Our Practice Philosophy
Most people think of straight teeth when they think about braces. What many do not realize is that orthodontics is a lot more than straight teeth. Creating facial balance and harmony between soft and hard tissue is an extremely important aspect of each treatment plan we create. While we do straighten teeth, we also consider the greater picture of treatment on the overall appearance of each individual patient.
What makes a smile created by Dr. Kanani so special?
- Building a beautiful smile with properly balanced facial aesthetics has always been our treatment philosophy.
- Our team dedicates our time and energy towards providing you with excellence in orthodontic care.
- We believe that excellence in orthodontics involves informed patients experiencing state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment in a warm, friendly environment.
- We foster an atmosphere that promotes creativity and staff achievement. Our strength is held in the success of our team as a whole. It is our team effort that maximizes the comfort of your treatment and the quality of your smile.
Our Treatment Philosophy
Early Treatment: The Best Time to Begin Orthodontics
Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. To provide the best possible treatment at the most ideal age, both the Canadian Association of Orthodontists and the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age seven. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
The Benefits of Early Orthodontic Evaluations
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, which can prevent serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, we carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
Age Seven – the Optimal Time for Screening
By the age of seven, the first adult molars erupt and establish the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding, or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the opportunity to create an incredible smile.
The Advantages of Interceptive Treatment
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are creating room for crowded, erupting teeth, creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth, reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth, preserving space for unerupted teeth, reducing the need for tooth removal, reducing treatment time with braces, and minimizing or avoiding tooth extractions or jaw surgery at a later date.
If significant problems are noted at an earlier age, a Two-Phase treatment plan may be recommended. The tissues that house and surround the teeth are easily modified at this age because of their rapid growth. We also find that our patients are more accepting of treatment at this age and usually we are able to make this process a fun one. Treatment at this age is called Phase-One treatment and usually takes 12 months. Once all the adult teeth have erupted, we consider proceeding with the final phase of treatment. This is called Phase-Two and usually involves full braces for 12 months. The advantage of doing treatment in two phases is to correct major jaw growth and crowding problems at earlier age to prevent tooth extractions and potential jaw surgery at a later age.
Braces aren’t just for kids anymore. Teeth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy. We offer a variety of treatments that are designed for different age groups, including adults. A large percentage of our patients are adults and they all agree that it’s never too late to improve your greatest asset - your smile.
Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, even headaches and sometimes TMJ/TMD pain.
The good news is that new techniques and appliances greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits, shorten treatment time, and may allow you to choose from several aesthetic options. Your options may include our miniaturized, ultra-precision In-Ovation® braces, translucent cosmetic invisible braces, and even clear aligners like Invisalign®.
During your initial examination, we will be able to discuss all your potential treatment options. A full set of diagnostic records will be taken at a subsequent visit in order to determine the best possible treatment for your individual needs. At a follow-up visit we will discuss your treatment plan, the anticipated length of treatment, and estimated fees.
Age is no barrier to orthodontic treatment if the teeth and supporting structures are reasonably healthy. The age range of patients we treat spans from babies as young as seven days old (usually with cleft palates) to mature clients in their 6th and 7th decades.
We Love Referrals!
We appreciate the confidence you show us by referring your family and friends to us for orthodontic treatment. We will do everything we can to live up to that trust.
While we receive referrals from general dentists, we also see patients who have an orthodontic concern, and they come directly to us for advice. We always communicate those concerns to their dentist and work together with their dentist to give them a great smile.