disease compared to men who drank green tea infrequently. It's believed this is due to the catechins in green tea, a type of flavonoid that may help protect you from free radical damage, but more research needs to be done. Either way, drink up for your overall health, as well as your teeth!

If you have any questions about your oral health, or are looking for even more oral health tips, contact our Calgary, AB office!

Tips to Keep Braces Clean

February 26th, 2020

Orthodontic technology changes and improves all the time. Today’s braces are lighter, smaller, and more efficient than those of past years. Wires are thinner and more flexible. Even brackets come in different styles and colors. These developments are all great news for braces wearers. Unfortunately, there is one advancement we haven’t been able to offer: self-cleaning braces.

Brackets and wires can both trap food particles and make brushing them away more difficult. This can lead to increased plaque, cavities, and staining around the area of your braces. But with the proper supplies and habits, keeping your braces clean will become routine in no time.

Braces-healthy Supplies

  • Toothbrush

Your old toothbrush might work well enough with some brushing adjustments. We can show you how to angle your brush so it works most effectively, and how to make sure the bristles clean around your braces. Or, if you like, there are actually manual toothbrushes designed just for braces. These have V-shaped bristles to make cleaning around the brackets easier. Some people find an electric toothbrush works best. Whichever type of brush you use, be sure you use it often!

  • Floss

Again, if regular floss works for you, stay with your normal products. If you are finding it difficult to get into the narrow spaces around your braces, there are floss threaders to get the floss into tight spaces, and flosses specially designed to work with braces.

  • Interproximal brush

A big name for a tiny brush! These little cone-shaped brushes can clean around your brackets and under your wires—a great way to reach parts of your teeth your regular brush can’t.

Braces-healthy Habits

  • Brush after every meal and sugary drink

Because food particles tend to stick to your braces, and the bacteria in plaque feed on these particles, your enamel is under attack without thorough cleaning after meals. Take a toothbrush and supplies with you to school or work so that you can always brush after eating. If there is absolutely no way to brush, be sure to rinse immediately with water.

  • Brush carefully

Pay attention to each tooth, the area around your braces, and your gum line. And don’t forget the tops and inside of your teeth! A common suggestion for braces wearers is to devote at least ten seconds to each tooth. We might also recommend a special mouthwash to reduce bacteria and help keep your mouth and breath fresh.

  • Brush on the go

Put together a cleaning kit for when you are out of the house. A brush, some floss, and toothpaste in a handy container will let you brush whenever you need to, wherever you may be. Leave it in your backpack or bag, and you’re ready for anything!

  • Watch your diet

Foods that stick to teeth will stick to braces, so avoid caramels, licorice, chewy candies, and any other sticky treats. Why make your life more difficult?

While braces can make brushing and flossing more complicated, you can still keep your teeth clean, bright, and cavity-free. And remember, regular dental exams and professional cleanings are more important than ever during this time. At your next visit to our Calgary, AB office, talk to Dr. Biljana Trpkova about the best products and practices for the cleanest possible teeth and braces. We have plenty of ideas to help make sure you’ll have the healthy, beautiful smile you’ve worked so hard for when those braces come off!

What is dentofacial orthopedics?

February 19th, 2020

You may have noticed that we specialize in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. And while most people we talk to have heard of orthodontics, many are confused by the dentofacial orthopedics part of the title. Today, Dr. Biljana Trpkova and our team thought we would explain the difference.

While orthodontics entails the management of tooth movement, dentofacial orthopedics involves the guidance of facial growth and facial development, which occurs for the most part during childhood, and is a reason why kids are often the best candidates for receiving dentofacial orthopedic therapy. Dr. Biljana Trpkova will examine and monitor your child’s growth to determine when starting treatment will be most effective. If your child begins orthodontic treatment before his or her adult teeth have erupted, it is known as Phase-One treatment. During this phase, Dr. Biljana Trpkova will use treatments designed to correct your child’s jaw growth and make sure that the jaw bone is properly aligned before beginning the next phase of treatment, which usually involves placing braces to straighten your child's teeth.

Dentofacial orthopedics is also used to treat adult patients at Inline Orthodontics, however, this process may involve surgery. With our younger patients, we know the jaw bones are still forming, making it easier for our team at Inline Orthodontics to control bone growth and tooth movement. Adults, however, are a different story; their bones are no longer growing, and their jaw bones have hardened, so it is more difficult to adjust the bite and move teeth into proper alignment. Dr. Biljana Trpkova may recommend surgery to adjust the jaw bone and establish the proper bite alignment before beginning treatment.

Because our team at Inline Orthodontics is skilled in both areas, we are able to diagnose any misalignments in the teeth and jaw as well as the facial structure, and can devise a treatment plan that integrates both orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic treatments.

We hope that helps! To learn more about dentofacial orthopedics, and to find out if this type of treatment is right for you, please contact our Calgary, AB office and schedule an initial consultation for you or your child. It’s never too late to get a great smile, and we can’t wait to help you or your child get started.

Does Your Valentine Wear Braces?

February 12th, 2020

The Valentine shopping list is traditional and simple: Flowers. Candy. But if your Valentine is in braces this year, suddenly your choices become more complicated. No need to worry! Dr. Biljana Trpkova and our Calgary, AB team have some sweet suggestions that are both braces-friendly and Valentine-approved.

First, let’s look at some options where Cupid’s arrow has missed the mark.

  • Caramels—these sticky treats are difficult to clean from orthodontic work, and sticky, chewy foods can even cause damage to wires and brackets.
  • Chocolate covered nuts—hard foods such as nuts can break or bend wires and brackets.
  • Assorted chocolates—a confectionary minefield! There are bound to be some caramels and nuts in there somewhere, hiding beneath an innocent coat of chocolate, just waiting to ruin your Valentine’s evening.
  • Other candies such as taffy, licorice, hard candy? No, no, and no. Remember, anything sticky, chewy, or hard is on the “Loves Me Not” list.

So, which chocolate treats won’t break hearts or braces?

  • Soft truffles—if it’s not Valentine’s Day without a be-ribboned box of chocolates, choose soft truffles to fill it.
  • Chocolate mousse—the perfect end to a romantic dinner.
  • Chocolate covered strawberries—it’s a special occasion treat that won’t mistreat braces.
  • Rich chocolate cake—always a delightful indulgence, and even better if it’s in the shape of a heart.

If your Valentine is not a chocolate fan, there are other sweet treats that are delicious alternatives.

  • Cheesecake can be topped with (pitted!) cherries to celebrate in holiday-appropriate color.
  • Soft heart-shaped cookies will be even more romantic with decorative icing—add your initials for a personal touch.
  • Select an array of frozen yogurt, ice cream, or gelato in different shades of pink.
  • Macarons also come in a variety of pink and red shades—but make sure this confection is on your Valentine’s braces-friendly list!

Of course, you can celebrate the day without sugary tributes. A single flower, watching your favorite movie together or, best of all, a heartfelt card or letter are all wonderful ways to show you care. But if it’s just not the same holiday without a sweet treat, try some of our suggestions. Your Valentine will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Orthodontic Treatment through the Internet

February 5th, 2020

You can learn just about anything on the Internet these days. You can also order just about anything on the Internet these days.

But would you order your braces on the Internet? There’s a new trend involving websites that claim to offer a solution for straightening teeth, without your ever seeing a dentist or orthodontist in person.

These companies usually have patients take an impression of their teeth using putty and a tray. Then you mail the impressions back to the company where a dentist reportedly examines them and suggests a course of treatment using 3D modeling software.

A series of clear aligners are made, to be worn by the patient in order to attain the desired result. Although this form of orthodontic treatment may cost less than seeing an orthodontist in person, there are several reasons why you should avoid it:

  • Potential health hazards are missed: If your oral health is not up to par (e.g., you have cavities, gingivitis, chipped teeth, etc.), an orthodontist would not suggest orthodontic treatment. Only after these issues are addressed would treatment be considered as an option. Whether this is the case with a person can’t be known when all the doctor sees is a set of impressions.
  • Lack of information about the patient: Before you receive any orthodontic treatment, an orthodontist will have X-rays taken to make sure you are a good candidate. If the bones or teeth do not look like they would align properly with treatment, another course of care may be suggested, even necessary. None of this background is available to over-the-net orthodontic providers.
  • No regular checkups: The purpose of regular checkups with Dr. Biljana Trpkova is to ensure that everything is moving properly, on schedule, and most important, safely. This lack of hands-on care with Internet orthodontics could be a hazard for you as a patient and has the potential to do more harm than good.

It’s not worth the risk of getting orthodontic treatment over the net just to save some money. Our Calgary, AB office is committed to working with you, whatever your financial situation may be.

Let’s work together to give you the smile you deserve!

Dr. Biljana Trpkova
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Calgary, AB T2Y 3P3
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