A beautiful smile is just one of the many benefits of orthodontics.

Orthodontic appliances can be made of stainless steel, porcelain, plastic or a gold alloy. They may be removable or glued on the teeth. In fact, there are many choices to suit all needs.

During your consultation, we will present our treatment recommendations to best suit your condition and expectations.

Orthodontic appliances

clarity-advanced

Clarity Advanced™ — Aesthetic brackets

Aesthetic, comfortable and effective, Clarity Advanced™ ceramic brackets let you smile with ease during your orthodontic treatment. These brackets can be used instead of metal ones when there is no danger of wearing the enamel of opposing teeth.

incognito-1

incognito-2

Incognito™ — Hide your braces, not your smile!

Invisible, smart and personalized, Incognito™ braces are a new generation of orthodontic appliances for adolescents and adults. Incognito™ braces are made using the latest technology and are 100% adapted to the shape of your teeth and oral condition. They are placed behind your teeth, so no one knows you are wearing braces unless you tell them. With these devices, you get rapid and effective movement and unparalleled aesthetics. There is minimal interference with your speech, and they are comfortable to wear because they are custom-made using computer technology. Incognito™ braces require less time and fewer visits and don’t damage the surface of your teeth. Finally, they are made of gold alloy, eliminating the problem of nickel allergies.

Incognito™ appliances are perfect for men and women 13 years of age and older. Most patients who can be treated with conventional braces are candidates for Incognito™ appliances. However, only your orthodontist can say if they are suitable for you. The orthodontist begins by taking precise dental impressions. These models are then scanned, and the information is used to make each bracket and wire specifically for you. Once the appliances are ready, we arrange an appointment to put them on. You will get the smile you want, and no one will know you have braces!

For more information, visit hiddenbraces.com.

invisalign-1 invisalign-2

Invisalign® — Get a gorgeous smile without conventional braces!

An appointment with our orthodontists can determine whether this type of treatment is right for you. Dr. Rodrigue is certified Invisalign® practitioner. The treatment uses a series of aligner trays that are removable, comfortable and almost invisible. No one knows you are wearing an orthodontic appliance. Invisalign ® aligners are manufactured using three-dimensional computerized technology that has been proven for many types of treatments.

You can eat and drink whatever you want during treatment because the aligners are removable. Brushing and flossing your teeth is not a problem either. The aligners are very comfortable and do not cause the type of irritation that occurs with conventional appliances. Invisalign® also gives you a picture of how your final results will look. You’ll have something to dream about while you wait for the end of your treatment.

You wear each set of aligners for a period of two weeks, removing them only to eat and drink or brush and floss your teeth. As you progress through the series of aligners, you will see your teeth shift slightly every week until they have reached the final position determined by the orthodontist. There are appointments every six to eight weeks to ensure the treatment is proceeding as planned. The length of Invisalign treatment is usually 10 to 18 months, and an average of 20 to 36 aligners are required. This varies, however, depending on the individual case.

For more information, please visit invisalign.com

Dentofacial orthopedics

orthopedie

Dr. Rodrigue is an orthodontic specialists.

All orthodontists initially receive a university education in dentistry. Once this training is completed, some dentists then pursue another three years of education in a specialty. There are ten dental specialties recognized by the Ordre des dentistes du Québec. One of them is orthodontics.

Dr. Rodrigue has the expertise to diagnose dental problems and those of the orofacial complex. He is able to suggest treatments that involve the positioning of teeth as well as guiding bone growth to repair imbalances in the face and jaws. This is known as dentofacial orthopedics and takes place mainly during childhood and adolescence. Sometimes it precedes orthodontic treatment, but usually they take place at the same time. Intraoral appliances are frequently used in both cases.

Orthognathic surgery

chirurgie

Just as orthodontics can correct the positioning of teeth, orthognathic surgery can correct skeletal (jawbone) abnormalities to improve the overall function of the orofacial complex and the patient’s appearance. Generally, orthognathic surgery must be combined with orthodontic treatment. Your orthodontist may consider this combined approach for patients who have finished growing and are dissatisfied with their appearance. Generally, the jaws stop growing around the age of 16 in girls and 18 in boys.

During the first phase, which usually takes from 12 to 18 months, you will need to make regular visits to the orthodontist for treatment. Once the orthodontic preparation has been completed, you will undergo surgery, performed in a hospital by a maxillofacial surgeon. The operation can take several hours, depending on the severity and complexity of the case. The exact nature of the surgery, and whether to operate on one or both jaws will be determined jointly by you, your orthodontist and your maxillofacial surgeon to achieve the aesthetic and functional results you want.

You will be able to return to most of your normal activities after a two-week period of convalescence. Healing, however, will require up to eight weeks. Subsequently, your orthodontist will make final occlusal adjustments over a period of six to 12 months. When the appliances are removed, you will proceed to the retention phase to stabilize your smile.