Orthodontics & Functional Orthopedics - Dentist in St. Albert

Misaligned teeth? Bad bite? Poor jaw structure? You might need orthopedic or orthodontic treatments. Luckily, at McKenney Corner Dental Care, we offer a myriad of treatments for your dental needs. 


What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics, more classically involves the use of braces that are bonded to the teeth. These braces allow our dentists in St. Albert to control the teeth more accurately so that we can fine tune their relationship to one another and create that beautiful smile.


What is functional orthopedics in St. Albert?

Functional Orthopedics are a great way to help younger patients avoid many of the conditions that have plagued their parents, such as, poor sleep habits, T.M.J. pain, sleep apnea, small lower jaws (weak chin profile), and proud upper teeth (buck teeth) that may lead to poor self-image.


What are the signs you may need orthodontic or orthopedic treatment?

These are the signs you may need orthodontic or orthopedic treatments: 

  • Difficulty chewing or biting.
  • Visibly misaligned baby teeth.
  • Persistent thumb sucking habit.
  • Mouth breathing.
  • Early or late loss of baby teeth.
  • Inability to speak clearly.

Orthodontics & Orthopedics is usually initiated earlier by our cosmetic dentists in St. Albert in an effort to assure more favorable facial growth and jaw structure. It is known that only 18-20% of malocclusion in children is genetic. This implies that the remaining 80% of poor bites arise due to environmental factors i.e., poor tongue position, mouth breathing, allergies, or enlarged tonsils and adenoids. As these influences act upon the developing lower face almost from birth it is important to try to counteract these negative influences early and allow for more normal development. Well timed functional therapy can have an astounding influence on your child's development often discouraging mouth breathing, poor sleep habits and a slow physical growth pattern. Functional orthopedics is usually therapy of short duration, may involve removable appliances and often makes more extensive therapy (braces) unnecessary. 


How to care for braces?

Here are some tips to do to care for your braces:

  • Choose the Proper Toothpaste, Floss, and Mouth Rinse.
  • Brush Your Teeth to Remove Food and Beverage Debris.
  • Floss at Least Once a Day.
  • Use an Oral Irrigator to Clean Your Teeth and Braces.
  • Choose Your Diet Carefully.
  • Visit your dental hygienists every 3 months for a cleaning. 
  • Go to your orthodontist regularly for proper fitting and dental checkups in St. Albert. 

Contact us today or book an appointment online to learn more about orthodontics and orthopedics. 

Last Updated On 2021-10-28