Whether the patient is a child, a teenager, or an adult, the goal of orthodontic treatment is the same – to straighten teeth so that they function as they should.
This goal is achieved using braces or clear aligners that put gentle pressure on your teeth to move them into the correct position over a period of months or years.
Our Board-Certified Orthodontist in Kelowna
Dr. Jonathan Suzuki is a board-certified orthodontist at Landmark Dental Centrewho helps to provide specialty orthodontic appliances and treatments to our patients.
While some dentists are able to offer orthodontic treatment for mild-to-moderate orthodontic issues like overbites, overjets, gapped teeth and misalignments, certain orthodontic issues require the specialized training of a board-certified orthodontist. Orthodontists are trained in treatment methods and planning using a combination of carefully crafted orthodontic appliances, treatments, and even surgeries to help restore the appearance and function of your smile.
Traditional braces are made of either metal or ceramic and have been the main method for straightening teeth for decades. In recent years, advances in orthodontic treatment have resulted in braces that are low-profile, more comfortable and easier to care for.
How Braces Straighten Teeth
Braces apply continuous pressure to the teeth over a period of time, slowly moving them into their new, prescribed positions.
As pressure is applied and the teeth adjust, the bone changes shape to accommodate the new positions of the teeth.
Invisalign Clear Aligners
With Invisalign clear aligners, your smile is gradually straightened using a series of individually customized, clear plastic aligners that are adjusted over a period of time.
Invisalign clear aligners offer the convenience of removability, for when you'd prefer no one know that you are straightening your teeth.
They are similar in appearance to custom whitening trays and just as easy to insert. You can even take them out to eat, drink, brush and floss!