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Common Orthodontic Misconceptions

January 15th, 2019

When you think of a person wearing braces, the first image that likely pops into your head is an awkward middle-school child with a mouth full of metal brackets and rubber bands...The vast majority of our patients don’t fit that stereotype, however.

We have patients of all ages who take advantage of a broad variety of orthodontic treatments. There are many misconceptions about orthodontics, so we’d like to put a few of them to rest.

  1. Orthodontic treatment is just for kids - Wrong!
    Although teenagers often visit our office to get braces, adults represent a growing proportion of our orthodontic patients. Whether you’re eight or 80, a no cost consultation with Dr. Morra can identify problems with your teeth, jaws, or bite that can be corrected by orthodontics.
  2. Traditional metal braces are my only option - Wrong!
    Advances in orthodontic technology have come up with improved braces and other orthodontic appliances that are much less noticeable than the braces of yesteryear. Aesthetic orthodontic treatments, such as clear aligners, clear braces and more are available to you.
  3. Orthodontic treatment is only helpful for crooked teeth - Wrong!
    Sure, a crooked smile is a common reason for patients to seek orthodontic care. But orthodontic interventions can help with a range of dental health problems. From missing teeth to overbites and jaw misalignment, we can help with many problems related to your teeth, gums, and jaws. Straight teeth are also easier to keep clean, so there’s less risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
  4. Orthodontic treatment is too expensive - Wrong again!
    As with any medical procedure, orthodontics can be pricey. However, our team works with patients to identify payment plans, insurance coverage, and affordable down payments that make it easy to get started.

Don’t let preconceived ideas about braces deter you from getting the orthodontic care you need!

How to manage the cost of braces

October 15th, 2018

So you or a family member need braces. You’ve just found out or you had an inkling all along – your bite is uncomfortable, or you don’t like to show your teeth when you smile because they just don’t look the way you would like them to. What can you do to make the cost more manageable?

First, don’t worry. Many Canadians just like you have dealt with the same concerns. Here are some things to remember when you’re facing the costs that come with a beautiful smile.

Ask your orthodontist about your payment options.

As with any new venture, it’s important to educate yourself. Many people have health insurance benefits through work that will cover a portion of the costs. You should find out the following information from your insurance carrier: Who is covered and until what age, the percentage of the coverage, and the total value of the coverage.  Many insurance carriers may allow you to increase the orthodontic option. If both parents have coverage you will be able to apply to both plans.  Just remember to contact your insurance company and have them fully explain your orthodontic coverage to you. This can substantially reduce your out of pocket costs. We can also check on your orthodontic coverage when you come in for a consultation.

Then, it’s a matter of covering the difference on your own. Every orthodontic office will have a variety of payment options that will make this easier for you or your family. All you need to do is discuss this with office and you can design a fee schedule that works for you.

Every patient and family should request an official tax receipt for any treatment fees that were not covered by insurance. Currently the CRA permit these fees to be included under medical expenses on your tax form.

Plan.

If you think you’re going to have to pay for a large chunk of your orthodontic care, planning for the cost in advance can be a lifesaver when the time comes. Just like you’d plan for your home renovation cost, plan for the scenario that you or your child needs braces. Here at Dream Orthodontics we can also work with you to make a payment schedule that works for you and your family.

Understand all the treatment options and costs presented by your orthodontist.

Every orthodontic office understands the concern families have regarding the cost of orthodontic treatment, particularly if there are multiple members of the family who need treatment. Not everyone can pay for braces overnight. With that in mind, talk to your orthodontist and see what they’re willing to do to in terms of planning for costs and managing your expectations. They want to see you end up with a healthy, happy smile, and are often willing to provide payment options to meet you where you are.

Choosing the Right Type of Toothpaste Tips

October 5th, 2018

The typical pharmacy or grocery store has an entire aisle filled with oral care products including a dizzying array of toothpastes that come in all types of variations and flavors making choosing the right type difficult to do. Here are some toothpaste shopping tips designed to make it easier to select the right type of toothpaste for you and your family.

The Basic Facts about Different Toothpaste Types

Generally speaking, toothpaste is available in paste, gel and powdered form. Even though these toothpastes are different, they do share some common ingredients including:

  • Abrasive agents – Abrasive agents such as calcium carbonate and silicates are put into toothpaste to help remove food, bacteria and some stains from your teeth.
  • Flavorings – It is common for toothpastes to include flavoring to make them taste better. These flavorings typically consist of artificial sweeteners including saccharin that come in a variety of flavors ranging from bubble-gum flavors for kids to fruit flavors and different types of mint.
  • Fluoride – Fluoride is one of the most important ingredients to look for when choosing a toothpaste. It is a naturally occurring mineral that protects the teeth from tooth decay. Fluoride not only makes the enamel on teeth stronger to ward off acid damage, but it also re-mineralizes areas on the teeth that have started to decay. Especially important as the water in the lower mainland is not fluoridated.

Look for CDA-Approved Toothpaste

A good rule of thumb is to buy toothpaste that carries the Canadian Dental Association’s seal of approval. This signifies that the toothpaste is safe and effective to use.

Special Toothpastes

There are several types of special toothpastes on the market including:

  • Toothpastes for Sensitive Teeth – This type of toothpaste is designed for people who have sensitive teeth. For instance, if your teeth are sensitive to heat or cold, this toothpaste decreases tooth sensitivity by blocking pathways through the teeth that attach to nerves inside the teeth.
  • Whitening Toothpaste – Whitening toothpastes are designed to remove stains and discoloration from the surface of the teeth to make the teeth whiter in appearance. Instead of containing bleach, whitening toothpastes contain abrasive particles or chemicals that help remove stains.
  • Tartar Control Toothpaste – Tartar control toothpastes are designed to loosen and remove harmful plaque from the teeth. If plaque is left on the teeth, it hardens into tartar, which is a very difficult-to-remove deposit that builds up on the teeth and under the gum line, which eventually leads to gum disease. Tartar control toothpastes contain chemical compounds such as phosphates and zinc citrate that work to remove plaque before it has a chance to develop into tartar.

 In the end, if you cannot decide what type of toothpaste to buy, consult with your family dentist or orthodontist. Your dentist or orthodontist can help you choose the right type of toothpaste to buy based on your overall oral health and special needs.

October Office Contest

October 5th, 2018

Check out our latest office contest the next time you are in!

All you need to do is enter your name in the draw!

You can win a gift card to Toys R' Us!!!!

Contest ends October 31st

 

Do Braces Hurt?

June 27th, 2018

If you’re about to get braces, you may wonder what it’s going to feel like with appliances on your teeth and you may even be worried that your braces will hurt. Below is a quick guide that can answer your questions and help you feel as comfortable as possible on your first day with braces on your teeth.

You Can Expect Soreness on the First Day You Wear Braces

While you won’t feel any pain while Dr. Morra places the braces on your teeth, you will most likely have some discomfort and soreness afterwards. This discomfort can last for around 3-7 days but it is discomfort that’s tolerable for most. Many people say that it’s more annoying than painful to get used to having braces on their teeth. Some patients may need Tylenol or Advil every four hours or less as needed.

The most discomfort you will feel will begin the first night you have braces put on and will also occur when you’re eating. This is why you should only eat soft foods for the first few days as your teeth and the tissues surrounding them adjust to the pressure being placed on your teeth. Good food choices to make include dishes like:

• Mashed or boiled potatoes

• Scrambled eggs

• Soft breads

• Soft cheeses

• Smoothies

• Applesauce

• Yogurt

Dealing with Sore Spots

Sometimes when first getting braces, patients complain of sore spots on the inside of their cheeks where the brackets and wires are causing irritation. If you develop any sore areas, follow these steps:

• Use the orthodontic wax Dr. Morra gave you

• Take a bit of the wax, warm it in your fingers and form a small ball

• Then place the wax over the wire or bracket that’s causing the irritation

• Avoid drinking beverages containing high levels of irritating acid like fruit juice

• Rinse with warm salt water to help heal the sore irritated spots

Give us a call at the office if you have any concerns about your current treatment.....or to begin your treatment and we look forward to having you as a patient when you are ready to start your braces journey!

Orthodontic and Oral Health resolutions for the New Year!

January 4th, 2018

 

The start of a new year is usually accompanied by a flurry of healthy resolutions. Here are some ideas for orthodontic and oral health resolutions that you might want to include in your list for 2018, from Dream Orthodontics.

Oral Health Resolution #1: Practice excellent oral hygiene every day
Of course this one is important whether you wear braces or not, but because braces create places where food remnants and bacteria can get trapped, you will need to pay special attention if you are in treatment. When food and bacteria remain in your mouth, they can cause gingivitis, calculus buildup, and cavities. In more extreme cases, failing to clean your teeth well with braces can lead to demineralization of your teeth. So, start by selecting a flossing tool:

At Dream Orthodontics we recommend Water Picks or Sonicare electric tooth brushes to get the best results. Interdental brush and floss threaders are also effective if you are wearing braces. While regular waxed floss is a little more complicated, it is the cheapest option and, if you learn to thread it between each bracket and wire, can do the job just as well as the other options.
Take your time while brushing: To ensure that your teeth gum, wires and brackets are properly cleaned, you will need to take a little more time than when you were wireless. Make sure you brush the back, front, top and bottom of each tooth, getting close to the gum line and brushing all of your chewing surfaces too.

Oral Health Resolution #2: Schedule your regular dental hygiene visits for the entire year
While you are undergoing treatment with us, you need to make sure that your dentist and hygienist see you for your twice yearly hygiene visits too. Occasionally you may need to have an extra cleaning, depending on your oral hygiene circumstances Some dentists require you to have your wires removed for these appointments. No problem. Schedule an appointment immediately before and after your dentist visit, with our office, and we will remove and replace them in no time. This takes some coordination however, so be sure to contact us well in advance.

Oral Health Resolution #3: Protect your smile by wearing your retainer every day in 2018
Your retainer is critical to ensuring the longevity of your smile, and you’ll need to wear it every day to make sure it’s effective. If you’ve recently had your braces removed or are getting them off next year, resolve to wear your retainer as much as prescribed by Dr. Morra.

Oral Health Resolution #4: Cut down on sugar and drink more water
If there’s one simple thing you can do to improve the health of your teeth, it’s cutting down on sugar and soft drinks. Sugar interacts with bacteria in the mouth to form acids that eat away at tooth enamel, which can cause decay. Cutting back on sugar will not only benefit your teeth, but your overall health in general.
Did you know that the role of saliva is to keep your mouth clean, and that drinking water helps encourage saliva production? Water will also help flush pieces of food from your braces.

Oral Health Resolution #5: Keep all of your appointments at Dream Orthodontics
Being on time and keeping your appointments will help keep your treatment plan on track. Your smile will thank you!

Wishing you all a healthy New Year!

Guess How Many Snow Balls

November 20th, 2017

 

Check out our latest office contest the next time you are in.
Can you guess how many cotton balls are in the jar? You can win a family pass to Sky Zone Trampoline Park. Contest ends December 20th.

October Is National Orthodontic Month

October 5th, 2017

Summer flew by this year, as usual, and now we're quickly diving into Fall! The trees are starting to turn those beautiful autumn colours and everywhere you go people are starting to get into the Thanksgiving and Halloween spirit.

October is recognized in Canada and the U.S. as National Orthodontic Month. This month we celebrate your beautiful , healthy smile, the biggest benefit of your orthodontic treatment! With Halloween at the end of the month, October also provides us the opportunity to raise awareness regarding orthodontic care, which plays as important role in dental health and overall physical health. Good oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment helps your teeth respond better to the gentle force from orthodontic wires, whereas braces that are covered in sticky candy or plaque make it much more difficult for teeth to move, as it causes increased inflammation on the gums.

The most obvious concern of Halloween are the treats. Here is a list, as a reminder, of what to avoid so you don't do damage or pull off a bracket or wire:

  • Super chewy candy, like taffy and caramels
  • Beef Jerky and other leathery food treats
  • Licorice
  • Bubble gum
  • Jelly beans
  • Hard candies like candy canes and lollipops
  • Popcorn and nuts

Don't worry, we aren't here just to tell you what not to eat! We understand that Halloween is an exciting time to dress up and celebrate with friends and family- and of course, delicious treats. Here are some recommendations  of orthodontic friendly treats:

  • Soft, melt in your mouth chocolates
  • Peanut butter cups
  • Milk shakes
  • Jello
  • Pudding
  • Peeled, thinly slices apples (don't bite off with your front teeth)
  • Ice cream

Here are a couple of braces friendly recipes to try!

Pumpkin Cookie Pops

Pumpkin shaped cookies on a stick are a nice change from the usual cookie
treat.
Ingredients:
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup canned or fresh cooked pumpkin
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt
20 wooden sticks (tongue depressors or Popsicle sticks work best)
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer beat the butter, brown sugar and orange zest. Add the
pumpkin, egg yolk and vanilla, and blend.
3. Gradually add the flour and spices. Mix with your hands to create a soft dough. Wrap in plastic and
refrigerate for 30 minutes.
4. Divide dough into two portions. Roll out each piece to 1/4-inch thickness on a floured surface. Cut into
pumpkin shapes with cookie cutters.
5. Place on ungreased baking sheet and securely insert a wooden stick into the bottom half of each
pumpkin cookie.
6. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Decorate with your favorite frosting and Halloween décor.

 

Frightful Finger Cookies

Ingredients:
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup almond slices
1 tube red decorating gel
1 tube green food coloring
Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Beat together butter, sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla. Slowly beat in the flour, baking powder and salt. Add drops of green food coloring to dough until you achieve a nice deep green color.
Divide the dough into four equal parts, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.. Take one quarter of the dough at a time from the refrigerator. Break off one heaping teaspoonful and roll it into a finger shape. Squeeze in around the middle of the finger to create a knuckle shape. Then, using a butter knife, make indents in several places to resemble a finger. Repeat with rest of dough.
Place cookies on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes - let cool. Then, squeeze red decorating gel onto the tip of each finger and gently press an almond sliver on top so the gel oozes out from underneath.
Remove cookies from baking sheets and let them cool on wire racks. Then serve and enjoy!

 

We want all or patients to have a fun and safe October and  please remember to brush and floss your teeth really well after all the treats!

 

Back to School Contest

September 6th, 2017

Guess how many crayons are in the jar to win a $50 Guildford Mall gift card! Stop into the office to enter to win! Contest ends September 28th,2017.

Importance of Lifetime Retainer Wear

July 26th, 2017

When you finish your orthodontic treatment, you are excited to be free of the appliances you've had to put up with. Brackets, wires, elastics, aligners and so on. However while it is certainly important to revel in the freedom of your new smile, equally important is taking the necessary action to retain it. And that comes down to one word- retainers.

After completing orthodontic treatment under the care of Dr Amani Morra at Dream Orthodontics, you will be prescribed a retainer that will be custom made to fit your smile. Your orthodontist will give you instructions for how and when to wear this retainer, characterizing it as your "retention phase" of treatment. This phase will last about 12 months. While that is the prescribed time for the phase, it is truly recommended that you continue wearing your retainer past that time. Maybe not with the same prescribed consistency your orthodontist initially provided, but at lease with some regularity.

Ongoing Shifts
Even if you've had the best orthodontic treatment possible, over time your teeth will start to shift toward their original positions. This is because your gum fiber will slowly , but consistently try and pull your teeth back to where they once were. Additionally, as you age your facial skeletal structure changes, and your teeth experience natural wear. As a result, the perfectly straight smile you leave the orthodontist with could become unstraightened over time, your teeth becoming a victim to a relapse.

Shifting & Retention Case Study
The University of Washington conducted a case study in which former orthodontic patients were studied for 10-20 years after completing their orthodontic treatment. The results- without fail, no matter what type orthodontic treatment the patients originally underwent ( braces, Invisalign, etc) they all experiences an orthodontic relapse. In other words, their teeth moved. And how straight their smiles remained was directly related to their retainer wear.

When to Wear
While your orthodontist may prescribe consistent retainer wear for the official retention phase of orthodontic treatment, past that we recommend wearing your retainer at night as often as possible for as long as possible. This will make the difference in preserving your straight smile for the future.

Types of Retainers
Dream Orthodontics offers different types of retainers to meet your smile retention needs, including:
-Clear Tray Retainers (Essix Retainer)
-Plastic & Wire Retainers (Hawley Retainer)
-Permanent Bonded Retainers

Take Dr Morra with you on your summer Vacation!

June 26th, 2017

Next time you are in the office, or stop in to pick up a photo of Dr Morra. Take her on your summer vacation with you! Take a selfie with Dr Morra on your adventures and email them to info@dreamorthodontics.com and you will be entered into our summer contest to win a family pass for 4 to the new Big Splash Water Slide Park in Delta.

What's The Best Age For Braces?

May 24th, 2017

A question parents frequently ask is "When should my child get braces?" Often the answer isn't simple. Two equally qualified orthodontists will likely give you a different answer. To complicate matters more, they may differ on their treatment plans as well. So why this disparity? What should you do? While there is no "perfect age" for braces, there are some factors to help determine when your child is an ideal candidate for them.

Orthodontic Screening

The first thing you should do is book an evaluation with your orthodontist. Orthodontists specialize in diagnosing and correcting problems with the teeth and face, and will be able to assess whether your child needs braces.
The Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends children should be evaluated by the time they are age 7. However, some circumstances may require earlier intervention, such as:
-Excessive overcrowding of teeth
-Open bites: when the upper and lower front teeth fail to meet
-Overbites: when the upper teeth protrude past the lower teeth
-Underbites: when the lower teeth protrude past the upper teeth
-Crossbites: when the upper and lower jaw fail to line up

Phase I and Phase II Treatment

The phase I treatment (also know as early intervention treatment) starts before all the permanent teeth have grown in (often when the child is 6 to 10 years old). This treatment is usually recommended to make more space for the developing teeth and correct oral problems, such as overbites and cross bites. Phase I treatment often involves limited dental hardware, such as expanders and partial braces.
Phase II treatment (also known as comprehensive treatment) begins when the child is older (age 11 to 13) and when all their permanent teeth have grown in. This treatment usually involves full braces.
Whether your child will need phase I or II treatment  will depend on the state of their teeth and if the orthodontist feels earlier intervention is required.

Why early examinations are beneficial


Having your children examined earlier (before age 7) has numerous benefits, including:
-Long-term treatment can be properly determined
-Oral problems can be identified earlier
-Teeth can be more easily guided for braces, reducing the time they have to be worn

Talk to your orthodontist and together you can come up with the best treatment plan for your child. Braces not only help straighten teeth, they also enhance your child's self confidence by improving their smile. At Dream Orthodontics, Dr Morra is qualified and experienced to help you determine when your child is ready for braces. Please contact our office for a free consultation. 604-542-8552.

Father's Day Contest

May 23rd, 2017

Tell us the best thing your have done with your Dad to win him a BBQ gift basket for Fathers Day! Enter in the office, contest ends June 13th.

Leave us a Google review to win!

May 4th, 2017

Leave our office a Google review and you will be entered into our monthly draw of a $50 Cactus Club gift card.

Refer a Friend to Win!

May 4th, 2017

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Teeth Problems to Watch for in Children aged 6 to 8 years old.

April 18th, 2017

According to both the Canadian and American Association of Orthodontists,7 is the recommended age children should see an Orthodontist to be evaluated. If any of these problems are present, it may be time to schedule your child for an orthodontic evaluation. You may be able to make orthodontic treatment last shorter and less complicated with an early evaluation. Call our office for a complimentary consultation 604-542-8552.

Mothers Day Contest

April 13th, 2017

Stop by our office to enter our Mother's Day Contest
Write a poem about your Mom and you could win a Pandora Mothers Day Gift set for your mom!

Your First Few Days with Braces

March 21st, 2017

Your first few days with braces will feel rather odd, awkward, and even painful. The day you get your braces you will probably just feel weird, like you have something in your mouth – because you do. You are most likely to feel pain and soreness during the second and third days. After that, you should be fine. If you experience any pain with your braces, there are a few things you can do to get some relief.

Home Remedies

Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water will soothe it and promote healing. Rinse several times a day or when your mouth, particularly mouth sores, are hurting. You can also take some Tylenol or Ibuprofen every four hours.

You can also eat cold foods like ice cream or yogurt. The cold of the food will help dull the pain. Ice packs applied to your mouth help as well. You can also swish ice water around your mouth, but DO NOT eat ice! Chewing on ice could cause something to break.

Cool Products

Products for canker sores can be applied to the mouth sores you develop from your braces. There are also various rinses you can use that act as a shield or barrier in your mouth, and protect your mouth sores from further irritation.

Dr. Morra and our team may have given you some dental wax to put on the abrasive areas of your braces to protect your mouth. Putting dental wax on the brackets creates a barrier that keeps your mouth from getting scraped and sore.

The pain won’t last forever. One day you will wake up and you won’t have any pain. In fact, you probably won’t even notice the braces in your mouth at all!

10 THINGS PARENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT INVISALIGN TEEN

March 1st, 2017

1. WHAT IS INVISALIGN TEEN?
Invisalign Teen is the virtually invisable way to straighten your teen's teeth without the restrictions that come with metal braces. Rather than wires and brackets, Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners that have been custom-made for your teen's teeth. Your teen simply wears them over their teeth and changes them out for a new set of aligners every two weeks. Little by little, your teen's teeth gradually shift into place, achieving that confident smile.

2. IS INVISALIGN AS EFFECTIVE AS TRADITIONAL BRACES?
Yes. When worn according to the recommendations of an experienced Invisalign-trained orthodontist, Invisalign Teen can be as effective as traditional braces for the most common teeth-straightening issues. Invisalign can effectively treat mild to severe cases, including underbite, overbite, overcrowding and gaps between teeth. The chances are very high your teen will be a great candidate for Invisalign.

3. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PRACTICAL ADVANTAGES OF INVISALIGN TEEN OVER TRADITIONAL BRACES?
If you've had braces yourself, you already know the issues associated with metal wires and brackets. With Invisalign, the aligners are removable, so your teen can play sports without worry of being hit in the mouth by a ball, which can cause real damage in braces. They can also continue playing musical instruments properly, without braces getting in the way. With braces, there is a long list of foods your teen shouldn't eat, from popcorn to apples and raw carrots. With Invisalign, there are no such restrictions. The removable aligners make it easy to brush and floss normally to maintain proper oral hygiene.

4. ARE THERE ANY EMOTIONAL CONCERN TO CONSIDER?

Research shows that moms underestimate the extent to which teens feel self-conscious about crooked teeth, and using braces as a solution can often make this lack of confidence even worse. But with Invisalign Teen, no one needs to know your teen is straightening their teeth, removing a potential source of real anxiety for them and giving them the confidence to be themselves in front of everyone.

5. WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR INVISALIGN TEEN?
Invisalign can be used for teens who have erupting or erupted permanent dentition-this includes most teenagers. A trained Invisalign orthodontist should evaluate your teen's specific dental issues to determine candidacy.

6. HOW LONG DOES INVISALIGN TEEN TREATMENT TAKE?
The average treatment time is about the same as traditional braces, but the actual length of your teen's treatment depends on the severity of their condition and can only be determined by your orthodontist.

7.HOW MUCH DOES INVISALIGN COST?
Invisalign Teen costs about the same as traditional braces. Costs for orthodontic treatment can vary with geography and with the complexity of treatment- see an Invisalign-trained orthodontist for full details. Also, check your dental insurance plan-orthodontic treatment with Invisalign Teen is covered by many dental insurance policies. Many orthodontist can offer flexible and affordable monthly payment plans as well.

8.DOES MY TEEN HAVE TO WEAR INVISALIGN ALL THE TIME?
Invisalign Teen is most effective when worn 20 to 22 hours per day and changed every two weeks. Clinical study data show that teens wear their aligners on average for just under 21 hours per day, exactly as recommended. Plus, Invisalign Teen has a built-in assurance check; each aligner has blue indicators that fade over time when used as directed, so the orthodontist can track compliance.

9. WHAT HAPPENS IS AN ALIGNER GETS LOST?
Not to worry-Invisalign Teen offers six replacement aligners for free! In the event that an aligner is lost, you should inform your orthodontist right away.

10. HOW MUCH TIME WILL BE SPENT VISITING THE ORTHODONTIST?
Invisalign Teen often requires less time with your orthodontist than traditional braces do. There are no adjustments to make, no broken wires to fix. After the initial appointment, follow-up appointments are usually scheduled for every 8-10 weeks.

Call Dream Orthodontics for a free consultation to find out if Invisalign Teen is right for your teen! 604-542-8552

February 9th, 2017

Can you guess how many Hershey kisses in the jar? You can win a pair of tickets to see the Vancouver Canucks in action on February 28th, 2017. Stop into the office to enter your guess.

Can Orthodontics Improve Speech Disorders?

February 8th, 2017


Speech Disorders...Did you know that the alignment of your teeth can affect your speech? One of the first things people notice about you is your smile and how we communicate when talking. If you have issues speaking clearly, orthodontics can help!
Lisping, whistling or slurring, and mispronunciation of words with "s" and "t" are the most common offenders. Proper diagnosis and correction during a patient's developmental years, by an orthodontist makes it much easier to correct the tooth and / or jaw problems associated with poor speech habits. The Canadian Association of Orthodontist recommends that all children be evaluated by an orthodontist by the age of 7.

Common Causes of Many Speech Impediments?
An overjet (buck teeth) or openbite, or crossbite are the most common causes of speech impediments. Teeth must come together properly to create and air tight seal for the tongue to swallow properly in the roof of the mouth. If there is an opening which is often found in overjets, and openbites, the tongue creates the seal instead and results in a speech issue when communicating. If there is not enough room for the tongue which is often found with crossbites or underbites, speech is affected.

Why Choose an Orthodontist to Correct Speech Disorders?
Orthodontics is the treatment of irregularities of the teeth and jaws by a trained dental specialist with 2-3 years additional training after receiving their dental degree. General Dentistry is a broad medical specialty that deals with the teeth, gums, nerves, and jaw, while orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on correcting bites, occlusion, jaw development, and the straightness of teeth.
One important difference is that all orthodontist like Dr. Amani Morra are dentists, but not all dentists are licensed orthodontist. Understanding the complexities of proper tooth movement and jaw growth allows an orthodontist to drastically improve or eliminate speech problems in patients of all ages.
Children after the ages of 10 are more significantly affected by language impairment resulting in low self esteem and poor self image than the children with no speech impediments. If you or your child is suffering from a speech disorder contact Dream Orthodontics in South Surrey today to schedule a complimentary consultation. We will help you determine the cause of the speech problem and offer the best treatment options available to improve the problem at hand.

Refer a Friend to Our Office and You are Entered to Win Vancouver Canucks Tickets

February 6th, 2017

Refer a friend to our office and you will be entered into our monthly draw to win a pair of tickets to see the Vancouver Canucks in action!

What foods You Can And Cannot Eat With Your Braces

January 19th, 2017

Although sturdy, stable and advanced, braces are orthodontic appliances that you need to treat with care. That means eating foods that are gentle on the brackets and wires that hold your braces together and in place. Generally, avoid all foods that are sticky, hard, or chewy. Soft foods are most recommended for those who wear braces because they are simply easier on your mouth hardware.

Read our list of foods to avoid as well as recommended foods for braces wearers below.

Foods to Avoid When Wearing Braces
Popcorn
Nuts
Hard taco shells
Sticky and hard candy
Gum
Ice
Corn chips
Pretzels
Hard cookies or crackers
Sticky or hard chocolate

Also avoid biting into hard foods with your front teeth. Cut or break up hard foods such as:

Raw vegetables
Croutons
French/Italian bread
Fruit
Hard rolls
Thin crust pizza
Meat
Burgers
Sub sandwiches
Corn on the cob

Recommended Foods When Wearing Braces
Hulless popcorn
Bananas
Yogurt
Light crackers or cookies
Cheese
Mashed potatoes
Melons
Grapes
Peanut butter and jelly
Ravioli, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, and other noodle dishes

Maintaining a healthy, nutritious diet is important for everyone’s teeth and overall health. The healthier you are, the better the results of your orthodontic treatment because a proper diet provides all the essential nutrients to bones and tissues undergoing change.

Soft Meal and Snack Ideas for Kids with Braces

January 12th, 2017

After getting braces on it is normal to have sore teeth for several days after. By carefully choosing the foods you eat and by taking good care of your mouth, teeth and gums you can usually make eating easier. Here are some suggestions that may help:
Try soft foods that are easy to chew and swallow such as:

Drinks:

-milkshakes
-smoothies

Meals:

-Shepherds pie
-mashed potato
-noodles
-pureed or mashed vegetables, such as peas and carrots
-seafood including tuna, salmon, cod and crab cakes
-soup
-lentils
-rice
-couscous
-quinoa

Snacks:

-bananas and other soft fruits
-apple sauce
-watermelon
-yogurt
-custards
-mashed avocado/guacomole
-puddings
-scrambled eggs
-ice cream
-oatmeal or other cooked cereals
-jelly

Other Eating Suggestions:

-cook foods until they are soft and tender
-cut foods into small pieces
-use a blender or food processor to puree your food
-mix food with butter, margarine, thin gravy, or sauce to make it easier to swallow
-use a straw to drink liquids
-use a smaller than usual spoon, such as a baby spoon
-try foods cold or at room temperature. Hot foods can irritate a tender mouth

New Year Resolution Contest

January 4th, 2017

What is your New Year resolution? Stop by the office or post on Facebook to enter our contest to win a family pass for 4 to Grandview Aquatic Centre. Contest ends January 31, 2017.

Holiday Food Drive

November 22nd, 2016

Bring a food bank donation into the office and receive 10 rewards card points!

Name our Elf on the Shelf to win Canucks tickets

November 22nd, 2016

Orthodontics Has Come a Long Way

November 3rd, 2016

Orthodontics evolution, for you history buffs, did you know that archaeologists found crooked teeth in human remains dating back 50,000 years. Like days of old, the aesthetics of teeth through time has always been the primary concern when it comes to our smiles.

Ancient Times

While very crude in nature to orthodontic treatment today, Egyptian mummies were found with metal bands around their teeth and archaeologists believe they used cat gut to tie the bands together to move them. Primitive orthodontic appliances were also found with early Greek and Roman artifacts.

16th to 18th Centuries

In the 16th century, progress was made. Dentists were called "operators for the teeth" and used waxed impressions. Plaster of Paris impressions were in regular use in Paris in 1756. Malocclusions or bad bites were called "irregularities" and tooth movement called "regulating".

In the 18th Century, France was the leader in the field of dentistry. Pierre Fauchard has been called the "Father of Modern Orthodontia". He was the first to give orthodontics a scientific foundation. Above is a drawing of Fauchard Braces. At that time, little attention was paid to bite function and only placed on the upper teeth. Treatment was reserved for the wealthy since it was so expensive.

19th Century

In 1822, J.S. Gunnell invented a form of headgear that fastens to the jaw from the outside of the mouth to exert gentle pressure on the teeth. In 1840, Chapin A. Harris published the first classic book on dentistry, "The Dental Art", discussing soldering knobs on bands (brackets) to assist with tooth rotation, and applying gold caps to molars (molar bands) to open the bite. When Charles Goodyear invented vulcanized rubber in 1839, in 1846 E.G. Tucker became the first American dentist to use rubber bands in orthodontic appliances.

Dr. Edward Angle, also called the Father of Modern Orthodontics, identified the true relationship of the malocclusion (bad bite and misaligned teeth) and offered scientific solutions with effective orthodontic appliances beginning in 1880.

Today in the 21st Century

Prior to the 1970s, orthodontists wrapped metal bands around each individual tooth and each band was connected by a wire and slowly moved into position. The invention of dental adhesives allowed them to bond the brackets to teeth surfaces. Meanwhile, stainless steel replaced gold and silver as the most popular choice for wires due to its ability to manipulate, reducing the cost of braces significantly. Lingual braces, which run along teeth's inside surfaces instead of outside, were also first introduced in the 1970's.

In the 90's, special heat-activated, nickel-titanium metal discovered by NASA in the 60's became available and has been instrumental in the fabrication of arch wires which move teeth faster, with less discomfort, and requires fewer adjustments. Treatment that once took 4-6 years now can be completed in two years of less.

Invisible Braces

In 1997, Invisalign, a transparent , removable aligner was invented by Zia Chishti. Instead of upper and lower braces attached to each tooth and highly visible, a series of clear aligners are worn in succession to move teeth. The aligners are fabricated using a 3D computer technology based on patient impressions or a digital computer scan. Unlike regular braces, Invisalign can be removed for eating and brushing and are not easily detected when worn, making it a great solution for teens and adults self-conscious about wearing braces.

Orthodontics Has Come a Long Way

In the past, orthodontics was reserved for the wealthy or patients with extreme deformities of the teeth and jaws. Today, orthodontics is considered a routine dental procedure that most kids, teens, consider a rite of passage and many adults undergo to create a beautiful smiles and improve dental health and self-esteem.

If you or someone in your family is considering orthodontic treatment contact Dream Orthodontics at 604-542-8552 for a complimentary evaluation. At Dream Orthodontics we offer the latest in leading edge orthodontic treatment to help you create the beautiful smile we all deserve.

Invisalign Special Event

October 12th, 2016

Join us for a Pre-Christmas evening of fun, refreshments and great giveaways!
The first 10 patients that start treatment with us will receive a free iPad mini!

INVISALIGN FOR ADULTS & TEENS

October 12th, 2016

Choosing to straighten your teeth is a big decision that affects not only your appearance, but your lifestyle as well. As an adult, you may be looking to improve your smile for business and social reasons, or even for a special occasion like your wedding day. Or perhaps you're a teen or the parent of a teen looking for an effective yet modern-day solution. Either way, Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® can provide a simple way to accomplish this without having to put your life on hold. Take a moment to learn more about the entire Invisalign treatment process and how it can help you.
ADULTS

You've probably wanted to have straighter teeth for a while, but at this stage in your adult life, metal braces are not a choice you are willing to consider. Invisalign® offers you the convenience and flexibility to live life without the hassle associated with other types of treatment. From the moment you start Invisalign treatment, you'll enjoy a better smile every day.
THE CLEAR ALTERNATIVE TO ADULT BRACES

Invisalign aligners are made of a virtually invisible plastic. In fact, you’ll be surprised to find out how many people won’t even notice you’re going through treatment. That means not having to feel self-conscious about how you look. One thing people may notice, however, is that you’re starting to smile a whole lot more.
LIVE LIFE THE WAY YOU WANT
With Invisalign smooth, comfortable aligners, there are no irritating brackets or wires to worry about and no food restrictions that will change your eating habits. Plus with fewer doctor visits, Invisalign fits conveniently into your busy lifestyle.
MAINTAIN ORAL HYGIENE
Invisalign treatment not only straightens your teeth, it allows you to continue to brush and floss as normal since the aligners are removable. As you know, having straight teeth can not only affect your oral health, it can impact your professional and social life as well.
TEENS

Let’s face it. With school, sports, dating, and hanging out with friends, getting metal braces is not at the top of your list of favorite things to do. Guess what? With Invisalign Teen®, you can straighten your teeth without metal wires and brackets getting in the way. You’re free to enjoy the things that make these the best times of your life.

TEENS

Let’s face it. With school, sports, dating, and hanging out with friends, getting metal braces is not at the top of your list of favorite things to do. Guess what? With Invisalign Teen®, you can straighten your teeth without metal wires and brackets getting in the way. You’re free to enjoy the things that make these the best times of your life.
NO ONE NEEDS TO KNOW
Invisalign Teen aligners are made of a smooth, clear plastic that is virtually invisible! Your friends probably won’t even know you’re wearing them. Instead of hiding behind a mouth of metal, you’ll enjoy the confidence of showing that smile every day. And that can make for a better social life overall.
EAT WITH FREEDOM
You probably have friends with braces who aren’t allowed to chew gum or eat certain foods like popcorn and whole apples. With Invisalign Teen, the aligners are completely removable, allowing you to eat all of your favorite foods whenever you want. This also means you can easily keep brushing and flossing as you normally would for proper oral hygiene. Try that with braces.
KEEP DOING WHAT YOU LOVE
Whether you play sports or a musical instrument, a mouth full of metal can hold you back from enjoying the things you want to. It’s hard to perform at your best knowing you could get hit in the mouth with a ball, or cut your lip trying to hit that note on the trumpet. Invisalign Teen helps you focus on doing what you do best—being a teen.

Call our office for a complimentary Invisalign consultation to find out if Invisalign treatment is right for you. 604-542-8552

Importance of Mouth Guards in Sports

September 6th, 2016

Now that fall is right around the corner, and kids are heading back to school, families will be busy with lots of sports starting up. Its time to talk about the importance of wearing mouth guards when partaking in sports. Playing Soccer, football and hockey can cause injuries to the face and mouth. By wearing a mouth guard while taking part in these sports and other physical activities, you can greatly reduce the risk of becoming injured when struck in the face or head.

Why Mouth Guards?
Mouth guards are routinely worn by professional and non-professional athletes alike who are involved in all types of sports to protect their teeth and soft tissue of the mouth from injury. They can also protect children from such head and neck injuries as concussions and jaw fractures. Mouth guards should always be worn by active individuals who are wearing orthodontic braces as they help to limit the risk of injuries to the lips, tongue and soft tissue and reduce the chances that braces will become damaged upon contact.

The cost to repair a knocked out tooth can cost a great deal of money which always totals much more that what a mouth guard costs.

Types of mouth guards available

There are three main types of mouth guards available today. Off the shelf, boil to fit and custom made mouth guards. Boil to fit mouth guards are found in sports stores. Different types and brands vary in terms of comfort, protection and cost. Customised mouth guards are available through a Dentist or Orthodontist. They cost a bit more but are more comfortable and more effective in preventing injuries.

Our office will be holding a special Mouth Guard Clinic on Monday September 26 th from 12:30-3:30. Get a  make custom fitted mouth guard for $10. Please call our office to reserve your time. 604-542-8552

Mouth Guard Clinic

August 29th, 2016

Monday September 26, 2016 our office is having a mouth guard clinic. Get a custom made sports mouth guard for your son or daughter for $10. Please call to schedule an appointment.

Back To School With Braces

August 25th, 2016

Its that time of year again when summer is coming to an end and it's time for the children to go back to school. Making the transition back into the day-to-day routine of going to school can be challenging. If your heading back to school with braces for the first time, we want that transition to go smoothly! Therefore, Dr. Morra and our staff have put together a few helpful helpful tips for all our school ages patients who heading back to the classroom this fall.

Carry A Braces Care Kit With You

It's a great idea to take a braces care kit along with you to school that you can keep in your backpack or locker. Just use a small zippered pouch or something similar that has a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental wax and extra elastics (if you use them) inside. Then after lunch, you can slip into the bathroom to brush and floss your teeth. The dental wax can be used if a wire or bracket is irritating the inside of your mouth. Simply place a small bit of wax onto the irritating piece for relief. If something does become loose or broken on your braces, contact us right away instead of waiting until your next appointment.

Eat Smart!


When you had your braces put on, we told you that it's important to steer clear of hard, crunchy, gooey and sticky foods as these are the types of foods that can damage or break your braces. Remember to avoid eating these foods while in school too. So instead of reaching for that chocolate bar at break time, choose something else instead that won't harm your braces like yogurt or applesauce.

If you carry your lunch, be sure everything you take along with you is braces friendly. You can still take sandwiches as long as you cut them into small, bite-sized pieces. Soft fruits are great, like bananas and oranges as are softer vegetables like cucumbers and peppers.

Drink Plenty Of Water


Take a water bottle with you to school so you can drink water throughout the day. This will help keep your mouth clean by rinsing away food particles that become lodged in your braces after eating. Drinking plenty of water will also help neutralise the acids in your mouth to help keep your teeth healthy.

Wear a Mouthguard while Playing Sports


It's important to wear a mouthguard when playing sports as it will protect your teeth and jaws against injury and provide protection to your braces. A mouthguard should be worn whenever your're playing a sport or when you're partaking in any physical activity that poses a risk of injury to the mouth. There are special mouthguards make specifically for people wearing braces. Our office will provide one to our patients, just ask the next time you are in.

Contact Us For Braces and Invisalign


Dr. Morra and her staff wish all our school-aged patients good luck in the new school year! Dream Orthodontics offers a wide range of orthodontic services to ensure we can meet the needs of every patient we serve. Whether your're interested in finding a South Surrey / White Rock Orthodontist for your child or interested to find out if Invisalign clear aligners are right for you, you can rest assured we have the ideal solution for you! If you have further questions, contact us today and our friendly staff will be happy to help. To schedule a free consultation appointment with us, give us a call or fill out our easy online form. We look forward to hearing from you!

When should my child see an Orthodontist

August 10th, 2016

The Canadian and American Association of Orthodontists both recommend children should see an orthodontist for an evaluation by age 7. Many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if detected early rather than waiting unit jaw growth has slowed.

Phase I treatment, if necessary, is usually initiated on children between the ages of 7 and 10 and lasts 12 months. The primary objective of phase I treatment is to address dental concerns, that if left untreated may result in more extensive full treatment in the future.

Call our office for a free evaluation before school starts 604-542-8552.

Summer Photo Contest

August 9th, 2016

Summer Photo Contest

August 9th, 2016

summer photo contest

Enter our Summer Photo Contest to win a $100 Best Buy gift card!

All you have to do is grab one of our owls to take on your summer adventures. Take a photo of the owl and yourself, upload to Facebook or Instagram and tag "Dream Orthodontics" and you will be entered. You can enter as many times as you like and the most creative picture will win.

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