Align Crooked, Uneven Teeth with Tip-Edge Orthodontics
For patients who desire a straighter smile, Elements Dental offers a variety of orthodontic treatments, including clear aligners. However, for some patients, traditional orthodontics, or metal braces, may serve as the best treatment option. Whether your case is moderate or severe, you can rest assured that Dr. Ray T. Chow will provide you with the highest level of orthodontic care in Victoria, BC. Dr. Chow is passionate about helping patients achieve the smile they desire. The decision to undergo orthodontic treatment at our practice can improve the appearance of your smile, oral health, and self-confidence.
Understanding Wire Orthodontics or Braces
Traditional braces use metal wires and brackets to shift teeth into proper alignment. Over the course of treatment, we will regularly perform adjustments. During these visits, we will tighten the wires to exude the proper force for teeth to move into the next phase of alignment. The typical treatment timeline is about 12 to 24 months.
Traditional braces can correct various alignment issues, including:
- Crooked teeth
- Open bite
Typically, for patients who require serious correction, wire braces are recommended since they can carry the necessary force to drastically move teeth. However, we may suggest ceramic braces or clear aligners when the case permits, for more discreet treatment.
At Elements Dental, We offer Tip Edge Orthodontics
Tip-Edge is a revolutionary orthodontic system that gives patients the following advantages over traditional braces:
- No headgears or appliances
- Less force than traditional braces (less pain)
- Tip Edge braces use 2-3 ounces vs traditional braces use 10-24 ounces
- Less time in braces
- Fewer appointments
- 6-8 week intervals vs 4-6 week intervals
- Less bulk (more comfort)
The Tip Edge Technique
Traditional orthodontic brackets pull the tooth through bone into the final position. Tip Edge brackets tip teeth to the final position and then, upright the roots. This is the only bracket system in the world to do this type of movement. This system is so efficient that patients require less appointments, less treatment time and less discomfort to get their teeth into a perfect beautiful smile. Book your consultation today and see what Tip Edge braces can do for you!
The Benefits of Braces
The greatest advantage for most patients is that braces can transform your smile and restore your self-confidence. However, braces can do more than improve the appearance of your smile. They also offer oral health benefits. By correcting crooked, overlapping, and crowded teeth you will be able to brush and floss more efficiently. As your bite becomes properly aligned, it can also relieve tension on the jaw which often causes pain and other uncomfortable symptoms.
A Straighter Smile
The Treatment Process
To begin treatment, we must first affix your braces to the teeth. During this process, we will attach the brackets to the front of each tooth. Rubber bands will then be wrapped around the brackets. Finally, the wire will be inserted to connect the brackets. Together these pieces will exert force and guide the teeth into proper alignment.
Braces can improve the appearance of your smile, oral health, and self-confidence.
Once your treatment goals have been met, your braces will be removed. You will then be provided with a retainer which should be worn regularly to prevent teeth from shifting out of place. Wearing your retainer as recommended is especially critical in the first few months after completion, since the hard and soft tissues supporting your teeth are not yet stabilized. Typically, you can reduce the frequency of how much you wear your retainer over time, eventually only wearing it at night or a few times each week. The doctor can provide you with the appropriate recommendations to ensure you maintain stunning results.
Contact Elements Dental Today
At Elements Dental, we take great pride in providing high-quality dental care to meet all of your smile needs, including orthodontics. To begin planning your braces treatment with Dr. Chow, contact us online or call us at (250) 382-5233.