Close

Orthodontics

invisalignFor the word nerds among us, Orthodontia comes from the Greek words orthos (“correct”, “straight”) and dontia (“teeth”).   Orthodontia is the specialty of dentistry that is concerned with the treatment of improper bites and crooked teeth and jaws. Orthodontic treatment can help fix the patient’s teeth and set them in the right place using metal braces or clear aligners to reset and correct the patient’s teeth.]

Correctly aligned teeth is not just a cosmetic concern.  Proper alignement can also alleviate the issues that can be caused by an improper bite, speech or chewing difficulties, jaw problems, and increased wear on the tooth enamel.  You’ll have the confidence of a great smile and increase the likelihood of improved oral health

The best way to find out if you or your child will need braces is to call and set up an appointment for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Garbelya. She is happy to meet with you to answer any questions, do an assessment of the alignment of your teeth, and provide treatment to help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.

Orthodontics (FAQ)

What are the benefits of straitening teeth that are out of alignment?

• Healthier Teeth and Gums

Swollen, red gums can often be the result of having teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced. Unfortunately, these are also signs of periodontal disease. When teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, allowing for the strongest and healthiest defense against potential periodontal problems. Correcting the position of the teeth can prevent gum disease, decay, bone death, and loose or lost of teeth.

• Easier Cleaning

Gaps in the teeth can harbour food and bacteria leading to decay, while tightly spaced / crowded teeth can make brushing and flossing a challenge. Properly aligned teeth allows for better access in order to clean the teeth effectively with brushing and flossing
One of the biggest challenges of having braces is removing all the food that gets trapped in the brackets and wires. This can often lead to plaque buildup and eventually tooth decay. With Invisalign®, the aligners are removable, so it’s easy to continue brushing and flossing your teeth the way you normally do.

• Overall Health

Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by bacteria. Left untreated, they can cause mouth sores, tender or bleeding gums, bad breath, and possible tooth loss. Science has proven the link between poor oral health and serious ailments such as heart disease, stroke, pneumonia and diabetes. Invisalign® aligners make daily oral hygiene easier, thus reducing the risk of possible problems.

Correctly aligned teeth can also alleviate the issues that can be caused by an improper bite, speech or chewing difficulties, jaw problems, and increased wear on the tooth enamel.

Invisalign® effectively addresses all of these orthodontic issues, so you'll have the confidence of a great smile and increase the likelihood of improved oral health. Think of your teeth as a window to the health of your body. Your teeth and gums — and how they look to others when you smile—say a lot about your overall health. If you're taking good care of both, you're probably taking good care of the rest of you.

What is Orthodontics?

For the word nerds among us, Orthodontia comes from the Greek words orthos ("correct", "straight") and dontia ("teeth"). Orthodontia is the specialty of dentistry that is concerned with the treatment of improper bites and crooked teeth and jaws. Orthodontic treatment can help fix the patient's teeth and set them in the right place using metal braces or clear aligners to reset and correct the patient's teeth.] Orthodontics works on reconstructing the entire face rather than focusing only on teeth. After a course of active orthodontic treatment, patients will typically wear retainers (orthodontic devices), which help to maintain the teeth in their improved positions while surrounding bone reforms around them.

How long does it take to straighten teeth?

At Kelowna Dental Centre, we have many teeth-straightening solutions available for patients of all ages, including solutions that are nearly invisible and can significantly change your alignment in as little as six months. The time it will take to straighten your teeth largely depends on the severity of your condition however, the average case takes about 12 months for adults.

What are Invisible Braces?

Like an orthodontist, we are able to straighten your smile with tooth-straightening systems that are nearly invisible, such as Invisalign® a system that uses clear materials (i.e., clear brackets and wiring, and removable aligners) that are discreet and comfortable.

Does everyone need Braces / Orthodontics?

No. Only patients with misalignment problems need to wear braces. The best way to find out if you or your child will need braces is to call and set up an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Webster.

How does Invisalign® work?

Wearing the aligners gradually and gently shifts your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won't even know you're straightening your teeth.

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using custom-made aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Dr. Sarah Garbelya is a certified and experienced Invisalign-trained doctor. She is happy to meet with you to answer any questions, do an assessment of the alignment of your teeth, and provide treatment to help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.

Does Invisalign® work as well as metal braces?

Invisalign® effectively treats a wide variety of cases, including crowding, spacing, crossbite, overbite and underbite.
In the hands of a trained professional, Invisalign® clear aligners can be just as effective as metal braces. The patented technology can effectively treat the most common and complex teeth-straightening concerns, while providing the freedom to remove the aligners when needed, for special occasions, to eat the foods you enjoy and to brush and floss properly.

Is Invisalign® treatment cosmetic?

You may be surprised to know that the benefits of having properly aligned teeth extend far beyond a confident smile. Straightening your teeth can actually significantly affect not only your dental health by reducing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease, but can also play a role in your health in general. Correctly aligned teeth can alleviate the issues that can be caused by an improper bite, speech or chewing difficulties, jaw problems, and increased wear on the tooth enamel.

Who can use Invisalign®?

Unlike other types of invisible braces, Invisalign® is appropriate for teenagers and adults alike.
Choosing to straighten your teeth is a big decision that affects not only your appearance, but your lifestyle as well. As an adult, you may be looking to improve your smile for business and social reasons, or even for a special occasion like your wedding day. Or perhaps you're a teen or the parent of a teen looking for an effective yet modern-day solution. Either way, Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® can provide a simple way to accomplish this without having to put your life on hold.

What are the benfits of Invisalign Teen® ?

When it comes to wearing metal braces, an overwhelming 92% of teens feel that it would keep them from fitting in with their peers. It turns out that standing out in the crowd isn't always a good thing.
Teens wearing Invisalign®® clear aligners are 2X more likely to have a boost in self-esteem while in treatment than teens treated with metal braces. It’s hard to show confidence with a mouth full of metal.

How long does Invisalign® take to straighten teeth?

Dr. Webster will determine the length of treatment based on the severity of your unique situation. On average, patients who seek out invisible braces use Invisalign® for 12 months.

How much does Invisalign® cost?

The cost of an Invisalign® treatment is similar to traditional braces and some types of clear braces. At Kelowna Dental Centre, we offer a wide variety of payment and financing options that are designed to help you achieve straight teeth with the Invisalign® system.

What is Six Month Smiles?

Six Month Smiles is a clear-braces option that is best for correcting spaces, gaps, and crooked teeth that show when you smile on patients 15 years and older.

Can adults use Six Month Smiles?

Six Month Smiles is a clear-braces option that is best for correcting spaces, gaps, and crooked teeth that show when you smile on patients 15 years and older.

Explore Orthodontics

Invisalign Clear Aligners

Like an orthodontist, we are able to straighten your smile with tooth-straightening systems that are nearly invisible.   Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using custom-made aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually... Read More

Learn More

Six-Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles can be used for patients ages 15 and up. It is a clear-braces option that is best for correcting spaces, gaps, and crooked teeth that show when you smile

Learn More

Bracket Orthodontics

Some orthodontic cases may require treatment to reset and correct the patient’s teeth using traditional metal brackets. The best way to find out if you or your child will need braces and which course of treatment suits your needs, is to schedule a complimentary... Read More

Learn More
Contact Us Today
Request an Appointment