DR. SHARLEEN F. TAN, ORTHODONTIST

Common Orthodontic Treatments

Braces and More in Ottawa!

Braces in Orleans is a small, personalized orthodontic office, where you can achieve the beautiful smile you want and deserve. We work hard to make sure you feel comfortable here!

Because we run on a smaller scale than large, impersonal practices, you wait will never be very long—if at all. Plus, we have a great reputation to sticking to our estimated treatment time, which patients obviously appreciate.

How Orthodontic Treatment Works

Braces work by placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction to move teeth to a corrected position. The orthodontic appliances used at our Orleans, ON practice are made of metal, ceramic, and plastic. We offer Damon® Smile self-ligating braces, which offer a convenient, efficient treatment experience, as well as Insignia™ treatment planning for more accurate treatment results in a shorter time. Braces offered by Dr. Tan can be used by children, teens, and adults—you’re never too old for braces!

Getting Started

During your initial consultation, Dr. Tan will provide a diagnosis and create a treatment plan to meet your individual needs. We’ll also go over the details and cost of your treatment, as well as insurance and financial information, so all your questions will be answered.

Learn more about orthodontics at Braces in Orleans by scheduling an appointment!

 

 

Crowding of the teeth

crowding of the teeth before

Before

crowding of the teeth after

After

This boy started treatment at age 11 and wore braces for 26 months. He loves his new smile.

 

Open bite: front teeth don’t touch

open bite before

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open bite after

After

This girl sucked her thumb as a young child. She started treatment at age 13. She had braces and a special appliance — called a crib — to retrain the tongue, for 28 months. Now she can bite the lettuce out of a sandwich.

 

Deep overbite: lower front teeth bite into palate

deep overbite before

Before

deep overbite after

After

This adult patient, age 25, required braces and jaw surgery to correct his severe overbite. Treatment lasted two years. His problem could have been corrected without surgery if he had been treated before he was a teenager.

 

Missing lateral incisors

missing lateral incisors before

Before

missing lateral incisors after

After

This patient’s lateral incisors were missing since birth. She had braces for 20 months to move the teeth into their correct positions, then the missing teeth were replaced with bonded “Maryland” bridges.

 

Underbite: lower front teeth in front of upper teeth

underbite before

Before

underbite after

After

This woman’s underbite was causing jaw joint discomfort and excessive wear patterns on her teeth. After about 30 months of treatment starting at age 32, she now finds smiling and chewing much easier.

 

Spacing of teeth

spacing of teeth before

Before

spacing of teeth after

After

This patient was bothered by the spaces between his teeth. Braces closed the spaces and gave him an ideal bite in 24 months. Special glued-in retainers help keep the spaces closed.

 

Overjet: protruding front teeth

overjet before

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overjet after

After

At age ten, this girl had a big overjet, with the top teeth protruding beyond the bottom. She had two phases of treatment. The first helped her jaws to grow more harmoniously and the second aligned her teeth and bite. At age 13, she was proudly displaying her new smile.

 

Non-braces treatment

non braces treatment before

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non braces treatment after

After

Sometimes braces are not needed to get noticeable improvements in tooth alignment. This patient was first seen at age seven for crowding of the lower permanent teeth. A procedure was performed to reduce the width of the adjacent baby teeth, and the permanent incisors aligned on their own in nine months.

 

Phase-One

phase 1 before

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phase 1 after

After

This patient’s parents were concerned about both esthetics and the health of the erupting permanent teeth when they brought him to the orthodontist at age eight. The lower front teeth were crowded and touching the palate, and the upper front teeth were extremely displaced from their normal positions. After 12 months of Phase-One treatment with an expander and partial braces, the boy’s appearance and dental function were vastly improved.

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Orleans Town Centre, 240 Centrum Blvd., Orleans, ON, K1E 3J4, (613) 482-9808