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Types Of Orthodontic Treatment

We offer the full range of traditional orthodontic treatments delivered with the latest technology and leading best practices. While braces are the most commonly recognized form of orthodontic treatment, there are many variations and styles that not only deliver the customized orthodontic solution, but also align with the personalities and lifestyles of our patients.

The actual type of treatment you require is determined by Dr. Pocock through extensive assessment and analysis. Then, within the treatment process, you will be offered every available option to personalize your appliances and help make your orthodontic process fit best with your life.

Treatment for Children

Dr. Pocock, the Canadian Association of Orthodontics and the American Association of Orthodontics recommend the first orthodontic screening should be performed by age seven to advise if orthodontic treatment is required. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by this age and cross bites, crowding and other problems can be evaluated accurately. In cases of under bite or “Bulldog” type bites, Dr. Pocock would like to have a first look by about 4–5yrs old. When treatment is initiated at an early age, we can actually guide the growth of the jaw as well as incoming permanent teeth.

Early treatment can change the width of the upper and lower dental arches; creating more space for permanent teeth and may avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions or reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth. It can correct thumb-sucking and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, Phase 1 treatment will simplify any necessary later treatment.

Dr. Pocock involves our young clients in their treatment in a variety of ways including encouraging them to customize their appliances by choosing the color or adding sparkles, our Smiles Rewards Program encourages responsibility for good oral hygiene and proper care of the appliances. Fun games and competitions all help kids to be part of the process and provide a sense of ownership over their treatment. We realize self esteem is vitally important to developing young people who don’t want to feel self conscious about their smile or appearance.

Children’s Appliances and Braces

Dr. Pocock understands that young children are very busy with many activities and school requirements so he designs his Phase 1 appliances to ensure the kids are set up for success. Apart from keeping their teeth clean and maybe wearing some elastic bands, most of their treatment will have little impact on their busy lives. This strategy leads to treatment success with reduced stress on the patient, the parents and Dr. Pocock’s Team! Phase 1 treatment usually takes 12 to 15 months, followed by night-time retainers until Phase 2.

Treatment for Teens

Teens these days have many more treatment options open to them than in the past. Dr. Pocock recognizes that young people do not want wear obtrusive appliances such as Head Gears! He has therefore devised treatment modalities that fit more comfortably into modern teen lifestyles.

Braces these days are very hi-tech, resulting in faster treatment times; reduced discomfort and longer intervals between appointments – simplifying life for Mom’s taxi! Dr. Pocock uses additional appliances that can be hidden inside the mouth to help with more complicated situations. This type of treatment usually takes 20-24 months.

Phase 2 Treatment: When Phase 1 treatment was completed, the final and usually easier part of the treatment can be completed as all the teeth have erupted. Treatment is usually completed in 12-15 months using hi-tech Innovation R Braces or Teen Invisalign® appliances.

Teen Invisalign®: A series of clear aligners are used to move your teeth gently to give you the smile you have always wanted. As Invisalign® technology improves, more complicated situations can be treated with this innovative technology. Dr. Pocock will be able to advise you whether you are a candidate for Teen Invisalign®.

Treatment for Adults

Over 4 million people in Canada and the US are having orthodontic treatment and the fastest growing age group is the adult population. Did you know that one in every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over the age of twenty one? Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age, and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful, confident smile.

Adults have various orthodontic treatment options available to them including braces and Invisalign®. In our experience, adult patients tend to favor Invisalign® (link to Invisalign section) as the invisibility provides minimal interference in your daily lifestyle and allows you to continue forward during treatment with comfort, convenience and confidence. Braces are another treatment option for adults and have a proven track record of effectively positioning the teeth correctly. We can use porcelain or tooth coloured braces which are much less noticeable than metal braces while working just as effectively.

Duration of Treatment

Treatment time typically ranges from one to three years, depending on the growth of the patient’s mouth and face and the severity of the problem. Patients grow at different rates and will respond differently to orthodontic treatment, so the time to case completion may differ from the original estimate. The patient’s diligent use of any prescribed rubber bands or headgear is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment. Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, may take as few as nine months and the average timeline is usually one to two years.

Surgical Orthodontics

In some situations, a person’s bite cannot be improved with orthodontics alone, or they may wish to make some changes to their facial and dental appearance. Dr. Pocock has lots of experience in surgical orthodontics and has treated many common surgical orthodontic cases, as well as some very complicated Cleft and Craniofacial cases at BC Children’s Hospital. He’s an assistant Clinical Professor at UBC Dental School and has lectured on various surgical/orthodontic techniques.

Surprisingly, the surgical component of these treatment plans is not as uncomfortable as most people expect. Many patients comment that it was no worse than having their wisdom teeth removed.

Pre-Prosthetic Orthodontics

There are cases which require the teeth and bite to be altered before your dentist or other dental specialist can give you the smile you desire. Once the teeth have been moved to their new position, your restorative treatment such as crowns, implants, veneers, bridges and other dental procedures can be performed. Dr. Pocock has performed many combined cases alongside his dental colleagues and can help design and coordinate your overall treatment plan.