Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about the practice.
What is Orthodontics
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The technical term for these problems is “malocclusion,” which means bad bite. The practice of orthodontics requires professional skill in the design, application and control of corrective appliances (such as braces or Invisalign) to bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment, thus achieving facial balance.
What is an Orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dental specialist in the diagnosis, prevention
Dr. Lacoursière holds a 3-year Masters degrees (thesis based) from the University of Alberta. Only dentists who have completed this advanced specialty education may be referred to as an orthodontist.
• Canadian Association of Orthodontists
• American Association of Orthodontists
What causes Orthodontic problems?
Most malocclusions are inherited, and some are acquired. Inherited problems include crowding of teeth, too much space between teeth, extra teeth, congenitally missing teeth and a wide range of differences between jaw growth and position, teeth
How do I Know if my child needs Orthodontic treatment?
It is usually difficult for you to determine whether treatment is necessary because many problems can occur even though the front teeth look straight. Some problems that look intimidating and complex may resolve on their own. Your general dentist is a good reference, but your orthodontist is your best resource. Your initial exam is comprehensive and informative, and Dr. Lacoursière would be more than happy to see your child and make any recommendations necessary.
What are the early signs of Orthodontic problems?
Although you may find it difficult to determine whether treatment is necessary, the following signs can help in prompting you to seek orthodontic advice:
– no spaces between any baby teeth;
– crowded or overlapping teeth;
– large gaps between the teeth;
– poor alignment of front top teeth with front bottom teeth;
– top front teeth that do not meet with the bottom front teeth;
– top front teeth that cover more than 50% of the bottom teeth.
If you see any misalignment or shifting of the jaw, your child may have a skeletal problem that could require early orthodontic treatment.
At what age should my child see an Orthodontist?
Can adults have braces?
Is Orthodontic treatment painful?
At Image Orthodontics, Dr.Lacoursiere has chosen to use the latest technology that maximizes treatment efficiency. The braces used are more comfortable and use technology that significantly reduces irritation.
What are Phase I (Interceptive) and Phase II (Comprehensive) treatments?
Phase II treatment usually occurs a number of years later. Dr. Lacoursière will wait for the remaining permanent teeth to erupt, including second molars, before beginning Phase II. This most commonly occurs at the age of 12 or 13. The goal of Phase II treatment is to achieve an ideal bite with all of the permanent teeth.
Does everyone need Phase I treatment?
How long does Orthodontic treatment take?
Treatment length often varies between 6 to 30 months. Treatment time depends on the development of the dentition, severity of the problem(s), cooperation, and the treatment goals. Non-compliance with oral hygiene, elastics or appliance care usually leads to prolonged treatment time.
What is the difference between Extraction and Non-Extraction therapies?
Our office’s treatment philosophy is very conservative and is focused on both dental and facial esthetics as well as long term stability. Dr. Lacoursière makes every effort to avoid extractions when possible. However, for severe crowding and severe jaw discrepancy, extraction(s) of specific teeth may be required.
Is Orthodontic care expensive?
Please ask us about our treatment fees. All of our financial contracts come standard with an interest-free payment plan.
“ My passion for orthodontics is knowing that I have the ability to develop fantastic smiles for my patients that can help unleash their great potential. I consider myself very blessed to have been given the skills and education required to help change people’s lives."
150-1820 McOrmond Drive Saskatoon, SK S7S 0A6