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 Invisalign Is Perfect For High School & College Students

Back-to-school season is already well underway. Students are reconnecting with their friends and starting to hit the books after a long summer vacation. Many of our patients in high school and college have expressed to us that they would like to improve their smile, but they’re apprehensive about having braces. High school students are self-conscious about how they might look; college students don’t have the time to juggle classes and monthly appointments. In these cases, our team cannot recommend our Toronto Invisalign treatments enough. Here are some reasons that Invisalign is perfect for our patients in high school and college:

1. They’re Invisible

With the social nature of high school and college, many students are wary of the idea of getting braces because of the effect it may have on their appearance and their social lives. The Invisalign System eliminates this concern by replacing metal brackets and wires with clear aligners. These clear aligners are completely see-through, making them virtually invisible to anyone aside from the person wearing them. With Invisalign, you can walk to class or go to your first college party rest assured that you have no reason to try and hide your smile.

2. They’re Removable

Invisalign clear aligners are removable and meant to be taken out to eat, drink, brush and floss. This means that patients using Invisalign or Invisalign Teen don’t have the same dietary restrictions or dental hygiene concerns as patients with conventional braces. And if there’s a prom or formal where you don’t want to worry about keeping track of the aligners, you can choose to leave them at home for a few hours and put them right back in when you get back.

3. They Keep You On Schedule

We know that high school students have a lot going on, and sometimes they can be a bit forgetful. Invisalign Teen clear aligners make sure that one thing you’ll never forget is when to change your aligners. Made specifically for teenagers, Invisalign Teen aligners are all equipped with a Blue Dot wear indicator, which will remind you when it’s time to switch onto the next aligner set.

4. No Doctor’s Appointment Required

Invisalign has the huge added benefit of being able to adjust your teeth without needing to see an orthodontist. For college students, this means that there’s no need to manage monthly adjustment appointments in different states. You can switch aligners from the comfort of their dorm rooms every two weeks. Whenever you come home for vacation, we’ll evaluate your progress and send you back to school with a fresh series of aligners that will continue to adjust your teeth until you come home again.

Contact Your Toronto Invisalign Providers Today!

Invisalign is an orthodontic system designed to perfectly match the teenage and college kid lifestyle — it’s invisible, removable, convenient and incredibly simple. If you have any questions about our practice’s Invisalign or Invisalign Teen treatments, please don’t hesitate to call us at (416) 222-3223. You can also fill out our online appointment form and we’ll schedule a time that works best for you. We look forward to hearing from you soon and helping you achieve your beautiful new smile!

How To Speed Up Your Orthodontic Treatment

Most resident of Toronto are anxious to get through braces or Invisalign treatment and show off their new straight, healthy smile with confidence. Orthodontic offices across the country, like City Orthodontics, are offering two ways to get you that new smile you’ve always wanted, and fast. Both use the same quality, contemporary equipment and the same expert doctors to administer these accelerated treatments. And, both treatment options and equipment are FDA approved.

AcceleDent Aura Treatment

If you’re looking for a way you can help yourself move closer to that straight smile more quickly, AcceleDent is your answer. The AcceleDent Aura device uses SoftPulse Technology to vibrate your teeth in line. The device has the look and feel of a sports mouthguard. Used for about 20 minutes a day, doctors say it can cut your time in braces or Invisalign trays by HALF.

The vibration of the hands-free Aura stimulates the blood flow around your tooth and encourages the remodeling process in your teeth. The shortened amount of time in braces not only gets you sporting your beautiful smile faster, in helps lessen the chance of the tooth decay or calcifications you can get around braces when they are on for a long time. The AcceleDent Aura Treatment fast, safe and gentle:

  • Can speed up the movement of your teeth by up to 50 percent
  • Administer treatment yourself with hands-free device while doing anything – reading, watching TV, doing homework
  • Safe and ready to use for adolescents, teens and adults
  • Cleared by the FDA, with no reports of risks
  • Micropulses used are gentle and project less force than the average electric toothbrush
  • Lightweight and comfortable to use
  • Potential to improve your orthodontic experience

Propel Treatment

Propel is an advanced orthodontic technique that is performed by your skilled doctors at City Orthodontics. It is the latest and most innovative accelerated treatment option available to patients. This treatment is usually performed once or twice during your orthodontic treatment time in our convenient Toronto office. While you are under a local anesthesia, Drs. Kimos or Dayan will use a special tool to insert one to three micro-osteoperforation into each of your teeth that need to move. The doctors will select an appropriate depth for the perforation. These perforations will stimulate the bone surrounding your teeth and help them move faster and where you want. It is sometimes used to help move a particularly stubborn or way out-of-line tooth. This exciting treatment also works with both braces or Invisalign aligners to turn treatment from years to months!

Schedule Your Free Consultation Today!

At City Orthodontics, we understand that these advanced accelerated orthodontic treatments are relatively new to the residents of Toronto. That’s why we offer a free consultation to help explain how these treatments might work for your braces or Invisalign treatments. Whether you want a beautiful smile, or you are anxious to have a healthy, decay-free mouth, we are ready to talk to you about how your braces or Invisalign treatment time can be cut in half with the use of these technologies. Give us a call at (416) 222-3223 or complete our online appointment form and we will schedule a time that is most convenient for you or your child. Let us help you speed up your orthodontic treatment and get you to that sparkling smile fast.