Types of Treatment at GD Orthodontics
At GD Orthodontics, we offer a large variety of orthodontic services in Mississauga, from traditional braces to Invisalign® to surgical orthodontics. We hope you will find a solution that will suit your lifestyle, health, self-esteem, and smile. Contact our clinic today to book an initial free consultation with Dr. Girish Deshpande, our board-certified orthodontist.
GD Orthodontics doesn’t just offer implements like braces at our Mississauga clinic. We can treat sleep apnea, jaw problems, and dento facial problems too.
Ever wondered whether your child is too young to start orthodontic treatment? You’re not alone. Read more on this page about adolescents and orthodontic care, and call us if you have any questions.
Correct harmful oral habits like thumb-sucking.
Prevent further wear or injury to teeth and jaw joints by moving the teeth and jaws to their optimum positions.
Possibly prevent the need for braces and even oral surgery through early intervention in detrimental bite or alignment patterns.
Increase the impact of final treatment results and their stability.
Improve the ease of breathing.
Discourage speech impediments.
Possibly prevent the need for jaw surgery later on in life, and minimize the likelihood of future extractions of permanent teeth.
Better manage their oral hygiene and decrease the opportunities for tooth decay, gum disease, and problems like heart disease to develop.
Widen narrow arches, creating space to alleviate crowding and to allow adult teeth to emerge in the correct position
Prevent wear on teeth and jaw joints through the correction of overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
Encourage proper chewing of food, resulting in better absorption of nutrients and helping relieve any digestive problems, through increased bite contact.
This doesn’t mean that as an adult, your opportunity is gone! Learn more about adults and orthodontic treatment.
Two Phase Treatment
Two-phase treatment is a process that both straightens your teeth and encourages facial changes. Our mission with two-phase treatments is to give you a smile you can be confident wearing and showing off.
Children may begin to exhibit early signs of jaw problems at an early age, and if they have discrepancies after age 7 or 8, they may be good candidates for early orthodontic treatment. Leaving jaw problems untreated until all permanent teeth have appeared may cause a problem too severe to treat with conventional braces.
During Phase 1, our goal is to develop a jaw size that can accommodate all permanent teeth and properly relate the upper and lower jaws to each other.
Teeth won’t be in their final position at the end of Phase 1. There will be a resting and monitoring period after the first phase, and baby teeth may be removed at this time to make room for adult teeth to erupt.
Phase 2 is when we try to put each tooth in the right location in relation to the lips, tongue, cheek, and other teeth. Doing so allows optimal function and stability.
This phase usually happens after all teeth have erupted. Braces are typically worn for 18-24 months.
Devices called retainers are fitted onto your teeth to prevent relapse. Retainers may be worn part-time indefinitely. Learn more about retainers here.
Dentofacial Orthopedics / Growth Modification
Dentofacial Orthopedics is a two-phased treatment where the goal is to normalize the growth of patient bone structure. This typically begins around the age of 7 or 8 when jaw abnormalities begin to show. Proper jaw alignment is tackled in the first phase, and the second phase may involve braces to straighten out teeth.
Dento Orthopedics for adults may involve surgery. Children, on the other hand, have more flexible jaw bones that are not fully mature yet, making it easier to control their growth.
Talk to us to see if this procedure is right for you. GD Orthodontics offers free initial consultations.
Clicking or popping sensations/noises when opening and closing your mouth
Jaw soreness or pain that seems more intense in the morning or late afternoon
Sensitive teeth not caused by other dental problems
Earache without the presence of infections
Misaligned upper and lower teeth (malocclusion)
Stiff, “locked” feeling in the jaw when using it
Recent change in your bite
Waking up regularly with headaches
Frequent tension headaches
At GD Orthodontics, Dr. Girish Deshpande can work with you and your general physician to stabilize your jaw and muscles. Contact us if you are experiencing any of the symptoms described.
Light and comfortable
Hands-free and easy to use
Can be used for as little as 20 minutes per day to complement braces
AcceleDent® uses vibrations to help bone and teeth move more freely. While you may initially feel a tingling sensation similar to that of an electric toothbrush, this will go away after you’ve grown accustomed to the device.
If you’re interested in this technology, schedule a free consultation with GD Orthodontics.
Designed by orthodontic professionals and used for over a decade, WildSmiles® also play an effective role in correcting teeth and jaw problems. Contact us for a free consultation if you are interested in WildSmiles®.
If a problem cannot be treated with orthodontic appliances alone, surgical orthodontics, called orthognathic surgery, may be suggested.
Today, digital imaging technology along with computerized treatment planning, titanium plates, and miniature screws has drastically improve our success rate with these types of surgery. Compared to past generations, you can expect shorter treatment and recovery times in today’s dental world along with more effective treatment.
Orthognathic surgery is often unnecessary because advances in orthodontic technology have made it possible for most problems to be fixed. However, we are happy to discuss surgery with you if we deem it necessary.
Schedule a Free Consultation Today
Whether it’s a more complex procedure or conventional braces, our Mississauga-based team at GD Orthodontics can walk you through the process and provide you with options for your orthodontic care. Contact us today to schedule a free, initial consultation with board-certified orthodontist Dr. Girish Deshpande, and get started on attaining a more confident smile.
Allow growth of new teeth by making room
Influence jaw growth, which can help create facial symmetry
Help protect front teeth from injury if they were originally protruding
Minimize the chance of needing to remove teeth
Reducing time spent wearing braces
Protruding upper front teeth and/or protruding upper jaw
Tipped-back lower front teeth
Openbite – it’s possible for the gap between top and bottom teeth to match the child’s thumb
Upper jaw grows too narrow for lower jaw, causing crossbite
Types of Braces
Nowadays, you are not restricted to the “traditional” braces that often come to mind when you think of orthodontics. You have options such as:
1. Ceramic (clear) braces – these are more discreet than their metal counterparts. However, ceramic braces do require more attention when it comes to oral hygiene. Ceramic braces are often used on the upper teeth rather than the lower teeth.
2. Invisalign® – the Invisalign® System enjoys great popularity because of its ability to fix crooked teeth without being noticeable. These removable, clear aligners are created by computer simulation and gradually move your teeth into alignment. If you are interested in Invisalign®, ask your orthodontist if you are a suitable candidate!
3. Invisalign® Teen – this system is designed specifically to accommodate growing mouths and a busy teen lifestyle. They align teeth gradually just like the adult version, but come with extra features like the Blue Dot Wear Indicator to show how long the aligners have been worn, and six free replacement aligners.
4. Metal braces – these are what most people think of when they imagine “braces.” They are very strong and come in silver or gold. Most traditional, metal braces will require a ligature, or rubber band, to hold the arch wire and bracket together. While metal braces can be less expensive than other types, they may irritate gum and cheek tissue with their pointier bits. However, there are numerous first aid tricks to deal with this, such as saltwater rinses and using wax to cushion the metal brackets. Metal braces also come in a rainbow of colours, giving you room for personalization.
To learn more about your treatment options, book a consultation with us today!
Life with Braces
Getting braces will not turn your life upside down. The below mentioned points will give you basic information on how to adjust to your new orthodontic appliances and properly care for them. Always feel free to call our office at any time if you need more information.
Taking Good Care of Your Braces
If you want to wear your braces for the shortest treatment time possible, you should take care of them. Taking care of your braces doesn’t just benefit your teeth; it will cut the cost down.
Here are some instructions to take care of your braces:
Use small, soft-bristled toothbrushes to clean your children’s newly erupted teeth with a small amount of toothpaste
Teach kids how to brush as early as age 2 or 3 and supervise them until they can do it on their own
Visit the dentist regularly to check up on development and to screen for cavities
Try not to mention words like “pain” or “hurt” in the context of discussing visiting the dentist with your child
Encourage your child to discuss any fear they might have of going to the dentist
Determine whether your water supply is fluoridated or not; if not, ask your dentist about supplements
Talk to your dentist about using sealant to protect your child’s teeth’s chewing surfaces; this protects children against tooth decay
Emergencies & Handling Minor Brace Repairs
If you’ve broken or loosened your appliances, please do not come directly to our office, but do call us immediately. This will allow us to make time to see you, and even if you have an appointment scheduled, please call us ahead of time if you require an appliance to be repaired.
Orthodontic emergencies are rare, but problems may occur occasionally. Usually, these can be fixed at home. Here are a few common problems and how to handle them on your own.
Loose brackets or bands
Loose brackets or bands can be left alone until your next visit, but do let us know so we can schedule extra time for repairs. If it’s irritating, you can cut the wire using sanitized nail clippers and slip off the bracket. Tuck the wire under and make sure to bring your bracket to your next appointment.
Wires can cause discomfort to your cheek and gums because they’re so pointy. You can usually move them away from the irritated area with a cotton swab, round end of a spoon, or eraser. You can also cover the pointy end with cotton or wax. If the wire is painful, clip it with sterilized scissors or nail clippers. If it continues to be bothersome, let us know.
This is actually quite common. Do not be too worried about losing your separator, but do call our office to see if you need a replacement.
Pain and discomfort
It is common to feel pain, sore, and uncomfortable when you first begin your treatment. You may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers, and a warm washcloth or heating pad may relieve jaw soreness.
When to Call the Office
If you have made any of the aforementioned adjustments, please do call our orthodontic office in Mississauga as soon as you can during regular office hours. We can then schedule a time for repairs.
Call even if you have an appointment scheduled in the near future, because repairs may take longer than your allotted time.
If you are unable to fix a problem on your own, please call. We are always happy to help!
If your mouth or teeth have suffered a direct injury, immediately place ice on the area and call your regular dentist. Afterwards, your orthodontist will replace broken or displaced appliances as soon as possible depending on your comfort.
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Corn on the cob
Apples, unless cut into small pieces
Please call our office if you think your retainer needs to be adjusted. Never do it yourself.
Always bring your retainers with you to your follow-up appointments
Always remember to remove your retainers before swimming
Do not use hot water to clean your retainers; alternatively, clean your retainer twice a day with cold water
For most children, their adult teeth all erupt by age 12, so gaps, crookedness, and bad bites are now easily detectable
When many of their peers are also wearing braces, children at this age may be less self-conscious about the appearance of braces and may even be motivated to wear them in order to fit in
Rapid growth spurts happen at this age, allowing orthodontists to take advantage of the body’s constant changes to shape bite and teeth
Because youth of this age have fast metabolisms, they can experience shorter treatment times
Dr. Girish Deshpande will instruct you to wear your retainers at all times
While you are eating, take your retainers out
When not wearing your retainer, always put it in its case
Remember to remove your retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth
If you are having trouble speaking while wearing your retainer, please allow yourself some time; it will get better with each passing day
After your teeth have been moved by your orthodontic appliance, they must be retained in their new location. We must allow time for bone to regenerate and firm up around the teeth’s new location. Typically, this retention phase takes about nine months. This means, your retainers must be worn 23 hours a day consistently (you can take them out during meals).
If your retainers aren’t worn correctly, your teeth may shift back to their original position (relapse). We think you will agree when we say you have invested too much time, effort, and money for this to happen, and encourage you to wear your retainer diligently.
After nine months, we can start cutting back on retainer time. For example, you may start wearing your retainer only at night. How much we cut back wearing time depends on how successful the first phase of retention was, the severity of the initial problem, the appearance of wisdom teeth, and other factors like tongue thrusting, teeth grinding and clenching.
At the end of this active retention phase, and after we have addressed any wisdom teeth issues, we still encourage patients to wear their retainers indefinitely, at least on a part-time basis. Our bodies change constantly throughout our lives, and teeth are no exception. While changes shouldn’t be too drastic, wearing your retainers every night is your best chance against relapse. If your retainer feels tight, it means your teeth have moved and you have gone too long without wearing your retainer. If your retainer continues fitting comfortably, this means your teeth are stable.
If, for any reason, wearing your retainer is impossible, call us for an appointment to discuss the matter immediately. Do not adjust or tamper with your retainer. Patient co-operation at this stage of treatment is very important.
Contact Us Today
If you have any questions about orthodontic treatment, contact Mississauga’s GD Orthodontics. You can also call us to book a free, initial consultation with us.