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Braces Problems: Although braces problems are not that common, let’s talk about what problems could occur! During orthodontic treatment, there are some common problems that can occur. No need to be worried though! We have all the tips you need, to prevent these common problems from happening to you. The following will also provide you with the best solutions to any problems that may occur over your treatment period.
Protruding or broken wires– Apply relief wax to the spot where they wire is causing discomfort. You can try to carefully move the wire to a less painful spot. Depending on the severity, you may want to book an appointment with your orthodontist to resolve the issue before further damage occurs.
Loose brackets– Apply a small amount of relief wax to the bracket. If possible, you can add some wax in between the soft tissue in your mouth and the braces.
Loose spacers– Try to place your spacers back in using the floss technique demonstrated to you at your last visit. If you are running into trouble, please contact us!
Loose bands– Try your best to save the band for repair and book an appointment with your orthodontist to get the band secured back into place.
Any of these common problems with braces can lead to canker sores. Canker sores occur when part of your braces rub along the inside of your mouth. We urge any patient that is experiencing any of the problems listed to call Dr. Mir and make an appointment. York Orthodontics wants to ensure that you are not in any pain during your treatment period.
Braces can be very delicate and break easily. To avoid this from happening during your treatment time, we recommend to watch what foods you are consuming. The appliances in your mouth have endless amounts of spaces where food can hide. Try to avoid any hard or sticky food. As well as food that can be easily lodged in between your braces.  Doing this, will prevent any unsuspected orthodontic visits due to broken brackets, wires, bands and spacers.
You can be more prone to common oral health problems when wearing braces as well. Practicing good oral health is essential when it comes to wearing braces. Habits that worked great for you before braces, may not be enough now. Take extra time and care when maintaining your oral health with braces. The following, are common occurrences that can be amplified for patients with braces.
Demineralization- Demineralization takes place when teeth come in contact with bacteria, which produces acid. This causes a loss of calcium and phosphate in the teeth which leads to decalcification, also known as “white scars”. These “white scars” appear as little white squares where your brackets used to be. Unfortunately, demineralization is usually permanent and can cause sensitivity as well as lead to cavities. Demineralization is easily preventable. Simply take extra care when it comes to your oral hygiene. Brushing after every meal, flossing every day and avoiding soda are ways you can prevent demineralization from happening to you.
Gingivitis- Gingivitis is the initial form of gum disease. This occurs when the tissue around the teeth become inflamed. Other side effects may include, bleeding, tenderness, redness and swelling. Gingivitis is reversible, considering you don’t ignore the problem. Gingivitis can increase your valued treatment time so, if you see any signs, make sure to address it promptly!
Anybody can become affected by gingivitis. Although, wearing braces may increase your chance of developing this common disease. Braces can become an obstacle when trying to brush around the gum line. So, we encourage our patients to extremely attentive when brushing.
Plaque- Plaque is a colourless, sticky film that is produced by the combination of saliva and food particles in one’s mouth. Acid can form when plaque is combined with sugars, which can be dangerous for your teeth and gums. Plaque can lead to tartar, tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems when not taken care of properly. Everybody suffers from plaque, but wearing braces can make it especially difficult to fight it. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing every day are the best ways to prevent plaque from becoming an issue.  
Tartar- Tartar occurs when plaque is left on the tooth’s surface for too long and hardens. This can end up trapping stains on the teeth, which leads to discolouration. Tartar forms and hardens along the gum line, under the gums and especially around braces. Once tartar is formed, only a dentist or hygienist can remove it. Dr. Mir encourages patients with braces to be especially vigilant. Braces have endless spots where tartar can build. So, regular brushing and flossing is essential when it comes to prevents tartar build up.
Bad Breath- Braces have so many places where food particles can be trapped. Bacteria then feeds on the food particles left in your mouth which create an odour. This is caused by poor oral hygiene. Habits that worked well prior to braces, may not be enough now that you have braces. It is important to brush after every meal, floss daily and even use mouthwash regularly.
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Frequently Asked Orthodontic Questions: The following are the most frequently asked questions here at York Orthodontics. If you have any further questions, feel free to give us a call at 289 588 8747 or email us at info@yorkortho.ca

What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the treatment of irregularities in one’s mouth. Orthodontists are specialists, meaning they deal with more severe problems than a regular dentist does.  Orthodontists focus on correcting teeth and jaws that are improperly positioned.
Do I need a referral?
No, if you feel like you need braces or have any concerns regarding your orthodontic health, feel free to call us to book a FREE consultation. No referral needed!
Do you offer free consultations?
Yes, York Orthodontics offers FREE consultations. Give us a call at 289-588-8747 or email us atinfo@yorkortho.ca
Do you offer payment plans?
Absolutely! Dr. Mir’s team will sit down with you and discuss a flexible payment plan that accommodates your financial needs.
At what age does my child need to see an orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontics and Canadian Association of Orthodontics recommends that children should have an orthodontic evaluation no later than age 7. At this age, a child’s natural growth process is well under way. This means any problems that are detected are easier to treat. Even when teeth look straight, a child may have underlying problems!
How much do braces cost?
This is one of our most frequently asked questions! The average price The price of braces depends on the patient’s case. Therefore, it is difficult to provide you with an exact estimate without being seen by Dr. Mir. Once you have been seen by the orthodontist, he will be able to provide you with the cost of your treatment plan.
Will my insurance cover the cost of braces?
York Orthodontics does not deal directly with patients insurance companies. However, we will help you gather all the information you need regarding coverage on your treatment plan.
When you make payment in the office, we will provide you with a receipt after every transaction made. You can then submit that receipt to your insurance company to claim  your coverage.  
Are there invisible braces?
Yes, York Orthodontics offers Invisalign treatment plans. Invisalign is the clear alternative to traditional braces.
Do braces hurt?
No, braces are not painful. You may experience slight discomfort when first getting braces and after adjustments.
How often do I need to be seen by the Orthodontist?
Once you have committed to a treatment plan, Dr. Mir must see you every 4-6 weeks for an adjustment.

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How cancer treatment can affect your oral health: Did you know that one third of cancer treatment patients experience complications with their oral health? In honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month,York Orthodontics would like to provide you with some helpful information about oral health and cancer treatment.
Certain cancer treatments are known to affect one’s oral health. Cancer cells increase extremely fast. Therefore, chemotherapy and radiation are used to kill rapidly multiplying cells. Unfortunately, chemotherapy and radiation also kill healthy cells in one’s body and mouth. If you do not have good oral health prior to cancer treatment, your chance of infection and other complications is much greater.
If you are going through cancer treatment and are experiencing the following symptoms, it is important to keep your dentist a part of your cancer treatment team.
Mouth sores
Bleeding or swelling of the gums
Pain in or around the ears
Jaw pain
Tenderness when biting
Headaches
Dry mouth
Excessive vomiting
Flossing daily, using soft bristle toothbrushes, and rinsing your mouth after vomiting are all healthy ways you can maintain good oral health during cancer treatment.
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Temporary Anchorage Device: Temporary anchorage devices are small medical grade screws that are placed in one’s mouth in order to act as anchors for moving teeth into their desired location. These smalls screws are made up of titanium alloy and therefore biocompatible.

TAD’s create a form of anchorage that braces alone can not produce. They provide a fixed point where a constant force is applied to shift teeth. Temporary anchorage devices are able to reduce the unwanted movement on certain teeth, while helping complete the desired movement of other teeth.

Where & how is a TAD placed?

TADS can be placed in many different locations in one’s mouth. The exact placement of an anchorage device is customized to each patient. These devices are usually placed between or near the roots of the teeth and it is usually done by your orthodontist or surgeon. After anesthetizing the tissue, TADS are inserted using a special instrument. This form of treatment is non-invasive and can be completed using a topical anaesthetic. The mini screw is removed at the end of the patient’s treatment.

Do TAD’s hurt?
Due to the fact that there are zero nerve endings in bone tissue, TAD’s cause little to no discomfort.

How long do I have to wear a TAD?

It says it all in the name, anchorage devices are only temporary. The TAD will be removed when it is no longer needed to assist in tooth movement.
If you or someone you know is interested in orthodontic treatment and think TADs can help in their treatment, please make an appointment with Dr. Mir to discuss treatment options!
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Importance of Oral Health: Everybody makes a point of seeing their family doctor when they are sick. So why isn’t that the case when it comes to visiting your dentist or orthodontist? If you see a problem in your mouth, shouldn’t it be as urgent as visiting your doctor when you catch a cold? Unfortunately, many people wait until there is a dental/orthodontic emergency to visit their dentist or orthodontist. Good oral health makes a huge difference in your overall health. Therefore, regular visits to your dentist  and orthodontist should be a priority!

Good oral health makes a positive contribution to your overall health. For example, gum disease is associated with cases such as stroke, heart disease, diabetes and the list goes on… Caring for your smile can make a healthy impact on your life in ways that you wouldn’t expect.

Did you know that approximately 3200 Canadians are diagnosed with oral cancer every year? Unfortunately, the survival rate of oral cancer is low. This is because many cases are not detected until it is too late. When caught early on, the changes of remission are high! Something as simple as bleeding gums can be a sign of oral cancer. So don’t take the chance, visit your dentist at least once a year. You wont regret it!

Here are some helpful tips on oral health:

KEEP YOUR MOUTH CLEAN
-Eat healthy foods that benefit your oral health. This means limiting foods with high levels of carbohydrates and sugars.
-Use quality instruments to keep your mouth clean. Products like soft bristle toothbrushes and toothpaste containing fluoride are beneficial to your oral health. Try to purchase products with a Canadian Dental Association (CDA) seal.

CHECK YOUR MOUTH
Just like the Canadian Cancer Society reminds people to check their breasts for lumps, the Canadian Dental Association reminds you to do the same with your mouth.
Signs of gum disease can range from sores, sensitive gums, bleeding when brushing or flossing to bad breath that wont subside. 
Numbness or tingling in the mouth, white or red patches, bleeding and sores that wont heal are all symptoms of oral cancer.

REGULAR DENTIST VISITS
According to the Canadian Dental Association, 48% of Canadians that haven’t been to a dentist in a year are diagnosed with gum disease. This can easily be prevented by making regular visits to your dentist. When you see a dentist frequently, any problems can be detected at their earliest stages and can be treated promptly.

EAT WELL
Another way of strengthening your teeth & gums and improving your oral health is eating well. Snacks like cheese, nuts, non-acidic fruits can be beneficial to your oral health.
Receiving orthodontic treatments can be curtail to your oral health. Problems like crowded teeth allow plaque to build in places you cannot clean. This can lead to serious problems like gum disease. Therefore, straightening your smile can act as foundation in improving your oral health.
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When To See An Orthodontist: An orthodontists job isn’t always to just straighten your smile. Orthodontists are specialists, meaning they deal with more serious or unique problems than a regular dentist does. Many people are unfamiliar with this, which can lead to them not knowing when and if they should visit and orthodontist. In honour of National Orthodontic Health Month, York Orthodontics would like to educate you on when you should know to see an orthodontist.
If you or your child are suffering from any of the following symptoms, we suggest you book an appointment with  Dr. Mir…

-Early or late loss of baby teeth
-Difficulty with speech
-Jaw locking or shifting 
-Facial imbalance 
-Unable to comfortably close lips
-Mouth breathing
-Thumb sucking 
-Difficulty chewing or biting 

Having crooked teeth is not the only reason to see an orthodontist! The American Association of Orthodontics and Canadian Association of Orthodontics recommends that children should have an orthodontic evaluation no later than age 7. At this age, a child’s natural growth process is well under way. This means any problems that are detected are easier to treat. Even when teeth look straight, a child may have underlying problems!
If you are experiencing any of these conditions, we welcome you to come in for a FREE consultation. Please give us a call at 289 588 8747 or email us at info@yorkortho.ca.
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