Why choose Dr. Shojaei for your family’s braces treatment?
Dr. Shojaei’s conservative approach allows him to render treatment without removing any permanent teeth when possible. Ideally, we like to see children around the age of seven or eight to develop baseline measurements and monitor the skeletal development. By doing this, he can tell if early intervention with a growth modification appliance might help reduce or eliminate the need for more extensive treatment (and related expenses) later.
Length of Treatment
The average case treated with any kind of braces takes about 18 months to two years, though the overall treatment time will always vary according to the case. Dr. Shojaei has completed less complicated treatment in one year and more complex cases in as long as two and a half to three years. During your initial consultation, Dr. Shojaei will determine the length of treatment required to achieve your smile goals.
Metal braces are the most common type of braces available at Aurora Orthodontics. They are small metal rectangles that are glued to the surface of the teeth. The brackets works like a door handle, and give Dr. Shojaei a way to hold onto the teeth and move them into the desired positions. The movement of the teeth comes from a wire that Dr. Shojaei bends and fits into the braces. The fun colours come from the small elastics that hold the wire inside the braces.
Metal braces are definitely the most popular with our younger patients, as they have so much fun playing with the different elastic colour combinations: blue and white to support the Toronto Blue Jays or Maple Leafs, red and black if you're a Toronto Raptors fan, glow-in-the-dark elastics, and elastics that have hearts on them, just to name a few! Check out our colour chooser page to pick your favorite colours!
Metal braces are also a good choice for older patients who have limited space in their mouths, since metal brackets are smaller than ceramic braces. Even patients who prefer ceramic braces on their top teeth may prefer metal braces on the lower, as they are smaller and are easier to get used to.
Self-ligating braces work similarly to traditional braces with one significant difference: self-ligating braces use a clip instead of an elastic to hold the wire inside the bracket. In addition to metal varieties, we also offer ceramic self-ligating braces for a more aesthetic look.
Self-ligating braces do not require adjustments quite as often as traditional braces, which make them a great option for busy professionals, students, and those who travel.
Clear Braces & Aligners
Clear braces perform in the same way as traditional metal braces. They are slightly larger than metal ones, and the wires are held in place using clear elastics, rather than the coloured ones usually used with metal braces.
The ideal candidate for ceramic braces is a person who would like a little discretion surrounding their orthodontic treatment but still wants the treatment to progress as quickly as possible. Someone with a busy schedule and for whom removable aligners would be a challenge, due to having to remove them when eating and drinking while still having them in place 22 hours a day. Most of our Aurora Orthodontics patients in ceramic braces are over the age of 16 with a desire to have their treatment completed as efficiently as possible.
Clear aligners are series of sets of plastic trays that resemble whitening trays. Each set of trays is worn for a predetermined period of time, usually between one and two weeks, and moves your teeth slightly in the direction Dr. Shojaei had prescribed. The next set of trays will then continue the tooth movement and so on, until all the teeth are in their final position.
“Buttons” or “attachments” are often required with clear aligners. These small protrusions of filling material are placed on the lip or cheek surface of several teeth. They add stability and retention and provide a greater surface area if more pressure is required to move a tooth in a particular direction. These attachments are removed at completion of treatment and do not damage the tooth in any way.
Clear aligners are an excellent choice for the patient who wants a comfortable and almost invisible option for tooth movement. The patient would be committed to following the restrictions (no eating or drinking anything other than water with the trays in place) and be able to wear the trays for a total of 22 hours a day. Clear aligners are highly dependent on compliance and must be worn diligently as prescribed to ensure a successful outcome.