McKenzie Towne Family Dental - Orthodontic Dentistry

Why Do You Need Orthodontics?

Orthodontics Before & After - McKenzie Towne Family DentalWhy do you need straighter teeth?

1) Properly positioned teeth are easier to brush and floss than teeth that are crowded, crooked, or spaced improperly.  And the benefit of properly cleaned teeth is healthier gums!

2) By being able properly clean your teeth, you can maintain good oral hygiene! Thus the chances of having plaque retention, tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease can be reduced!

3) Correction of your bite can also help improve chewing and speech.

4) Properly aligned teeth are less stressful on the supporting bone and jaw joints.

5) Having straight teeth can make you feel less self-concious and more confident!

At McKenzie Towne Family Dental we know that misaligned teeth can often lead to more problems than just embarrassing smiles - they can lead to receding gums, difficulty in maintaining basic dental care and increased risk of cavities (among a variety of other potential troubles). Thus, in cases of malocclusion (which is the scientific word for misaligned teeth), adult or not, straightening your teeth using orthodontic braces may be the right thing to do. And now, with ever increasing dental awareness, adults have a plethora of options before them when it comes to dental braces which could straighten their teeth (and possibly their enhance their career and improve self-confidence!).

So what to choose? Ceramic braces? Invisalign? Traditional metal? Golden metal? Self-ligating brackets? What about Lingual braces? These days, there are many choices available and it gets confusing! Which type of braces should you choose? Can you choose, or is it strictly up to your dentist?

Today, orthodontic treatment is different. Fortunately, metal bands have been replaced with brackets that are bonded with an adhesive right to the front of the teeth. They're much more comfortable, smaller in size, and much less noticeable!

The type of braces you need depends on a number of factors:

  • The extent of your treatment, such as:
    • The severity of your bite or tooth crookedness problems
    • If extractions are necessary
    • If jaw surgery is necessary
    • If headgear or other special appliances are necessary
    • The amount of time you will need to wear braces
  • The preferences of your dentist or orthodontist
  • How much you are willing to pay
  • How long you will be in braces to correct your problems
  • What you, yourself desire!

So you must ask yourself, would you feel embarrassed in metal? Are you only willing to straighten your teeth if Invisalign is used? Do you prefer the look of clear, ceramic or sapphire? Or don't you care, as long as the outcome is good?

If you are interested in learning more about this service
or desire to improve your smile then contact
McKenzie Towne Family Dental today at (403) 257-1180.

Invisalign

It's the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces.

The Invisalign systems uses a series of clear, removable aligners to move your teeth over time to give you the smile you deserve!

Your Invisalign treatment will consist of a series of aligners that you switch out about every two weeks.

Each aligner is individually manufactured with exact calculations to gradually shift your teeth into place. And since your Invisalign system is custom-made for your teeth and your teeth only, with a plan devised by you and your dentist or orthodontist, you know you'll end up with a smile that truly fits.

If you're ready for a smile that transforms your appearance, Invisalign is your answer. Although there are many choices out there, no other works as effortlessly as the Invisalign system.

Invisalign is the best way to transform your smile
without interfering with your day-to-day life

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McKenzie Towne Family Dental - Invisalign - Calgary DentistWhat are the Benefits of Invisalign?

It will fit your lifestyle!

Invisalign can easily find a place within your lifestyle. Since it's virtually invisible, you can go about your daily routine with almost no one even knowing you're correcting your smile. And the ability to remove your aligners is an advantage other treatments can't offer.

You can smile healthy

It's easy to see that a straight, well-aligned smile looks great. But that kind of smile often means it's also a healthy smile. So put yourself in a healthy state of mind, and take a look at the many benefits of a properly aligned smile.

You can have healthier gums

Signs of periodontal disease, such as swollen gums and redness, can surface due to teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced. Clinical studies have shown that when teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums fit tighter around the teeth, which can lead to better periodontal health. Since the Invisalign system's greatest advantage is its ability to align teeth, your gum health may improve after Invisalign treatment. And since you can brush and floss normally with Invisalign, unlike with traditional braces, you can more easily prevent tooth decay and related periodontal disease.

Invisalign Strip - McKenzie Towne Family Dental

You will have easier cleanings

One of the Invisalign system's best qualities is that it uses no metal bands, brackets, or wires that may trap food and plaque like traditional braces do. And since the removable nature of Invisalign allows you to maintain good oral hygiene habits, you may also reduce chances of plaque buildup, tooth decay, and periodontal disease.

You will have improved chewing and speech

When you leave incorrectly positioned teeth and jaws untreated, it can lead to speech difficulties and uncomfortable chewing issues. Invisalign treatment can improve both of these problems by giving you better-aligned teeth and jaws.

Maintain comfort and tooth structure

Mis-aligned teeth and jaws can result in abnormal stress. This can cause painful trauma to supporting bone and jaw joints. These issues can also cause abnormal wear on your teeth, which can trigger continued problems in the future.

If you are interested in learning more about this service
or desire to improve your smile then contact
McKenzie Towne Family Dental today at (403) 257-1180.

Braces

Misaligned teeth can often lead to more problems than just embarrassing smiles - they can lead to receding gums, difficulty in maintaining basic dental care and increased risk of cavities (among a variety of other potential troubles). Thus, in cases of malocclusion (which is the scientific word for misaligned teeth), adult or not, straightening your teeth using orthodontic braces may be the right thing to do. And now, with ever increasing dental awareness, adults have a plethora of options before them when it comes to dental braces which could straighten their teeth (and possibly their enhance their career and improve self-confidence!).

So what to choose? Ceramic braces? Invisalign? Traditional metal? Golden metal? Self-ligating brackets? What about Lingual braces? These days, there are many choices available and it gets confusing! Which type of braces should you choose? Can you choose, or is it strictly up to your dentist?

Today, orthodontic treatment is different

Fortunately, metal bands have been replaced with brackets that are bonded with an adhesive right to the front of the teeth. They're much more comfortable, smaller in size, and much less noticeable!

The type of braces you need depends on a number of factors:

  • The extent of your treatment, such as:
    • The severity of your bite or tooth crookedness problems
    • If extractions are necessary
    • If jaw surgery is necessary
    • If headgear or other special appliances are necessary
    • The amount of time you will need to wear braces
  • The preferences of your dentist or orthodontist
  • How much you are willing to pay
  • How long you will be in braces to correct your problems
  • What you, yourself desire!

So you must ask yourself, would you feel embarrassed in metal? Are you only willing to straighten your teeth if Invisalign is used? Do you prefer the look of ceramic or sapphire? Or don't you care, as long as the outcome is good?

At McKenzie Towne Family Dental we will help guide you and inform you of all the alternatives available so you can choose what is best for you and your smile!

If you are interested in learning more about this service
or desire to improve your smile then contact
McKenzie Towne Family Dental today at (403) 257-1180.

Extractions

Sometimes the complete removal of a tooth is the ideal treatment option. There may be significant decay which renders it unrestorable, gum disease resulting in compromised support for the tooth, or a fracture extending below the gum line which cannot be repaired. Teeth are also sometimes removed for orthodontic purposes, or if they might adversely affect other teeth or pose a risk of infection (such as wisdom teeth).

How do I know if my wisdom teeth need to be removed?

Your dentist will make this recommendation based on your examination and radiographs, usually around age 17-22.

Not all wisdom teeth have to be removed. In some cases, there is sufficient room and wisdom teeth are able to erupt and function normally. In other cases, they remain buried in bone and are unlikely to erupt. And still in other cases, the wisdom teeth never develop.

The most common wisdom tooth that can cause issues is that which only erupts partially in the mouth. The main risk that this may pose is the potential for infection between the overhanging gum tissue and the tooth itself.

Wisdom teeth can be a valuable asset if they grow vertically and are aligned properly. However, these teeth have been known to grow diagonally and horizontally, thus causing problems. This uneven growth can cause a myriad of issues including infection of surrounding tissues and damage to the adjacent second molars.

Definition of impacted wisdom teeth

Impaction of a tooth occurs when there is insufficient space in the dental arch for proper eruption, and its growth is affected, by gum, bone or another tooth. This results in the tooth remaining fully submerged within the gum and bone. The type of impaction present depends on the angle at which the tooth lies in bone.

Removal of impacted wisdom teeth

Impacted wisdom teeth are usually removed because of the problems they are causing or because of the problems that may arise if they remain in the mouth. In many cases, damage caused by wisdom teeth is not visible on the surface. X-rays of the mouth are therefore necessary to see what is going on underneath the gum, and to determine what type of extraction is required.

How do you remove an erupted tooth?

You may hear people talk about getting a tooth "pulled". This is an unfortunate term, as we don't pull out teeth to remove them. If we did, we could damage the surrounding teeth, gums, and bone. If a tooth needs to be removed, we numb the area around it, and then "luxate" it. That is, we move the tooth from side to side until it is loose and then lift it out. Sometimes we will cut the tooth into two or more pieces to remove it safely, especially if it has several roots going in different directions.

What can I expect after I have my tooth removed?

Every case is different, and after the tooth is removed your dentist will review with you what to expect. In general, a small amount of discomfort is normal right when the freezing comes out, and some patients will take an ibuprofen or acetaminophen at that time. Bleeding or swelling are usually minimal, but again, your dentist can tell you what to expect with your case.

Do I need to replace my tooth once it is removed?

It depends. Some teeth are important for function or aesthetics. For example, the first molar tooth is very important for chewing; so not replacing could result in tooth drift and unbalanced bite. However, some other teeth, such as wisdom teeth, are rarely replaced. To ensure no surprises down the road, this is an issue that is addressed prior to tooth removal.

If you are interested in learning more about this service
or desire to improve your smile then contact
McKenzie Towne Family Dental today at (403) 257-1180.