Monday, 15 December 2014 00:00

Excellent Orthodontic Treatment in Toronto

orthodontic-treatment-torontoIf you are looking for excellent orthodontic treatment in Toronto, Dr. Norma Chou, Orthodontist, is here to help. Dr. Chou explains some of the dental problems that she can fix with the proper orthodontic treatment plan.

Openbites, underbites, overbites and deep overbites – Dr. Chou specializes in the correction of all four Dr. Chou suggests that these problems are seen early when some can be corrected without as much difficulty and without surgery. The fix usually requires braces, special appliances and/or retainers.

Crowding of the teeth - This usually occurs when the teeth are too big for the size of the jaws. There may also be extra teeth, a condition called hyperdontia. Dr. Norma Chou often treats serious crowding and /or hyperdontia by removing some teeth and aligning the rest with braces.

Crooked teeth – The fix will improve your overall dental health, allowing you to clean your teeth more easily. Dr. Chou uses braces (metal or clear ceramic), clear aligners, and retainers to straighten crooked teeth.

Gaps or spaces – You may not consider a gap between the front teeth a problem at all, but if you want to close it Dr. Chou can use braces to move the teeth together. A special glued-in retainer helps to keep the space closed.

Clenching or grinding your teeth – Grinding your teeth is called bruxism. Stress is one of the causes. Misaligned teeth or sleep issues can also be culprits among adults (among kids, causes can include allergies). Bruxism can give you headaches, a sore jaw and cracked or loose teeth. If you grind your teeth at night, Dr. Chou can fit you with a mouth guard. If it is a daytime problem, meditation, exercise or other ways to curb stress help.

If you have any of the above tooth problems please contact Dr. Norma Chou in Toronto at 416-532-3041, and schedule an appointment to discuss orthodontic treatment. Keep smiling!
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Wednesday, 08 October 2014 16:15

Can Braces Cause Canker Sores?

Can braces cause canker sores? Dr. Norma Chou in Toronto says that the exact cause of most canker sores is unknown, and that there are different things which could be responsible for them.

Dr. Chou explains that sometimes a sharp tooth surface or dental appliances such as braces or ill-fitting dentures, might trigger canker sores. Other factor like stress or tissue injury can also cause simple canker sores. Certain foods -- including citrus or acidic fruits and vegetables (such as lemons, oranges, pineapples, apples, figs, tomatoes, and strawberries) may also trigger a canker sore or make the problem worse.

Canker sores are small, shallow ulcers that appear in the mouth and often make eating and talking uncomfortable especially if you have braces rubbing against them.

There are two types of canker sores: Simple canker sores may appear three or four times a year and last up to a week. They typically occur in people between 10 and 20 years of age.

Complex canker sores are less common and occur more often in people who have previously had them. Some cases of complex canker sores are caused by an underlying health condition, such as an impaired immune system; nutritional problems (such as vitamin B-12, zinc, folic acid, or iron deficiency) or gastrointestinal tract disease (such as celiac disease or Crohn's disease).

Dr. Chou explains that cold sores and canker sores are not the same thing but are often confused with one another. Cold sores, also called fever blisters or herpes simplex type 1, are groups of painful, fluid-filled blisters. Unlike canker sores, cold sores are caused by a virus and are extremely contagious. So if you have a cold sore, whenever you touch your mouth or your braces, Dr. Chou advises you to wash your hands well so you do not spread the virus. Also, cold sores typically appear outside the mouth -- usually under the nose, around the lips, or under the chin -- while canker sores occur inside the mouth.

Although there is no cure for canker sores, and they often recur, you may be able to reduce their frequency. Dr. Chou says if you have any questions or concerns about your braces and canker sores to schedule a visit at her office in Toronto.

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