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What’s the Difference Between Kids’ Orthodontics & Adult Orthodontics?

Thanks to the many advancements made in the world of orthodontics, there are now more adults improving their smiles with braces and aligners than ever before! Below are some key differences between kids’ and adult orthodontics that are worth knowing before contacting your Toronto orthodontist for treatment.

Oral Health Conditions Differ Between Kids and Adults

As we age, our jawbone hardens and stops growing. This makes adult orthodontic treatment a bit more challenging and time-consuming to complete. And unlike kids, adults often have dental issues that can complicate orthodontic treatment like gingivitis and bone loss. However, even though adult treatment can be a bit more complex and take a little longer to complete, smiles can still be dramatically transformed during adulthood.

Adults are More Apt to Have Spacing Issues

Generally speaking, most people undergo orthodontic treatment to improve their improper bites. When an adult has a common malocclusion (aka “bad bite”) called a deep overbite, there is often a lack of room available in the mouth to move the teeth into proper alignment without extracting one or more teeth. And since the typical adult has worn down tooth surfaces, an overbite can worsen with time. Because of these types of issues, adult treatment is typically focused on improving the bite rather than perfecting it.

Adults Tend to Have Fewer Teeth than Kids

It’s common for adults to have gaps in their smiles due to teeth that were extracted at one time or another. This makes it challenging for a Toronto orthodontist to align the teeth because old extraction sites are often unsuitable locations for teeth to move into. In order to make an extraction site suitable for a tooth to move into, the area may need some prosthetic bone added to it before adult braces can be worn. It’s also difficult to close spaces between teeth and keep them closed during adulthood because mature jawbone doesn’t respond to pressure in the same way as bone that’s still developing and growing.

Kids are Less Compliant than Adults

When seeing a North York kids orthodontist for braces, it’s common for a child or teenager to not comply with all the directions he/she is given about his/her treatment like wearing and changing elastics, maintaining proper hygiene, and avoiding foods that can damage the appliances on his/her teeth. This non-compliance can make treatment last longer and negatively impact the final results. But with adults, non-compliance is seldom an issue as most adult patients follow all the directions they’re given. This helps keep the treatment on track and leads to the most optimal treatment results.

Contact City Orthodontics Today!

Now that you know the key differences between kids’ and adult orthodontics, it’s time set up your first visit to City Orthodontics! Regardless if you’ll be seeing us for Toronto Invisalign for yourself or will be spending time with our North York kids orthodontist with your child, we’ll treat you like family and make sure you receive the exceptional orthodontic care you deserve! Just give us a call at 416-222-3223 or contact us online. We’re looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Why You Should Go To An Orthodontist For Invisalign & Invisalign Teen

The Difference Between A Great & A Perfect Smile

Invisalign and Invisalign Teen are both amazing treatment options for those looking to get a perfect, healthy smile without having to worry about the metal brackets and wires of traditional braces. As Invisalign has grown in popularity, so has its availability, with both dentists and orthodontists all over the world offering it to their patients. Here at City Orthodontics, we proudly offer Invisalign and Invisalign Teen to the families of Toronto, North York, and our surrounding communities so they can have radiant smiles.

Working with countless patients to transform their smiles, one questions we often hear about Invisalign is why they should get Invisalign with us, instead of their dentist. Sometimes, dentists even offer the same treatment at a cheaper price, making it a more attractive option. While getting Invisalign from a dentist will help straighten your teeth, orthodontists like our very own Drs. Kimos and Dayan will often be able to produce better results with the same treatment. To understand why this is the case, we’ve put together some helpful information below on the difference between dentists and orthodontists when it comes to Invisalign and Invisalign Teen.

Orthodontists Are The Experts In Tooth & Jaw Movement

While dentistry and orthodontics both involve oral health, orthodontics is actually a more specialized form of dentistry. Both dentists and orthodontists go through dental school, but only orthodontists receive extra education to specialize in the treatment of bite issues and the straightness of teeth.

In practice, dentists still work within the broad range of general oral health issues, offering treatments ranging from regular teeth cleanings and cosmetic dental procedures like dental veneers or teeth whitening, as well as dental restorations with crowns, bridges, and dentures. As for an orthodontist, the treatments offered are more focused on tooth movement and bite corrections with treatments like braces, Invisalign, and orthognathic surgery. It is the focus on a specific set of treatments which include both Invisalign and Invisalign Teen that typically gives the orthodontist an advantage in terms of expertise and experience with treatment, in turn leading to better results.

Orthodontists Get Invisalign Specific Education & Training

As we mentioned how orthodontists go through extra years of schooling to specialize in orthodontics, many of the classes that they go through are specifically for educating them and training them on using Invisalign to its fullest potential, as well as braces and tooth movement. With this additional education under their belt, orthodontists are able to more accurately and consistently identify the ideal path for tooth movement when creating aligners or notice any issues during treatment that requires an adjustment, both of which contribute to more effective and efficient Invisalign treatment.

Orthodontic Technology Allows For More Precise Treatment

Since the service that they offer revolves specifically around the movement of the teeth and jaw, an orthodontic office like City Orthodontics is equipped with technology that allows the doctor to make treatment as smooth and effective as possible, since they need to use the same machinery and tools for every patient they have. In an orthodontist’s office, you’ll often find things like advanced digital imaging technology and takes high-quality digital scans of your teeth, which are used to map out the path that your teeth will move along during treatment and create appliances that fit perfectly. With dentists, their offices are filled with advanced equipment, but they require much more technology for a wider diversity of treatments, and sometimes they will not always have the same tools as orthodontists would in order to provide the best treatment possible. For example, instead of using digital imagining, a dentist may need to resort to using a traditional mold, which is less precise when creating comfortably fitting appliances.

Choose City Orthodontics For Your Invisalign Needs!

When you want a straighter teeth, choose the experts in creating perfect smiles at City Orthodontics! We’ve worked with countless patients of all ages achieve the smile of their dreams, and you can have yours too by contacting us and scheduling an appointment! If you have any questions about Invisalign or Invisalign Teen and if it would be right for you, just reach out to us and a member of our staff will provide you with the information you need. We look forward to meeting you and guiding you on the path to your new smile!

6 Pro Tips For Wearing Invisalign

Screen Shot 2017-09-18 at 5.16.24 PMIf you just got your first set of Invisalign at our Toronto orthodontic office, you might be a little excited or nervous about living with Invisalign. Wearing your Invisalign will be a slight adjustment to what you’re accustomed to, but we have a few tips for our Toronto Invisalign patients to make living with Invisalign even easier than ever. Here are our top tips for wearing Invisalign in Toronto.

Getting Used To Talking With Invisalign

Invisalign is clear and nearly impossible to see, but the people you are close to might notice something different about you while you’re wearing Invisalign, at least at the beginning of treatment. Even though Invisalign is clear thin and hardly noticeable, you may have a slight lisp when you first start wearing them. Your friends and family may notice the lisp but don’t worry, after a while you will get used to talking with Invisalign, and your lisp will disappear.  

The 22-Hour Rule

One of the main reasons our Toronto orthodontic office loves Invisalign so much is because of how effective they are. Typically we see shorter treatment times for patients who are wearing Invisalign when compared to traditional braces. There is one caveat to this though; it only is quicker if you wear them for 22 hours or more a day. This means all day every day unless you’re eating or brushing your teeth, which you should be doing after you eat too. If you don’t wear your Invisalign aligners for at least 22 hours a day your treatment time will drastically lengthen.

Invest in Travel Toothbrushes… a Lot of Travel Toothbrushes

This tip is one of the harder parts about wearing Invisalign. Every time you eat or drink anything other than water you need to brush your teeth if you’re wearing Invisalign. If you don’t brush your teeth, bacteria can build up more easily between your aligner and your teeth causing plaque to develop more quickly. Because of this, we highly suggest buying a lot of travel sized toothbrushes and keeping them everywhere. Keep them in your purse,  your pocket,  your desk at work, the car, your friend’s house, their friend’s house, anywhere that you might be eating you should have at least one travel toothbrush.

You Might Lose a Little Weight

This is a benefit for some people and a disadvantage for others. When we see our Toronto Invisalign patients come in for a new set of aligners one of the more common things we hear is “I’ve lost weight because of Invisalign!” Now this doesn’t happen to everyone, but we do see some people lose a few pounds because they would rather leave their aligners in than have a snack in the middle of the day.

Watch What you Drink

One of the more common mistakes we see with our newer Toronto Invisalign wearers is drinking liquids that can easily stain your teeth and Invisalign aligners. Drinks like red wine, coffee, and tea are highly acidic and can discolor your teeth and your aligners. If you ever want to enjoy a glass of wine or your morning cup of joe, just make sure to remove your Invisalign aligners before taking a sip.

Keep Your Invisalign Aligners Clean

Just like your teeth, your Invisalign aligners will have bacteria grow on them over time. Unlike your teeth, you shouldn’t use toothpaste on your Invisalign aligners. Toothpaste is slightly abrasive, which means if used on an Invisalign aligner, it can make micro-scratches on the surface which will eventually turn yellow. We suggest using either denture cleaning tablets or Invisalign’s cleaning crystals at least once a week to clean your Invisalign aligners.

Get Started With Invisalign in Toronto Today

Now that you’re an expert in how to get the most out of Invisalign, contact City Orthodontics today! We’re Toronto’s Invisalign experts and are here to get you started on your treatment plan or simply answer any questions you may have about Invisalign or our other orthodontic treatments. We hope to hear from you soon!