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Will my children need braces?

Will my children need braces? Should I wait until all of their baby teeth are removed before consulting an orthodontist? Will I need braces? Can I have braces as an adult?

Children should be evaluated by a general dentist because there may be underlying problems that need evaluation prior to having orthodontic treatments. Decay, gingival disease, oral hygiene, bad habits (such as having thumb in mouth, etc) are major factors that need to be addressed prior to any orthodontic treatment. Generally, children need to be evaluated when they are young to prevent certain oral problems. Also, some children may benefit from having an early orthodontic treatment in the mixed dentition period, when the child has both adult and baby teeth, to prevent having full braces or surgery at a later stage. Again, a thorough evaluation should be done to diagnose these problems at an early age. Orthodontic treatments can be done at any age for aesthetic or functional reasons such as: improving bite, moving teeth for eventual implant placement, or relieving jaw pain.

My teeth are yellow, can I have my teeth whitened?

My teeth are yellow, can I have my teeth whitened?

There are many factors to consider before having your teeth whitened. It is always better to consult prior to having a teeth whitening because there is a lot of information that patients need to be aware of prior to this treatment. Underlying cavities, exposed roots, periodontal disease are only a few of the factors that can lead to developing further problems if teeth whitening is undertaken before stabilizing the oral condition.

Should I have my wisdom teeth removed?

Should I have my wisdom teeth removed?

Wisdom teeth (or third molars) may or may not have enough room to fully erupt and become functional teeth. An evaluation with a panoramic radiograph should be done when the patient is over 16 years old. In certain situations, wisdom teeth can be maintained if hygiene is adequate. However, in other situations wisdom teeth can lead to complex problems such as infections, decay, gingival problems and jaw fractures in rare trauma cases. Referral to a specialist may also be required to prevent further problems. It is always best to have them removed earlier in life (before 30 years of age) because the jaws will heal better when the individual is younger.

What is a dental implant?

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a fixture that replaces a missing tooth. It consists of a titanium screw which is fixed intricately within the confines of the jaw bones to replace the missing tooth, or help stabilize partials or dentures. Adequate treatment planning must be effected prior to implant placement to ensure treatment success.

What is a crown?

What is a crown?

A crown is a fusion of porcelain to a substructure of precious metals or full porcelain that protects teeth that have been traumatized or decayed. Its purpose is to re-establish the full function of the tooth and protect its weakened state.

Why are my teeth sensitive to cold?

Why are my teeth sensitive to cold when I drink or go outside?

There are many reasons why teeth can be sensitive to cold. Gingival recession (exposed roots), decay, defective restorations, enamel abnormalities are all possible causes of sensitivity. Further evaluation may be needed to explore the possible causes and treatments necessary to resolve this sensation.

At what age should my child first be seen?

At what age should my child first be seen?

Generally, we recommend examining children at age three. However, if there are concerns with any oral or dental conditions, parents are encouraged to bring their children for a consultation at any age. Introducing a child to a positive dental experience at an early age will greatly reduce the possibility of anxiety and fear of the dentist.