Orthodontics & Invisalign
Dr. Karen Man offers a range of orthodontic treatment for the whole family. Services include Invisalign®, adult orthodontics, retainers and orthodontic appliances.
A common question dentists are asked is, “when should I start bringing my child in for an orthodontic evaluation?” According to the American Association of Orthodontists, a child should have their first evaluation no later than age 7. Even though at that age kids still have many baby teeth, certain permanent teeth should have come through already. Dr. Man can begin to detect problems such as crowding, or bite issues that can interfere with the child’s growth and development.
Some of the possible benefits of early treatment include resolution of crossbites, creation of space and guidance for eruption of permanent teeth, reducing risk of trauma to protrusive front teeth, maintaining space where baby teeth have been lost early, and reducing treatment time for full braces.
It should be made clear that comprehensive treatment should not be done at this early age. The check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine; however, in some cases interceptive early treatment can help avoid more serious problems later on, or enable the orthodontist to achieve final results in the long term that would not be possible if left until the jaws have finished growing.
Invisalign® is a form of orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear plastic trays to move your teeth. If Dr. Man decides at your consult that your case is suitable for Invisalign®, a digital scan / impressions of your teeth will be taken and sent to the manufacturer. Dr. Man will then work with the technicians on your treatment prescription. Each tray is planned for a specific movement, and your teeth will move gradually over time as the trays are replaced.
A significant percentage of our orthodontic patients are actually adults. You are never to old to fix that crooked tooth that’s been bothering you, or improve a smile that makes you feel self-conscious. Perhaps your hygienist has expressed to you that your bite is causing some of your teeth to wear down prematurely. These reasons are more are why more adults than ever are deciding to go through orthodontic treatment.
Retainers and Orthodontic Appliances
For patients who have gone through orthodontic treatment and want to keep things where they are, we provide retainers and other orthodontic appliances. Depending on your case, both fixed and removable retainers are available.