Straighter Teeth - Greater Smile
We offer the latest advances in orthodontics including invisalign. Adults everywhere are learning that it’s never too late to go from good to great.
For most people, a beautiful and pleasing smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics. In addition to feeling more self-confident about your smile, well-aligned teeth are also easier to clean and maintain and, in some individuals, may help avoid problems such as abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, difficulties in chewing and/or speaking, and excess stress on supporting gums and bone tissues.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
Orthodontic appliances can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or they may be brackets bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to a corrected position.
Many options are available today to minimize the appearance of braces. New techniques and materials make modern appliances smaller, sleeker, less visible and more comfortable. Some initial adjustments will be necessary, but if you are like the vast majority of patients, you will adjust quickly.
This is a great time to wear braces! Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. You can choose brackets that are clear (ceramic) or metallic. You can choose the color of the ties that hold the wire in the brackets, or you can choose brackets with no elastic ties at all! Wires are also less noticeable than they used to be and the latest materials move teeth with less discomfort to patients.
Our orthodontist will be one member of your oral health team, all of whom are dedicated to helping you reach your optimum dental health. To attain your dental goals, your orthodontist will work with other oral health professionals to help you achieve the best esthetic and functional results possible for your gums, jaws, and teeth. This collaboration may involve your family dentist and/or specialists such as periodontists, oral surgeons, endodontists, and prosthodontists.
Duration of Treatment
The best time to start orthodontic treatment can vary for different individuals and depends on the stage of growth and development of the teeth and jaws. Healthy teeth in adults respond to orthodontic forces in the same manner as in younger individuals and orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age! It is estimated that adults make up one of every 4 to 5 patients having orthodontic treatment.
Once your orthodontist has determined that it is the ideal time to begin, treatment typically ranges from one to three years, depending on the severity of the problem. Diligent compliance with recommendations, such as the prescribed wear of rubber bands or appliances, is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment.
Our Orthodontist - Dr. Susan Tsang
Dr. Tsang was born and raised in Winnipeg and attained her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Manitoba with the University of Gold Medal for highest standing. Concurrently, she completed requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree. She then returned to the University of Manitoba to continue her studies in a post-graduate specialty program in Orthodontics and completed her Master of Science degree. As a certified Specialist in Orthodontics, Dr. Tsang is a fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.
Dr. Tsang also practices with the Winnipeg Orthodontic Group. She is a clinical instructor at the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Dentistry, where she teaches orthodontics to dental students and graduate orthodontic residents. She is currently serving as the Manitoba representative on the Board of the Canadian Association of Orthodontics.
In her spare time, she enjoys curling, running and spending time with friends and family.