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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!

Dr. Biljana Trpkova
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Calgary, AB T2Y 3P3
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