Top General Dentist in Delta BC
Orthodontics is an aspect of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, prevention and correction of malposition to teeth and jaws.
The dedicated staff at Lifestyle Dental take the time to learn your dental health history to get a better understanding of the dietary and lifestyle decisions which may contribute to your dental health. Getting an idea of your adherence to daily dental health practices such as brushing and flossing will give our staff a better understanding of your overall dental wellness and set expectations for ongoing maintenance. At Lifestyle Dental, we are adamant about treating our patients before treating the symptoms.
Whether you have oral damage from disease, an accident, genetics, etc. the friendly staff at Lifestyle Dental is committed to healing what could be a seriously problem, or just a simple teeth whitening. Give us a call today at (604) 596-8712 or request an appointment online.
What are Orthodontics?
You maybe be asking yourself, “What’s the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist, and what do they do differently?” A dentist typically offers treatments ranging from teeth whitening to root canals among other things. Orthodontists are more specialized, however, focusing on procedures which move and/or realign the teeth using braces, aligners, and other implements such as headgear. The main reason both adults and kids choose to pay a visit to the orthodontists is do to malocclusion, more commonly know as a “bad bite.” Symptoms of a bad bite may include overcrowded teeth, overbites, crossbites, and conditions like temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ).
In some cases, your dentist might use braces to expand the teeth. A process known as “rapid palatal expansion” (RPE) in which the upper palate of the mouth is expanded, may also be used. In the case of an overbite, the dentists at Lifestyle Dental may use braces to realign the jaw. They may also supplement treatment headgear. Elastics may be used in less severe cases of malocclusion. A spring may be used in more severe cases. A spring sits inside the mouth and cheeks, allowing the patient to use their mouths as they would normally.
Causes of malocclusion include; cleft lip/palate, regular use of a pacifier after the age of three, both bottle feeding and thumb sucking in early childhood, injuries that result in misalignment, genetics, tumors in the mouth or jaw, impacted teeth, previous poor dental work, etc. obviously a few of these causes are no fault of our own. However to prevent malocclusions. Early detection of malocclusion can help correct the problem before it gets worse.
If you have an overbite, underbite, or overcrowded teeth, contact the experienced professionals at Lifestyle Dental. Contact us over the phone at (604) 596-8712 or request an appointment online for dental health solutions you can smile about!