The causes behind orthodontic problems

The causes behind orthodontic problems


In the recent years, you have probably noticed a significant increase in the number of general dentists and orthodontists treating malocclusion problems and offering dental alignment services of all kinds.

While many dentists offer orthodontic treatments such as braces and aligners, the orthodontist remains the most qualified person to resolve a dental malocclusion problem.

Health Canada, which has conducted a survey, reports that more than 20% of Canadians have used orthodontic treatments to correct a malocclusion or teeth alignment problem.

While many people suffer from orthodontic problems in their lives, there are several different causes that can play a big role in the alignment of your teeth.

Genetic problems

Genetics are one of the main causes behind dental malocclusion problems. It is not uncommon for members of the same family to experience the same type of problems, such as overlapping teeth, extra space, missing or excess teeth, and development issues. Jaw size, shape and more, are all determining factors in an individual’s dental health.

Medical and development problems

While there are many genetic factors that can cause malocclusions, there are also many dental development issues or medical abnormalities that can cause orthodontic problems. Thumb or finger sucking, breathing through the mouth, trauma or loss of a permanent tooth, premature loss of a baby tooth or poor tongue position are all examples of possible causes leading to problems that may require orthodontic treatments.

For all your orthodontic needs, meet with a specialist orthodontist in order to adequately diagnose any dental alignment or malocclusion problems. Contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation

Orthodontic treatments without an orthodontist

Orthodontic treatments without an orthodontist


New companies specializing in at home orthodontic treatments using custom made clear aligners, have recently made their place in the market. These American giants, newly arrived in Canada, claim to want to revolutionize orthodontics with the help of a cost-effective teeth alignment service that don’t require a consultation with an orthodontist. These companies have numerous stores in the United States and Canada, and have recently opened new stores in Quebec.

With their very aggressive marketing, you have undoubtedly seen ads on Facebook, Instagram, advertisements in the metro, emails, generous referral programs: these at home orthodontic treatment companies have put all their efforts to attract young customers!

How do these at home orthodontic treatments work?

These companies, which promise beautiful straight teeth with the help of clear aligners at a fraction of the price, claim to be able to achieve results in less than 6 months. All these beautiful promises are all well and good – but how does it truly work?

The first step is to qualify using a form on a website. You will then receive a kit at home in order to take an impression of your teeth or you can head to a store to take 3D images. This dental impression or digital image is then sent to a dentist for an evaluation and you will shortly receive your clear aligner kit, which did not require the presence of an orthodontist at any point.

The industry giants claim that there will be a follow-up with a dentist or orthodontist about 90 days after the end of orthodontic treatment. However, this follow-up must be done remotely, by sending photos of your mouth to the company.

The risks associated to treatments without a specialist

Without the expertise of an orthodontist, the clear aligners will not function to their full potential and will only be able to treat “very minor” misalignment cases. Without the presence of an x-ray or an evaluation of the patient’s mouth, it is impossible to see the actual state of the roots, teeth and gum health. We have gathered the main issues raised by social media networks such as: transformed occlusion of the mouth, bleeding from the gums, pain, aligners that break, and much more.

By having patients sign a release form, these companies dissociate themselves from serious problems that can arise from these at home orthodontic treatments, such as a risk of tooth loss as well as irreversible damage to the teeth. According to the Order of Dentists of Quebec, Quebec dentists are not allowed to make a diagnosis without having met the patient in person or having done an examination, which poses another risk in terms of the patient’s safety.

When it comes to thinking about your oral health, be sure to choose a specialist to avoid disastrous problems in the short and long term. The F. Lavoie orthodontic clinic brings together a team of specialized orthodontists who care about your comfort, your health and your satisfaction!

Why consult an orthodontist?

Why consult an orthodontist?


Orthodontics is a specialty in dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of alignment or positioning issues of the teeth and jaws. Unlike general dentists who can practice orthodontics at the limit of their knowledge, an orthodontist has more than 5000 hours of additional training after obtaining a diploma in dentistry. By practicing orthodontics exclusively, the orthodontist develops essential knowledge and experience in order to help you regain your comfort, your well-being but above all, your most beautiful smile!

Orthodontics, a matter of well-being and not only aesthetic

In addition to correcting the general appearance of your face, orthodontic treatments can correct deformities and problems with the alignment of your teeth and jaws. Orthodontics are a great way to prevent health problems related to malocclusion or misalignment.

Proper alignment of teeth and jaws improves phonation, breathing, chewing and offers better prevention of problems such as cavities, teeth loosening and other problems.

The orthodontist can be called upon to treat several problems such as:

  • correction of spaces between teeth
  • malocclusion of the jaw (deformity)
  • periodontitis dysfunction
  • lack of space for alignment of teeth
  • genetic abnormalities

Depending on the individual patient, an orthodontist may suggest:

Orthodontics, an investment for life

The majority of people are reluctant when it comes to consulting an orthodontist. They are often afraid of being faced with a high bill for specialized care. During your consultation, your specialist will be able to guide you through the process and explain in detail how the treatment stages take place as well as the costs associated with these. You will see that it is possible to manage payments by spacing them over the orthodontic treatment period and therefore budget your investment more efficiently. There are several solutions that will allow you to reach your dream of having a perfect smile!

It is essential to remember that an orthodontics investment, is an investment that will last a lifetime! Orthodontic treatments are a great way to improve the health of your teeth and jaw, as well as improve self-confidence.

The F. Lavoie orthodontic clinic brings together a team of qualified orthodontists who care about your well-being and satisfaction. Put your smile in the hands of a specialist and schedule an appointment for a consultation now!

What age should my child consult an orthodontist?

What age should my child consult an orthodontist?


As parents, you have probably asked yourself a lot of questions concerning your child’s oral health. Here are the questions that come up most often when it comes time to assess their orthodontic needs: Should we wait for the child to have all their adult teeth? Should we intervene as quickly as possible? Is there a specific age to start consulting? Is it better to wait until adulthood before starting treatment?

How to evaluate your child’s needs

The majority of specialists as well as the Canadian Association of Orthodontists (CAO) recommend an initial orthodontic evaluation at the age of 7. This is usually a good time to evaluate the first appearance of permanent molars and incisors, the relationship between the jaw and the teeth as well as several other orthodontic problems. There are some more serious cases that may require intervention as early as 4 or 5 years old, but these cases are generally less common.

The key to an effective and optimal treatment relies on an assessment in the early stages of a child’s teeth development in order to detect problems from the start and offer significant improvements when orthodontic treatments are required from a young age. An orthodontic assessment can also provide peace of mind for parents in the event that no intervention is required.

The advantages of orthodontic interventions at a young age

Following a thorough assessment of your child’s needs, your orthodontist may recommend an early intervention. There are several benefits to preliminary treatments such as the ability to improve jaw growth, minimize the risk of dental problems, improve speech problems, and much more. Early orthodontic treatment will not preclude the need for later interventions but can greatly improve outcomes and may lead to much simpler and more effective orthodontic treatments and corrections later.

Regardless of your child’s case, the most qualified person to assess your child’s needs is a professional and specialized orthodontist. Contact us now to make an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation with one of our specialists.

What is the difference between ClearCorrect and Invisalign® ?

What is the difference between ClearCorrect and Invisalign® ?


The Invisalign® treatment

Invisalign® is a modern orthodontic method that uses a custom-made clear aligner system. Each case is evaluated by an orthodontic specialist who can then suggest a treatment plan according to your needs and budget. 

The ClearCorrect treatment

ClearCorrect is a dental aligner system made of crack and stain resistant polyurethane. There are several treatment options as well as the option to pay per aligner or for a full package depending on your needs.

Choosing your treatment

There are many different treatment options offered by different companies when it comes to dental aligners, each presenting a list of advantages and disadvantages. It is important to choose a system where a dental professional can perform a detailed examination of your condition, establish an accurate diagnostic and develop a personalized treatment plan. 

Generally, clear aligners have many points in common, such as the possibility to remove them to eat and brush your teeth, as well as the discretion offered by the use of clear materials. 

The F. Lavoie Orthodontic Clinic offers a full range of Invisalign® treatments in order to help you obtain the smile you have always dreamed of. 

Invisalign® vs ClearCorrect

Invisalign® offers custom clear aligners made using 3D imaging and a unique patented process. These aligners operate progressively, moving the teeth gradually to the desired position. 

You will find similar features with ClearCorrect, which presents similar advantages to Invisalign® such as the possibility to remove the aligner to eat or brush your teeth and more. 

Invisalign® has developed and patented more processes than their competitors, which contributes in giving them an advantage in terms of expertise. Invisalign® stands out by the use of a patented material, SmartTrack, a thin and flexible thermoplastic approved by the FDA, that is BPA-free, BPS-free, gluten-free and latex-free. The use of this material offers superior comfort as well as a more secure fit, allowing you to achieve faster and more noticeable results.

There are several options to meet your needs when it comes to dental alignment. Contact an orthodontic clinic to make an appointment with an Invisalign® specialist and discover the options available to you!

How long is an Invisalign® treatment?

How long is an Invisalign® treatment?


The Invisalign® treatment

The Invisalign® treatment is an orthodontic treatment that allows the alignment of teeth effectively and painlessly. Thanks to the use of transparent aligners, you will be able to obtain the smile you have always dreamed of, without the use of metal braces.

Invisalign® uses a patented thermoplastic material and 3D imaging to create an aligner specially adapted to your teeth and your unique needs. A specialist will develop a treatment plan in order to help you achieve optimal results.

Duration of the Invisalign® treatment

There are several treatment options available to meet your specific needs. Invisalign® features a series of aligners, each designed to move your teeth gradually to the final position. The number of aligners varies according to the treatment plan chosen and the complexity of the teeth malpositions.

Generally, the duration of an Invisalign® treatment lasts between 12 and 24 months, similar to traditional braces. Some cases may take more or less time and sometimes certain teeth require the addition of other aligners to refine their final position. All details will be determined during a consultation with an Invisalign® specialist.

Consult an orthodontic specialist to learn more about the options available to you and find out about the Invisalign® treatments available at the F. Lavoie Orthodontic Clinic.

Conventional orthodontic braces vs. Invisalign®?

Conventional orthodontic braces vs. Invisalign®?


There are several methods of aligning teeth, such as conventional braces, clear aligners and more. Discover the differences between the available treatments in order to make an informed choice. 

Conventional braces treatment

Braces are a conventional method that has been proven effective over the years. The alignment of the teeth is done progressively with the help of a metal wire and brackets attached to each tooth, allowing the orthodontist to make the necessary adjustments at each stage of the treatment. This method, which has greatly evolved over time, is done gently and can correct all types of teeth misplacements. You will also find several options to personalize your braces such as colored elastics and brackets, “clear” ceramic brackets and much more. 

The duration of orthodontic braces treatments varies according to the complexity of the case and generally lasts between 12 and 24 months. In most cases, Invisalign® treatments takes less time than conventional braces. During the treatment, your orthodontist will perform follow-ups every 6 to 8 weeks to monitor and control progress.

Invisalign® Treatment

Invisalign® offers custom made clear aligners with the help of 3D imaging. These dental devices operate progressively, gradually moving the teeth to the desired position. Invisalign® uses a patented material, SmartTrack, a thin and flexible thermoplastic to offer superior comfort. This material is FDA approved, BPA-free, BPS-free, gluten-free, and latex-free, and has been designed to deliver fast, effective results.

The duration of treatment is similar to conventional braces, usually between 12 and 24 months depending on the severity of each case. One of the great benefits of Invisalign® treatments is the ability to remove the aligner to eat or brush your teeth, as well as its subtle appearance.

The advantages of Invisalign® : 

  • Better hygiene: Ability to remove aligners to brush teeth and floss.
  • No dietary restrictions: Ability to remove aligners to eat, therefore no need to avoid hard foods and risk breaking your braces, also no need to avoid sticky foods that stick around the braces and cause cavities.
  • Graduation/Confirmation/Wedding photos, etc.: Possibility to remove aligners so they don’t show in pictures.
  • No discomfort or pain: No unstuck brackets that irritate the lips or poking metal wires. 
  • Less time loss : Less appointments are necessary than with braces (precious time for patients and parents) 

Get more information on the orthodontic treatments offered at the F. Lavoie Orthodontic Clinic. Make an appointment and consult an orthodontic specialist to discover the best solution for your needs!

What is the price of an Invisalign treatment?

What is the price of an Invisalign treatment?


The price of an Invisalign® treatment

When you first see an orthodontic clinic, the orthodontist will diagnose your malocclusion and will be able to put in place a treatment plan adapted to your dental needs. This will allow the healthcare professional to set a price for the Invisalign® treatment that is right for you.

The solution of choice

This treatment to align the teeth is considered as the solution of choice for the vast majority of adults and adolescents who wish to correct the overlap, spaces, misaligned teeth and all other types of malocclusion, simple or complex (cross-occlusion, overbite, underbite, etc.). The price of an Invisalign® treatment is always determined by the type of malocclusion.

Duration of an Invisalign treatment

Therefore, the duration of you treatment will be determined by the complexity of the case assessed by the orthodontist and also by the number of clear aligners required to align your teeth. The patient’s condition also influences the price of Invisalign® treatment, which is determined by the duration of treatment.

To give you an idea of the global budget needed, the Invisalign® price is similar to conventional orthodontic braces. Since treatment varies from patient to patient, the price will be determined at your first consultation with the orthodontist. You will also be able to obtain information on the interest-free payment plans offered by the orthodontic clinic.

The treatment time is often comparable or even less than a conventional braces treatment. Once the clear aligners are in place, the orthodontist and his team will follow you approximately every eight to ten weeks to check your progress.

Don’t hesitate to visit an orthodontic clinic for more information on Invisalign® treatment or any other treatment to obtain beautiful, straight teeth.