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11 May

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COVID Announcement

May 11, 2020 | By |

 

To our Embrace Family and Friends,

We hope this letter finds you and your family safe and healthy. Our global and local communities have been through a life-changing period, and we are all hoping to return to some sense of normalcy soon. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your health and safety.

 

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, as you have experienced during all your previous visits to our office. Our office follows infection control protocols made by the Alberta Dental Association & College. This commitment to ensuring a safe, yet comfortable environment has been paramount to top quality orthodontic care.  In light of current events, we want to tell you about the hospital-grade infection control procedures we currently have and safety protocols we will continue to follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

You will see some changes when it is time for your next appointment in order to protect our patients and our staff:

  1. All patients will be emailed a link to a Wellness Survey and updated Informed Consent that must be filled out in the 24 hours prior to EACH APPOINTMENT. This link will come with your regular appointment reminder email or text. It will also be posted on our social media accounts and website, so you can access it anytime.
  2. All people entering our office will have their temperature taken (no-touch forehead thermometer) and will be provided with hand sanitizer to use.
  3. We kindly request all people entering our office to be wearing a mask. We are only able to stock enough disposable masks for the use of our staff, so we ask that each person brings their own. This is not a requirement but we strongly recommend it.
  4. Our waiting room will be closed. This means we will ask that patients wait in their car until their treatment chair is ready. Please arrive 5 minutes early and please TEXT 587-920-5866 when you arrive.
  5. Only the patient is permitted in the office. We will make exceptions for the younger patients or those who need special assistance. In that case, only one adult may accompany the patient – this person will also be asked to complete the wellness survey, wear a mask, and have their temperature taken. Please no siblings or other guests. Though our favorite part of our office is the family atmosphere, right now we have to love the whole family from afar.
  6. Our tooth-brushing area will be closed to prevent cross contamination, so please brush and floss well prior to the appointment.
  7. Half the usual number of patients will be seen in the clinic area at a time, and patients will be seated as far apart as possible. This “socially distant scheduling” will unfortunately make finding the perfect appointment time a little more difficult. We understand many of our patients are concerned about not having been seen in our office for some time. We empathize 100%, and so we will be working very hard to catch up on over 900 missed appointments. WE WILL HAVE TO SEE EVERY PATIENT IN THE ORDER THAT THEY WERE ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED, UNLESS THERE IS AN URGENT CONCERN. Please request a virtual consultation visit right away in case you have any concerns, so we can make the best plan together.
  8. We have invested in multiple medical-grade air purification units (Surgically Clean Air), which also have UV/electromagnetically-enhanced HEPA filters. The SCA units were originally designed for use during the SARS epidemic to eliminate 99.8% airborne pathogens in clinical spaces, and are the industry leader in medical/dental air purification.
  9. Procedures generating dental aerosol (removal of braces or aligner attachments are the most common) will be limited to special isolated units and private room. During this procedure, we will be using a Surgically Clean Air unit, which captures all the aerosols. Special personal protective equipment and measures will be taken by Dr. Ramune and assistants for these procedures.
  10. Our entire team will also undergo daily temperature checks and screening questions to monitor our own health.
  11. Some appointments, like growth observation, retainer monitoring will be conducted virtually. This will not only save you a trip, it promotes social distance. Our office will contact you in advance if this is an option.

We sincerely thank you for your patience as we work through all of these changes! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Sincerely,

Dr. Ramune Sileikyte and your Embrace team.

01 Aug

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5 Signs Your Or Your Child Needs To See An Orthodontist

August 1, 2018 | By |

Seemingly simple conditions such as an overbite can significantly take away from the beauty of a person’s smile and result in many dental health problems and even confidence and self-esteem issues. Thankfully, most of these conditions can be corrected by an orthodontist. Orthodontists are in the business of improving dental health and the quality of smiles. A simple visit to the orthodontist in Edmonton can help prevent orthodontic problems from negatively impacting your smile and oral health.

It is essential to identify early symptoms of orthodontic problems and have them addresses sooner rather than later. This is particularly important where children are concerned. This short report is designed to help you identify the five early signs that you or your child may be in need braces or other corrective or restorative dental solution. Of course, all such solution will require a visit to the orthodontics office.

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5 Signs You May Need To Visit Your Orthodontist

1. Crowding

Crowding is a fairly common problem where there is not enough space for the teeth in the mouth. As a person ages, the condition gets worst and can make brush, flossing, and other hygiene practices being done improperly or inefficiently. This is as some areas may become extraordinarily crowded and impossible to clean, leading to tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, and a lot of other undesirable dental conditions.

If treated at an early age, crowding can be corrected, and teeth are aligned and straightened relatively easily. While the condition can be addressed in adulthood, it is best to treat it as a child.

2. Overbite

When the top teeth at the front stick out further than the ones at the bottom, an overbite becomes most noticeable. Some overbites are smaller than others. However, a significant overbite can prove problematic due to increased risk of injury or trauma to the top teeth which are further out, as well as, problems finding a restorative dental solution that fits. The latter is true, particularly in the case of crowns, fillings or veneers.

3. Crossbite

Whenever one has an upper tooth that is behind the opposing lower tooth, then one has what is known as a crossbite. Whenever this condition occurs, several problems can result. Three such issues include as shared by our wonderful friend who is a dentist in Richardson:

  • Receding gums of the affected teeth
  • Fractured or severely worn down teeth (which sometimes cannot be restored)
  • Asymmetric jaw growth

4. Underbite

Virtually the opposite of an overbite, an underbite occurs when the front top teeth are behind the bottom teeth with stick out further. There are many problems that this condition can cause – starting with difficulting biting and chewing food. Other conditions include an imbalanced facial appearance (as this condition is often associated with a disproportionate jaw size) and faster aging in the face.

5. Openbite

This condition can also be referred to as a gap in the front teeth. That is, the front teeth do not touch, resulting in problems with biting food and speaking with a lisp.

If you are your child is showing any of the above symptoms (even if they are mild), then one should consult an orthodontist so he or she can take a look. The fact is, these symptoms never go away on their own, and will, in fact, get worse. As such, the sooner one seeks professional assistance, then the better the chance of a full recovery.

Your next visit to the orthodontics offices is as simple as sending an email or making a call to schedule a consultation. So, why wait? Make the call today and take the necessary step to improve your smile and that of your child.

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01 Aug

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How To Thoroughly Clean Your Retainer

August 1, 2018 | By |

You had better make sure you know how to keep the retainer free of bacteria and clean if your orthodontist has fitted you with the same for straightening your teeth. You will not regret following the cleaning instructions if you wake up in the morning to find the retainer fitted by your Embrace orthodontist has become a self-sustaining bacterial ecosystem. Do not worry in case you did not pay attention when your orthodontist was talking to you about the “Intro to Retainers.” We have provided below the retainer cleaning information you need.

How to Clean Your Retainer Thoroughly

We asked Dr. Ramune, the Embrace orthodontist in Edmonton, to share her views about which materials are ideal for cleaning retainers, and we shall now share his professional tips with you. Do not forget that these instructions are for retainers made from acrylic and metal wires.

1. Use toothpaste along with a soft toothbrush.

Do not use tartar control toothpaste in case you choose to use the toothpaste and toothbrush method, as it contains abrasive ingredients. You should avoid abrasive toothpaste and only use a soft toothbrush, as repeated scrubbing can scratch the acrylic surface of the retainer, and scratches on retainers are an ideal place for bacteria to hide. Thoroughly scrub your retainer on all sides, but never use force as you can thoroughly clean a retainer without using force that causes scratches.

2. Use denture cleaner, as they are not meant just for toothless individuals.

Individuals using retainers for straightening their teeth can use them too. You can use popular denture cleaners such as Dentasoak, Polident, and Efferdent to clean your retainers. Soak the retainer in the denture cleaner for the duration as mentioned in the instruction sheet accompanying the cleanser. Rinse it and clean the surface gently with a soft toothbrush after you have soaked it for the recommended amount of time.

3. Use mouthwash.

Once you have confirmed that the mouthwash does not contain alcohol, use it to clean your retainers, as alcohol can potentially damage the retainer acrylic. Once you have found several nonalcoholic types of mouthwash, select clear one, as this prevents discoloration of the retainer. In case you have a non-alcoholic mouthwash soak the retainer in it for 60 minutes, following which you should remove it and scrub it gently using a soft toothbrush.

4. You can use distilled white vinegar as well.

If you like to use organic products for your hygiene or want to find a cleaner, which is already available in your house; use distilled white vinegar. Mix three parts water to 1 part vinegar in a cup and soak the retainer in this mixture for approximately 15 minutes. Follow this by using a soft toothbrush to gently brush the retainer.

More Retainer Cleaning Tips by Dr. Ramune

I already mentioned above that you ought to avoid mouthwash that contains alcohol. However, we would like to specify that you should only search for cleaners that may contain Lysol or alcohol. It is a good idea to carefully check the ingredients of the cleanser you are planning to use to clean your retainers.

You may have observed that all of the suggestions mentioned above for cleaning your retainer also included gentle scrubbing using a soft toothbrush. It is ideal to opt for a gentle brushing after a cleansing soak for wire and acrylic and wire retainers, ensuring that you have cleaned all of the crannies and nooks thoroughly.

It is a bad idea to use bleach to clean your retainer. Apart from being a harsh chemical for your retainer, it is preferable not to get bleach in your mouth. Never use bleach for cleaning a retainer even if someone recommends it.

Schedule an appointment with trusted orthodontist in Edmonton at Embrace Ortho

01 Aug

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August 1, 2018 | By |

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Orthodontics Treatment: 10 Steps to Consider Before Having One

 

1. Qualifications and Experience

The expertise and skills of a specialist orthodontist are required for performing an orthodontic treatment. If you are thinking about having orthodontic treatment, it is essential to find out the experience and qualifications of your orthodontist. He or she should have a Bachelor of Dentistry degree, a Masters degree in Orthodontics and be a member of the Canadian Association of Orthodontists or other professional bodies.

2. Support Staff

An orthodontist has responsibility for the overall treatment plan; however, he or she does not work alone. There is a team of professionals that work in the orthodontics office. The members include dental nurses, orthodontic therapists, hygienists and treatment co-coordinators. Each team member plays an essential part in the orthodontic treatment journey. Therefore, you should take time to ascertain the qualifications and experience of the team members who are involved in your care.

3. Options for Treatment

Orthodontic technology developments have resulted in an array of treatment techniques. Some might not be suitable for your issue; however, the suitable ones can be determined at an initial consultation. Before booking your consultation, log on to the website of the orthodontics office to find available treatments. By doing this, you will be able to ask informed questions regarding your treatment options.

4. Previous Works

When booking an appointment with orthodontics Edmonton, finding an office close to your home or workplace would be ideal. However, it is also essential to check the quality of the treatment they provide, especially in the area you are interested in doing. This can be done by looking at before and after images of previous works. A reputable orthodontist will typically display these images and patient testimonials on his or her website.

5. Recognition by the Industry

It is essential to determine whether an orthodontist is an industry-recognized treatment provider. Search the website for industry logos because this indicates recognition. For instance, if you are considering Invisalign treatment, check for the status held by the orthodontist and his or her practice.

6. Cost and Financing

This type of treatment is a substantial financial investment. Thankfully, the majority of orthodontists are aware of this and offer payment plan options to assist with the cost. Before embarking on treatment, ensure you have a detailed quote with all the fees involved, including retention post-treatment. Many orthodontists provide initial costs on their site; however, every case is unique. Therefore, your decision should be based on the value of your specific treatment.

7. Consultations

 

An orthodontics treatment is not a decision to be taken lightly; you should be fully informed before making a final decision. Most orthodontists offer a free consultation. During the meeting, your medical history will be reviewed, your treatment objectives will be discussed, and your orthodontic needs will be assessed. Additionally, x-rays and photographs could be taken and a treatment plan provided that includes the treatment cost and duration.

8. At-home and After-treatment Care

You will have regular appointments while undergoing an orthodontics treatment (roughly every eight weeks); this is in addition to your usual dental appointments. However, in between procedures, it is essential that in the unlikely event that trouble develops with the surgery, support will be there. Additionally, it is also important to receive help following the procedure. A crucial phase of your treatment journey is retention as this assists in keeping your teeth in position when the appliance has been detached. Make sure retention is a part of the plan and the cost of your treatment.

9. Professional Relationships

For the duration of the treatment, you will be under specialist orthodontist care; however, your dentist needs to be informed as well. Ask about the relationship between your dentist and your orthodontist. They should have open communication and work together to ensure the best possible treatment. While the orthodontist is responsible for your appliance, the dentist has continued responsibility for your overall oral hygiene. As such, both should be involved with the treatment.

10. Clinic Environment

Orthodontics treatment typically last between 12 and 24 months. This period is significant and includes going to multiple appointments. Therefore, you should be relaxed and comfortable in the orthodontics office. When you go to a consultation, besides getting information on the available treatment options, you could also use this opportunity to get a feel for the practice. Did the front desk personnel warmly welcome you? Are staff members friendly and approachable? Do you feel relaxed in the office? Make sure an orthodontics office is a place in which you feel supported, and somewhere you wouldn’t mind spending time.

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01 Aug

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Broken Brace’s Brackets

August 1, 2018 | By |

What To Do When You Break Your Brace’s Brackets?

Occasionally broken brackets are one of the most frequent problems that arise when wearing traditional braces. They can break for some reasons, due to the fragility of the brackets. These include using a toothpick or flossing too roughly, eating the wrong types of foods, brushing your teeth incorrectly, injuring your mouth, and brushing too vigorously. It is vital to know what to do if this situation takes place while you have braces.

Assess the Damage

If you break a bracket on your braces, the first thing to do is to assess the damage. If the wire is attached to the bracket, leave it in place. You can use a cotton swab to push it back into place gently if it is still attached but sticking out. Use orthodontic wax to secure the bracket in its position until you get the opportunity to visit the orthodontist when the bracket is in the correct place. It may be best just to remove the bracket, if it has come completely loose from the wire, and bring it with you when you visit Embrace Ortho.

Regain Control of the Situation

You should examine the wires to assess their state when you realize that a bracket on your braces has become loose. You can clip long and protruding wires with a pair of nail clippers. Perform this action as close to the teeth as possible. You can push back some more extended parts of the wire into their initial position close to the teeth. Cover the area with orthodontic wax to ensure that you do not wind up with wires cutting the interior of your cheeks or mouth.

Visit the Orthodontist

Schedule an appointment with Embrace Ortho to have the broken brackets repaired if you are unable to fix them temporarily by yourself. Factors such as the degree of damage to the bracket and amount of discomfort determine how soon you need to visit Embrace depends. Make sure you bring any broken parts in with you if you need to visit before your next scheduled appointment for repairing your brackets. This allows Embrace Orthodontics to get your orthodontic care back on track s they will be able to make repairs more efficiently.

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Tips for Care as You Wait for Your Appointment

It may seem like there is nothing you can do before your scheduled appointment if you suffer from a broken bracket and have to visit Embrace to get it repaired and reattached. However, you can prepare yourself for the appointment by taking specific steps. Rinse your mouth regularly with salt water to hasten the healing process. To avoid any further damage to the bracket, try to eat soft foods like fresh bread, yogurt, and boiled eggs. Avoid crunchy or hard foods such as sticky candies, raw carrots, and apples. You can purchase products that will heal and soothe your mouth if you are suffering from mouth sores due to broken archwires or broken bracket. You can also take over the counter painkillers to reduce discomfort.

The loosened bracket is one more problem that individuals who wear braces might face. As has been stated earlier numerous reasons can cause this problem to occur such as injuring your mouth, eating certain types of food, flossing your teeth roughly or even brushing your teeth in a rough manner. You will need to assess the situation, if you face this problem occurs, contact us as required, and prepare yourself for visiting Embrace Ortho. Embrace should be able to reattach your broken bracket to your tooth if you bring the same with you so that you can continue your curative treatment instantaneously. In case you are a patient of Embrace, who is in need of orthodontic care or has a broken bracket, contact Embrace Orthodontics for treatment. You can rest assured that the specialists of Embrace will fix the problem in a short period and you can start your healthy life after that.

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18 Jul

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When Should Your Child See The Orthodontist?

July 18, 2018 | By |

It isn’t always an easy answer to the question of when should your child have braces fitted, and you may get different answers from different orthodontists in Edmonton. They may even have a difference of opinion as to whether they are needed, and what type of treatment plan would be most appropriate. There are some factors to consider when trying to decide whether your child should have braces, and the input from your orthodontist only seems to confuse things even more.

Orthodontic Screening

However, the best person to decide if your child needs to have braces fitted is an excellent orthodontist, who is trained to recognize problems with the teeth and offer the best course of action to treat them. Children should be evaluated for braces before they reach the age of 7, according to the Canadian Association of Orthodontists, although the treatment at a younger age may be necessary if your child has any of the following:

  • Teeth that are excessively overcrowded
  • The lower and upper front teeth don’t meet – an open bite
  • Upper teeth stick out past the lower teeth – an overbite
  • The lower teeth stick out past the upper teeth – an underbite
  • Upper and lower jaw don’t line up correctly – crossbite

Phase I and II Treatment

Partial braces or expanders are typically utilized in phase 1, which starts between the ages of 6 and 10, and before all the permanent teeth have had time to grow. This treatment, or early intervention treatment, is often focused on correcting a crossbite, overbite or underbite or making more room for growing teeth.

Typically between the ages of 11 and 13 when all the permanent teeth are in place, phase II or comprehensive treatment is recommended, often meaning full braces. It’s a good idea to take your child to see their orthodontist if you haven’t done recently, especially if there are indications of the problems mentioned above.

There are several benefits to taking your child to the orthodontist before he or she is 7. Any issues can be identified and treated sooner rather than later, and braces won’t need to be worn for a long, as the teeth are more easily guided for the braces to fit.

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