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Avoid Landing on Our Naughty List This Season

Fotolia 48052871 XS 300x236 Avoid Landing on Our Naughty List This SeasonEDMONTON & SHERWOOD PARK, ALBERTA- In West Edmonton, orthodontist Dr. Amer Hussain is no Santa Claus, but he does encourage patients to stay off his naughty list.

Because an “orthodontist on the shelf” would be a little too strange, we at Pure Orthodontics have supplied a list of major no-no’s for orthodontic patients. If you abide by these guidelines, your spot on our “nice list” is secured. Your teeth will enjoy a trauma-free aligning experience, too.

  1. Don’t chew ice. This is a good rule for everyone, not just those in orthodontic treatment. Chewing ice can crack and chip teeth, slash gums and increase tooth sensitivity. For braces patients, ice is capable of wreaking havoc on brackets and arch wires. That’s no good, since broken braces don’t straighten teeth very well.
  2. Don’t skip brushing. Braces provide a perfect little spot for plaque to accumulate and hide. That’s why it’s important to brush teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush (these reach between brackets better) for two minutes after every meal. Clean, healthy teeth tend to streamline the treatment process.
  3. Don’t bite things that weren’t meant to be bitten. Fingers, pencils, pens, tape…if it’s not food, don’t even try it. Often habitual, chewing such items can damage wires and necessitate an emergency appointment, not to mention introduce a host of germs to the mouth. Try to refrain from this bad habit.
  4. Don’t eat taffy. Ever.
  5. Don’t eat carelessly. We understand tearing apart tough breads, slicing the corn off the cob and slowly chewing meat grows to be annoying, but a bit of discipline will help you achieve an aligned, healthy and beautiful smile sooner. Think about what you eat, and don’t hesitate to cut food into smaller, bite size pieces.
  6. Don’t use unwaxed floss. Unwaxed varieties easily shred on brackets, which makes for a frustrating dental hygiene routine. Purchase waxed or orthodontic floss, instead. Carefully weave under arch wires and gently wiggle between teeth.
  7. Don’t miss out. There are tons of great braces-friendly treats just waiting to be enjoyed this time of year. Feel free to indulge in soft, freshly baked cookies, ice cream, soft brownies and hot chocolate. A nice cold glass of eggnog may even help soothe soreness caused by your braces. Just be sure to thoroughly brush teeth afterward.
  8. Don’t give up. Whether it’s with braces or Invisalign, orthodontic treatment is one of the best investments you can make. Properly aligned teeth and jaw bones are healthier, improve facial aesthetics, reduce stress on the jaw joint and provide a serious confidence boost. A slightly prolonged dental hygiene routine and a short time without sticky candies will be well worth the outcome a gorgeous new smile that lasts a lifetime.

For modern and effective orthodontics in Sherwood Park, Edmonton, West Edmonton, Leduc, Spruce Grove and Fort Saskatchewan, give us a call. Pure Orthodontics is staffed with professionals who possess a great passion for improving the smiles of adult and pediatric patients. It’s our pleasure to give aligned, healthy and beautiful teeth.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from the Pure Orthodontics team!

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Experiencing a Braces Disaster? Pure Orthodontics Offers Emergency Care

| December 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Fotolia 29624953 XS 300x199 Experiencing a Braces Disaster? Pure Orthodontics Offers Emergency CareWEST EDMONTON & SHERWOOD PARK, ALBERTA- Did you bite into a gingerbread man that was a bit too crunchy? Or was that candy cane stickier than you anticipated? There’s no need to fret in the midst of an orthodontic crisis if you’re in the West Edmonton area, because orthodontist Dr. Amer Hussain offers timely emergency care services.

Orthodontic emergencies rarely strike at convenient times. We get it. When the arch wires in braces snap after an unlucky encounter with a sticky or crunchy snack, it can cause severe discomfort and inhibit you from speaking and eating properly. That’s why we at Pure Orthodontics are proud to offer “comfort appointments” to our patients. Comfort appointments are scheduled the same or next day you call in with your emergency.

“We don’t take our patients’ hurt lightly,” says Dr. Hussain, a trusted provider of braces in West Edmonton. “If someone is experiencing a painful issue with their orthodontic appliances, we work hard to quickly resolve the problem.”

While waiting for your comfort appointment, use orthodontic wax to cover the ends of prodding wires. Our friendly staff can provide you with plenty at your next visit. If a wire is notably out of place and poking your gums, tongue or cheek, use a pair of nail clippers to snip off the end. Be sure to keep any portion of the appliance that has fallen off and bring it to your appointment.

Whether a chewy snack or an unfortunate tumble is to blame, you can be assured we’ll make fixing your appliances a top priority. But, if the damage results in broken or missing teeth, we encourage you to seek help from your general dentist first. Without a healthy foundation, we can’t properly repair your braces.

Relax, smile and enjoy the holiday season. Should braces begin to spark pain, we have you covered. To learn more about braces, Invisalign or to schedule a comfort appointment, give us a call at our Edmonton or Sherwood Park locations today. We look forward to helping you!

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How to Combat Gum Disease While in Braces

Fotolia 27909985 XS 300x213 How to Combat Gum Disease While in Braces EDMONTON & SHERWOOD PARK, ALBERTA- Orthodontic treatment is one of the greatest investments you can make. Aligned teeth provide countless aesthetic and health perks. However, braces can simultaneously hinder and promote the development of one particular condition.

Seven out of 10 Canadians will suffer from gum disease in their lifetime, but the odds of developing this condition are less likely when teeth are in ideal alignment. This is because gums fit tighter and more properly around straight teeth. A snug-fitting gum line means there’s no pockets where plaque and bacteria can accumulate and trigger infection.

With that said, your risk of acquiring gum disease is heightened during orthodontic treatment. Braces have a knack for trapping food particles, and removing wedged plaque from appliances usually requires more than the typical brushing routine. The bacteria associated with lingering plaque can easily initiate gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. For many patients, shifting teeth will exacerbate a pre-existing case of gum disease.

“I always recommend patients come into Pure Orthodontics with generally good oral health,” says West Edmonton orthodontist Dr. Amer Hussain. “When teeth and gums are in poor condition, it complicates treatment and makes achieving the best possible result difficult.”

Whether you’re contemplating orthodontics or you’re in the midst of treatment, the best way to inhibit the onset of gum disease is to implement good oral hygiene practices. With a soft bristled toothbrush, brush the teeth, gum line and appliances using a gentle circular motion twice daily. Use waxed or orthodontic floss and mouth rinse every day. Afterward, be sure to inspect teeth for any left behind food particles.

“It all comes back to good dental hygiene,” says Dr. Hussain. “When teeth and gums are clean and healthy, a countless number of conditions can be avoided. It also simplifies the treatment process for us.”

When weighing the advantages and disadvantages of orthodontic treatment, the best option is clear. In the long term, aligned teeth will reduce your risk of gum disease, as well as tooth decay and TMJ disorders. Putting a little extra effort into your dental hygiene routine during a brief treatment period is undoubtedly worth the outcome of an aligned, healthy and gorgeous grin.

To learn more about the health benefits of Invisalign and braces in West Edmonton, give us a call. Dr. Hussain and the Pure Orthodontics team are eager to address any concerns and give you the straight, stunning and healthy smile you deserve.

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Say Goodbye to the Goo: iTero Scanner Used to Take Easy Impressions

easy impressions 210x300 Say Goodbye to the Goo: iTero Scanner Used to Take Easy ImpressionsEDMONTON & SHERWOOD PARK, ALBERTA- Gooey impressions have been a gag-worthy annoyance for braces and Invisalign patients for years. However, orthodontics just got a bit less messy.

Say goodbye to traditional, uncomfortable impressions. Dr. Amer Hussain and our Pure Orthodontics team utilize revolutionary iTero technology to better customize and fashion aligners- without the goopy mess.

“We’re always looking for ways to streamline and improve our patient’s orthodontic experience,” says Dr. Hussain, an award-winning orthodontist in Edmonton. “We don’t miss taking messy impressions for aligners, and we are certain patients don’t miss it, either.”

We use the iTero scanner to quickly snap digital impressions of your teeth. This eliminates the need for traditional powder-based impressions, which often result in ill-fitting aligners, chair-side adjustments and redo appointments, as well as gagging and unpleasant tastes.

“The iTero scanner means no gagging, and that’s a huge benefit,” says Dr. Hussain. “Our especially young patients would often struggle with traditional impressions, but the scanner makes this process easy for everyone.”

The iTero scanner was designed with patient comfort in mind. Instead of sitting in the orthodontist’s chair while gooey impression material envelopes your teeth, Dr. Hussain simply scans each section of your smile.

Just say “ahh,” sit back and relax. The scanner allows for whole-tooth images to be captured, which produces a more accurate impression. Advanced software then virtually fashions your ideal aligner, which is promptly created and given to you.

It’s a virtually painless process that results in a perfectly customized aligner and an efficient treatment. iTero estimates that their technology leads to 7x fewer aligner fit issues than traditional impressions. This fact is significant, since an ideal fitting aligner is key to experiencing optimal results with Invisalign.

Use of the iTero scanner also means that appointment times are reduced. Compared to taking traditional impressions, digital impressions are much simpler and less time consuming. There’s no need to mix impression material or fidget with the fit of impression trays. We understand you’re busy, and we don’t aim to keep you in our office for any longer than necessary. That’s just one of the many reasons why we choose to use the iTero scanner.

At Pure Orthodontics, we are committed to incorporating outstanding technologies and techniques. From the iTero scanner used to streamline the creation of Invisalign retainers to self-ligating Damon System braces, we administer services that simplify your orthodontic treatment. We offer the best, because we believe our patients deserve the best. Dr. Hussain’s modern approach to treatment is apparent in all aspects of our practice.

To learn more about how we incorporate advanced technologies into treatment, please contact us. Edmonton and Sherwood Park orthodontist Dr. Hussain is eager to meet you and help you achieve your smile goals in a comfortable and efficient manner. We provide comprehensive orthodontic care to residents of Edmonton, West Edmonton, Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove and Fort Saskatchewan.

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How to Keep Braces Safe Amid Scary Halloween Treats

Halloween Candies 207x300 How to Keep Braces Safe Amid Scary Halloween TreatsEDMONTON & SHERWOOD PARK, ALBERTA- It’s a scary time for braces. Kids (and kids at heart) are about to inherit a wealth of sticky sweet trick-or-treat goodies capable of causing horrifying damage to teeth and orthodontic appliances. In an attempt to lessen the destruction, Edmonton orthodontist Dr. Amer Hussain is sharing the best and worst Halloween treats for patients in braces.

When we say “best,” we use it loosely. Excessive sugars and starches are capable of triggering dental health issues like cavities, severe decay, yellowing and unpleasant breath. It’s vital to maintain an adequate dental hygiene routine while indulging in these sweets. That includes brushing for two minutes at least twice each day, flossing after meals with waxed or orthodontic floss and using antibacterial mouth rinse. Implementing this routine is especially important to Invisalign patients, since the snug-fitting aligners press plaque and foot particles into teeth and the gum line.

With that said, certain Halloween goodies are more frightening to braces than others…

The Best.
At Pure Orthodontics, we don’t want our braces patients to live on a diet of apple sauce and water. It’s OK to indulge in the occasional treat, as long is acceptable dental hygiene is maintained. Permissible Halloween candies are soft and consumed quickly. The less time it takes to chew, the better. Some tasty examples include:

- Reeses
- 3 Musketeers
- Plain chocolate bars
- Ice cream treats
- Soft cookies

Pair these treats with a nice tall glass of milk, which is loaded with calcium and vitamin D to help fortify teeth and neutralize lingering acids. If you must get your chewy fix, sugar-free gum chewed slowly with the molars is OK to enjoy.

The Worst.
Enjoying the sweet treats of the season is exciting- we get it. However, there are a few important facts to remember before you or your child delves into a bag of candy. Chewy treats can uproot brackets and become entangled in wires. Even if you manage to avoid wreaking havoc on your orthodontic appliances, picking sticky caramel or taffy out of wires isn’t typically an enjoyable experience. Here are a few notoriously bad choices:

- Taffy
- Sugary gum
- Gummy Bears
- Chocolate with caramel
- Chocolate with nuts
- Starburst
- Fun Dip

If one of these candies is consumed, make sure you or your child promptly brushes, flosses and checks for any wedged food particles. Lingering sugar on teeth can easily cause decay, yellowing and a few more trips to the dentist’s office.

Don‘t forget about your teeth while enjoying Halloween candy this year. For more tips on how to keep braces safe in a season brimming with sticky treats, contact Pure Orthodontics. We are a trusted provider of orthodontics in West Edmonton, Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove and Fort Saskatchewan. Dr. Hussain and the Pure Orthodontics team wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween!

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Pure Orthodontics Celebrates National Orthodontic Health Month

Beautiful Straight Smile 200x300 Pure Orthodontics Celebrates National Orthodontic Health MonthEDMONTON & SHERWOOD PARK, ALBERTA- October is National Orthodontic Health month in Canada and the United States. Edmonton orthodontist Dr. Hussain and the Pure Orthodontics’ team are celebrating by promoting the many benefits of orthodontic treatment that extend past gaining a straight grin.

When contemplating orthodontics, thoughts of children stuck in clunky headgear may come to mind. However, this perception could not be further from reality. Pure Orthodontics practices modern orthodontics, which takes a personalized and convenient approach to treatment. Today’s aligning methods focus on efficiency and appearance, allowing patients to enjoy a speedy and discreet orthodontic experience.

“This month is a great time to spotlight how orthodontic treatment affects so many aspects of life,” says Dr. Hussain. “I truly enjoy watching my patients gain so much from their new, straight smiles.”

With popular treatments like Invisalign, lingual braces and Damon System, patients can reap the benefits of orthodontics quicker than ever before. When teeth are straight, it improves more than the patient’s confidence and image. An aligned bite puts less pressure on the jaw and teeth while chewing and speaking, and a straight smile is easier to keep healthy. Here are just a few of the advantages of orthodontic treatment.

  • Added self-confidence
  • A more professional image
  • Better dental health, since food particles are easily trapped and hidden in crooked teeth
  • An aligned and comfortable bite
  • Reduced chances of developing bruxism (teeth grinding) and painful TMJ disorders
  • Improved facial aesthetics
  • Whiter teeth, since straight teeth are easier to clean
  • A lowered risk of gum disease, because gums attach straight teeth more securely

At Pure Orthodontics, we love to see our patients enjoying all the amazing benefits a straight smile can afford. In honor of National Orthodontic Health Month, we encourage you to take a step toward achieving the smile you’ve always desired through orthodontic treatment. Pure Orthodontics offers Invisalign and modern braces in West Edmonton and Sherwood Park. Contact us today to learn more.

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Easy and Effective Ways to Keep Your Retainer Clean and In-Use

clean retainer 300x199 Easy and Effective Ways to Keep Your Retainer Clean and In Use EDMONTON & SHERWOOD PARK, ALBERTA – If you’re an Invisalign patient or have ever undergone any sort of orthodontic treatment, you’re aware of the utterly disgusting repercussions of not properly cleaning a retainer. Crusty calcium buildups and unpleasant odors are just a few possible outcomes of failing to care for your mouthpiece. Dr. Amer Hussain, an award-winning orthodontist in Edmonton, Alberta, shares a few simple and effective ways to keep retainers sparkling and strong.

Baking Soda
Add retainer cleaner to the list of awesome solutions this household product supplies. Baking soda’s natural pH-increasing effect helps to guard against bacteria buildup in the mouth and neutralize the odors retainers often acquire. To clean your mouthpiece, mix baking soda with toothpaste and use a toothbrush to gently scrub in a circular motion. Be sure to rinse thoroughly with water afterward.

Vinegar
This easy method is ideal for orthodontic retainers with metal components and for eliminating calcium and mineral buildups from saliva. Place the dirty retainer in a cup of warm (not hot) distilled water and add white vinegar until the retainer is completely submerged. Let it sit for no more than five minutes and rinse with warm water. It’s important to rinse thoroughly, since many plastic retainers are porous and will harbor whatever products they are soaked in. This could lead to some serious tooth irritation and interesting tastes!

Toothbrush & Toothpaste
For retainers in generally good health, nothing beats a good old fashioned scrub with toothpaste and a toothbrush. Be gentle, thorough and rinse well with warm water.

Castile Soap
Castile soap is an oil-based product found at many large retail stores. This light soap contains natural ingredients like olive oil and coconut oil, so it’s a great gentle cleanser for plastic Invisalign retainers. Squirt a pump or two in a cup of warm distilled water and let the retainer soak.

No matter what method you choose, it’s important to keep the retainer in a cup of distilled water when not in use. Dry retainers promote tartar growth and biofilm development.

Maintaining a clean mouthpiece is key to consistent use. Odds are no patient is willing to regularly wear a smelly, dirty retainer. Using the retainer as Dr. Hussain instructs is vital to keeping your newly created, gorgeous smile intact and negating the need for a second round of dental braces in the future. For Invisalign patients, teeth will fail to align if the retainer isn’t worn constantly.

Ousting dangerous bacteria is also crucial to achieving a healthy smile and body. The mouth is an ideal environment for bacteria growth and a gateway to the bloodstream. Multiple studies suggest that germs formed in the mouth can easily spread and ignite a variety of health issues ranging from periodontitis to heart disease.

If you have questions about your retainer or are considering treatment, feel free to contact Dr. Hussain and the Pure Orthodontics team for prompt assistance. They are a trusted local source of orthodontic solutions like Damon System and Invisalign in Sherwood Park and Edmonton.

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Are Your Braces Causing You Pain? Chew Gum!

braces 200x300 Are Your Braces Causing You Pain? Chew Gum! SPRUCE GROVE, ALBERTA- Carelessly smacking gum is never a bright idea for an orthodontic patient, but the occasional chew may actually provide relief from pain and soreness associated with braces. Spruce Grove orthodontist Dr. Hussain and the Pure Orthodontics team explain why it’s safe to throw out the old notion condemning chewing gum while wearing orthodontic appliances.

Researchers in the UK recently conducted a study to determine just how the use of gum affects teenagers in braces. Participants who chewed gum reported a reduction in pain and impact their braces played in food choices, social situations and general function over patients who did not chew gum. These results were noted 24 hours after an appointment requiring a typically uncomfortable adjustment to an orthodontic appliance.

Gum’s surprising benefits stem from the increase in blood flow when chewing. A soothing action is created when circulation heightens around the periodontal membrane, helping to reduce inflammation and lessen pain. Perhaps even more shocking, gum doesn’t seem to uproot and wreak havoc on braces as once thought.

“If a patient exercises caution when chewing gum, I think it’s perfectly acceptable,” says Dr. Hussain. “It’s an easy, safe and inexpensive way to help soothe discomfort after an appointment.”

As with any sticky or tough food, it’s important to chew slowly and carefully. All foods have the ability to damage brackets and wires if consumed too quickly. Instead of smacking gum, opt for a more subtle motion around the molars. Dr. Hussain also recommends patients select sugar-free gum, since excessive sugar intake can contribute to cavities. Delicious sugar-free varieties can easily be found in flavors like raspberry cupcake, mint chocolate chip and rainbow sherbet.

Chewing gum in braces may go against dated orthodontic guidelines, but Pure Orthodontics takes a modern approach to their treatment and care practices. Dr. Hussain and the Pure Orthodontics team use advanced technologies to provide outstanding pediatric and adult orthodontics. Revolutionary treatments like Invisalign, Invisalign Teen and Damon System clear braces in their Sherwood Park and Edmonton offices. To learn more about Dr. Hussain, click on his name.

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When it Comes to Braces, Not All Oral Care Products are Created Equal

| August 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

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oral hygiene products 300x186 When it Comes to Braces, Not All Oral Care Products are Created EqualEDMONTON & SHERWOOD PARK, ALBERTA- Kids across Edmonton are preparing to return to school by stocking up on stylish new outfits and accessories, but smiles need to be readied, too! To help students make a dazzling debut with a gorgeous smile this year, Spruce Grove orthodontics pro Dr. Hussain and the Pure Orthodontics team are dishing on the best (and braces-friendly) oral hygiene products.

Soft bristled toothbrush. Switch to the softer side of things and ditch tough-bristled toothbrushes. Soft bristles reach around and in between brackets better to loosen wedged plaque and food particles. Since brackets tend to shred soft materials, these toothbrushes may have to be replaced more frequently. However, the plaque-fighting benefits will be well worth a few more trips to the convenience store.

Proxy brush. Commonly known by its pseudo-name, the “Christmas tree” brush is engineered to slide under wires and in between brackets to easily grab food particles. The small tufted head of this brush resembles a pipe cleaner (or a Christmas tree) and can be found at most drugstores.

Waxed floss. As previously mentioned, brackets can shred oral care products with ease, so it’s wise to opt for waxed floss. This variety typically snags on wires and brackets less than floss without wax.

Stiff floss. Many oral care brands make floss with a stiffened end to help snake under wires. This product is ideal for orthodontic patients still learning how to properly floss in braces.

Mouthwash. After a thorough routine of brushing and flossing, it’s best to finish up with a good swish of antibacterial mouthwash. This will help loosen and rinse away any remaining plaque caught on appliances, not to mention kill bacteria that causes bad breathe.

Dental care while in braces can be tricky, but there are tons of great products available to make cleaning a bit easier. With a little help from these tools and the Pure Orthodontics team, every student will have a school-ready smile in no time! Dr. Hussain is a trusted provider of clear braces and Invisalign in Edmonton and Sherwood Park. Students of all ages can rely on his expertise to achieve a straight, stunning grin. Click here to learn all information you need about braces.

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Orthodontic Benefits Don’t End At Looks: How Braces Can Improve Dental Health

| August 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

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braces 300x200 Orthodontic Benefits Dont End At Looks: How Braces Can Improve Dental HealthEDMONTON & SHERWOOD PARK, ALBERTA- We all know that orthodontic treatment supplies incredible cosmetic benefits, but did you know straight teeth can boost dental health, too? Here’s a few reasons why a crooked smile straightened by Leduc orthodontics pro Dr. Amer Hussain can improve oral hygiene in addition to looks.

Straight and simple. Essentially, crooked teeth act like a net. Food particles can easily become entangled in a trap of crooked and overcrowded teeth. Overlapping and angled teeth provide the perfect nooks for plaque to become wedged and hidden. Unless patients regularly perform a close inspection of their smile, routine brushing and flossing practices may not be sufficient to dislodge the trapped plaque. This dilemma can make achieving a clean, healthy smile nearly impossible – and tooth decay very possible!

We’re not suggesting that an aligned grin is plaque-proof, but smoothing out the smile’s surface can simplify the cleaning process by making trapped food particles more visible and easier to reach with a toothbrush and floss. Properly aligned teeth also allow gums to fit more snug around the tooth, helping to guard against gum disease. In short, the straighter the teeth, the simpler the maintenance.

Close the gap. Orthodontics isn’t just suited for patients with crooked or crowded teeth. Pediatric and adult’s orthodontist Dr. Hussain also works to close gaps in smiles, known medically as Diastemas. These gaps can result from a child’s jaw bone developing faster than their adult teeth, or an adult whose teeth don’t match ideally with their jaw bone. Regardless of the cause, such gaps can prove dangerous.

A gap in the smile leaves a portion of the gum exposed, and creates a nice little spot for plaque to nest. Plaque-borne bacteria frequently exposed to the gums without proper oral hygiene can easily trigger gingivitis or more serious cases of periodontitis (gum disease). Because gums are naturally sensitive, it’s best to correct such gaps through orthodontics.

Take off the pressure. If a patient is suffering from tightness in the jaw area, a TMD (tempomandibular joint disorder) is often to blame. However, the solution to jaw pain may be as simple as straightening a few teeth. When one or more teeth on the bottom and top rows are misaligned, it creates an uncomfortable bite. The pressure from the inadequate bite can induce soreness and make chewing certain foods difficult.

Once again, orthodontics can alleviate such painful oral conditions. By aligning the teeth, Dr. Hussain can provide a proper, comfortable bite and eliminate pressure in the jaw joint. He and his professional team at Pure Orthodontics create customized treatment plans using advanced technologies to ensure the perfect smile and bite.

Now that you know the benefits of orthodontics don’t end at aesthetics, what are the best treatment options for you? Patients of Dr. Hussain’s have a variety of aligning methods to choose from, including Damon System clear braces, lingual braces and Invisalign at the Sherwood Park and Edmonton locations. Dr. Hussain and the team at Pure Orthodontics work closely with each patient to ensure a gorgeous and healthy smile faster than you may think. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about these aligning methods.

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