Craniofacial Orthodontics is a subspecialty of orthodontics that treats patients with congenital abnormalities such as cleft lip and palate. As part of the treatment planning process, Dr. Kaur will work with a team composed of speech pathologists, oral surgeons, craniofacial plastic surgeons, and other specialists. As a member of the craniofacial team, Dr. Kaur examines tooth and jaw growth and development. As well as monitoring the progress of growth through X-ray and model examinations, he takes care of the non-surgical treatment of jaw position, as well as pre- and post-operative treatment of jaw surgery.
ADOLESCENT ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT
Though orthodontic treatment can be effective at any age, the most common time for treatment to begin is during adolescence. Once teeth have fully grown in, any issues with alignment or spacing become more easily identified.
During your consultation with Dr. Kaur, we will evaluate your teen’s individual needs. Dr. Kaur will recommend an orthodontic treatment plan to provide optimal results in an efficient manner.
Your teen’s orthodontic treatment may include:
- Traditional metal braces
- Ceramic braces
- Customized 3D Braces-Lightforce
- Or others
In every case, we will take time to fully discuss Dr. Kaur’s recommendations and your options. We will answer any questions or concerns you have before treatment begins.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary orthodontic consultation for your teen, contact our office.
ADULT ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT
Braces aren’t just for kids anymore. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 18. Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy. We offer a variety of treatments that are designed for different age groups – including adults. A new smile can begin today!
Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain.
Good news! The new techniques and appliances we use greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits, shorten treatment time and may allow you to choose from several options. Your options may include invisalign™,Customized 3D Braces-Lightforce, cosmetic ceramic braces or metal braces to treat most dental problems.
During the initial examination, we will be able to determine the best possible treatment for your individual needs. During this initial examination, we can outline the treatment plan, time of treatment expected and the approximate cost.
A sizable percentage of our patients are adults, and they agree that it’s never too late to improve their greatest asset – their smile. For more information or to schedule your orthodontic consultation, contact our office.
Traditional metal braces use small brackets that are affixed to your teeth to hold thin wires in place. These wires are minutely adjusted over time to gently guide teeth into the proper placement and alignment within your mouth. Although braces don’t hurt, in the first couple days after getting braces you may feel a slight discomfort as your teeth and mouth begin adjusting to your new braces.
When you have braces, it is important to brush your teeth around four (4) to five (5) times a day. This means brushing after every meal if possible, to prevent food from getting stuck.
What you eat and do not eat will directly affect the condition of your teeth during orthodontic treatment. Here are some tips on what kinds of foods you should avoid and how to carefully enjoy some of your favorites.
At times, it is difficult to break and chew certain foods. Eating hard foods can be harmful during orthodontic treatment because they can bend or break wires and even displace brackets. Avoid them entirely after you have had your wires changed, since teeth are the most tender at this stage.
Tips for eating hard foods:
Fruits are an essential part of a balanced diet. If you want to eat apples, pears and peaches, do not directly bite into them. Instead, cut them into small pieces before consuming.
If you enjoy eating almonds, cashews or peanuts, consider grinding them and adding it to cereals and yogurt.
While eating chicken wings or ribs, remove the bones before consuming your meal. This prevents you from accidentally chewing on a bone and dislocating a bracket.
While eating corn, remove the kernels from the cob to help prevent damage to your braces.
Avoid chewing on ice. You can suck on ice cubes but never bite them.
Sticky and Sweet Foods
Sticky foods can get stuck to your teeth and braces, and can even result in the braces getting pulled off. Sweet, sugary foods are high in sugar and their consumption can lead to tooth decay.
Tips for eating sticky and sweet foods:
- If you enjoy eating candy, try sucking on them instead of chewing them. Be sure to rinse your mouth with water to avoid sugar buildup on your teeth.
- Avoid chewing on gum. Gum can stick to braces and may be difficult to clean. It can also loosen the wires and brackets.
Our goal at Coastal Orthodontics is to provide the most efficient, effective, and comfortable orthodontic treatment to our patients. That’s why we’re excited to offer LightForce braces to our patients! The best thing about LightForce’s 3D-printed braces is that they’re 100% customized to match your smile. This new, innovative treatment is light years ahead of traditional treatments!
What is LightForce?
LightForce brackets are an innovative advancement in bracket technology. This is one of the most cutting-edge innovations in the orthodontic industry in recent years. Using this highly advanced system, orthodontists can provide customized treatment that was not previously possible, thanks to 3D technology that allows each bracket to be molded exactly to fit each tooth.
As the braces are built specifically to fit each patient’s teeth, you will always receive a perfect fit. As a result, treatment is more efficient and comfortable, which results in shorter treatment times and fewer appointments. Custom brackets can also lead to fewer emergencies because they adhere to your mouth more precisely.
How is LightForce different?
Unlike other braces, LightForce braces are completely customizable. It gives us a level of flexibility and control we’ve never had before! LightForce brackets are 3D-printed exclusively for your smile, unlike traditional braces which use pre-made brackets. As each bracket is customized for each patient’s smile, we can map out a path to a healthy smile that meets their individual needs.
How does LightForce work?
There are no uncomfortable plaster models or impressions required in the planning phase for LightForce braces. We will perform a comprehensive digital scan of your teeth during your initial consultation. Custom brackets will then be designed for each individual tooth based on the scan.
Since the brackets are made to order, we can place them wherever they’re needed on the tooth, giving us complete control over their movement. This makes treatment quicker and more efficient than with traditional braces. LightForce brackets are also more discreet than metal braces! Their natural color blends in beautifully with your teeth since they’re made from 100% polycrystalline alumina.
What are the advantages of LightForce braces?
In contrast to traditional brackets, LightForce brackets are patient-specific thanks to the patented 3D-printed technology. 3D-printed braces offer the strength and precision required to successfully shift teeth, but they are tailored to the dental anatomy of the patient, giving us the best results in less time.
Although it may sound complicated, LightForce’s online interface has been designed to make treatment planning fast and accurate. Thus, orthodontists can spend less time in front of the computer screen since the intuitive interface does most of the planning work for them. We still have complete control over the process, so don’t worry! Our doctors are able to make any necessary adjustments directly to the 3D model using the LightForce system, in real-time, right from the planning stage.
Still not convinced? With traditional braces, brackets are mass-produced and need to be placed by hand on each individual tooth. It can be a tedious and painstaking process for both doctor and patient. LightForce uses indirect bonding, which means the brackets are attached to a model of your teeth in the exact position recommended by your doctor. The brackets are then placed in trays before being sealed and cured. After the braces are ready, they are bonded directly to your teeth. As a result of this streamlined process, our doctors can sometimes place an entire set of braces in under an hour!
You deserve more than a “one size fits all” approach to your smile. The LightForce brackets are printed to perfectly fit each tooth, allowing for more precise movements and results that you won’t believe! Additionally, LightForce takes each patient’s jawline, lips, and facial layout into consideration, which enhances the final outcome.