My goal when designing the office was to not only focus on obtaining exceptional results, but to pay equal attention to the experience as a whole. Because really, getting to your destination is only a part of the journey and arguably the journey is what shapes you as a person. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity in joining you on what is certainly going to be an amazing trip.
Dr. Justin Wong
DDS, MSc (Ortho), FRCD(C)
Beauty begins with the fundamentals of design and your smile is no different. We believe in the uniqueness of every person and have built our practice on designing smiles that consider and complement the shapes, contours and symmetries of the faces that frame them.
We are proud to offer our services in a bright, modern orthodontic space that reflects our attention to detail and our passion for providing personal service and individual, customized treatment plans.
We value staying ahead of the curve and up to date on the newest orthodontic equipment, innovations and techniques. By incorporating some of these technologies we hope to provide you some of the most effective and efficient orthodontic treatments possible today. These technologies have also allowed us to become paperless in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint.
We have invested in a digital 3D imaging system that allows us to take typical 2D x-rays at a fraction of the radiation exposure, while maintaining the ability to take a 3D scan of specific areas that require more detailed information. In addition, we have invested in a digital scanner which removes the need for conventional molds/impressions which increases patient comfort and reduces consumables and waste.
Dr. Justin Wong,
DDS, MSc (Ortho), FRCD(C)
I took my undergraduate education at the University of Alberta and graduated with distinction with my dental degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2004. Immediately after I practiced Family Dentistry in Westlock, AB until 2010 when I was selected as 1 of 4 residents at the University of Alberta and only 1 of 17 English speaking Orthodontic residents in all of Canada for that year. In 2013, having successfully completed my training and passing the Royal College of Dentists of Canada examination (required by all specialists in Canada) I now have the privilege of being called a Certified Specialist in Orthodontics.
When I’m not wearing my orthodontic hat I’m wearing my family hat. I have two incredible little boys Teagan and Mason, who are skillfully refereed by my wife Stacy. I would love to say that I do cool things like mountain biking, sailing, alligator wrestling and exploring the world… but who’s kidding who, I barely have the energy each day to keep up with my kids. Maybe one day when they are a little older I’ll update this bio to include more interesting things, but for now it’s just orthodontics and being a dad which is OK with me.
If you are still reading….Thank you! It is my promise that every detail in designing the office was made to ensure that your orthodontic experience is second to none. From the contemporary design to all the technology incorporated we at Design Orthodontics want to ensure that you are receiving the latest in orthodontic care. I personally look forward to the opportunity in meeting with you in person and showing you all the things that make Design Orthodontics different.
We look forward to meeting with you in person, but until then we want to share with you a little about each of us.
Tami H. RDAII,
Clinical Orthodontic Assistant
My name is Tami and I was born and raised in Edmonton. I graduated from the NAIT Dental Assisting Program in 1993 and received my Orthodontic certification in 1995. I have worked in a few Orthodontic offices in Edmonton over the years, most recently, the University of Alberta where I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Justin Wong for 2 years. I am excited to be joining his private practice.
I enjoy working in Ortho because I like the interaction with the patients, the change in self esteem and confidence as their treatment progresses. I like working where patients “want” to be not “have” to be.
On a more personal note, I am married and have two boys. I enjoy watching my boys play hockey and soccer, camping, travelling and spending time with family and friends.
Teresa P. RDAII,
Welcome to Design Orthodontics. My name is Teresa. I have had the pleasure of working in orthodontics for over 25 years. As the years pass I never tire of seeing how orthodontics not only transforms smiles but also the lives of patients. I am the Treatment Coordinator at Design Orthodontics and I’ll be happy to guide you through the process of orthodontic treatment as well as answer any questions you may have.
When I am not assisting with designing smiles you can find me doing my other passion; interior design and home staging. My husband and I have two children and enjoy kayaking, gardening and travelling.
I am excited to be a part of the Design Orthdodontics team and look forward to meeting you!
Leanne B. RDAII,
Scheduling Coordinator / Clinical Orthodontic Assistant
My name is Leanne and I have been a certified orthodontic assistant since 2000. I chose the orthodontic specialty because I am passionate about smiles. The smile is one of the first things I notice in people and I love to see the transformation that treatment provides patients. I had the pleasure working in both a private practice setting and at the University of Alberta.
I was born and raised in the Edmonton area and have called it home my entire life. My wonderful husband and I have twin boys that keep us very busy. As a family, we love movie nights camping and the football season.
This is treatment for kids before they develop all their permanent teeth in the hopes of guiding growth or eliminating/limiting problems which should make future orthodontic treatment easier.
These are one of the newest brackets on the market. Instead of the elastics that are on other braces, Damon brackets use a gate to hold the wire in. Because there is no elastic holding the wire to the bracket the teeth are allowed to slide more efficiently.
These are braces that go on the front of your teeth with the exception that they are designed with a customized prescription to your teeth. They also have computer bent wires to aid in the efficiency and accuracy of treatment.
If you are concerned with metal braces, here is one of the smallest, clearest, strongest clear brackets available today.
These may be removable (you can take them out like a retainer) or fixed (these are glued in so they don’t need to be removed and work all the time). Timing is critical when using these appliances as they modify growth. The Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends that children be seen no later than age 7 and in some cases age 2-3 depending on the problem.
If you feel like googling them, these are also known as mini screws. This recent advancement in orthodontics has allowed us to use the bone in the jaw or skull as anchorage to move teeth which allows us to do things that weren’t possible before, or to do things more efficiently with fewer side effects.
These are custom braces that go on the back of your teeth. Each case is custom and individual to you. Each bracket is custom made to fit your teeth and only your teeth. Even the wires are custom bent to give you the best treatment outcome without having to show the braces on the front.
These are clear aligners or trays (like bleaching trays but stiffer) which slowly move your teeth. Using a 3 dimensional model, the computer slowly moves your teeth in the virtual world and creates a series of trays to move your actual teeth. Stop by and see if you are a candidate for this treatment.
Often time crooked teeth are not just a result of the teeth being in the wrong spot. There is often a skull and jaw component to the problem. Sometimes braces alone cannot correct some problems and there is a need to combine treatment with jaw (orthognathic) surgery.
Looking to get some veneers or crowns but the teeth are just too crooked or in the wrong position to make it look right? Need to get an implant but there isn’t enough space? These are just a couple problems that may need orthodontics as a means to getting the dental or cosmetic work that you want done. We will work with your restoring dentist to make sure that the results will be amazing.
All the work that you have done to get that beautiful smile requires some insurance. Retainers are used to minimize the potential for orthodontic relapse. Although they all do the same thing (hold the position of your teeth), there are several types of retainers. The right retainer for your particular case will be selected at the end of your treatment.
The first step on our journey is the initial exam. At this appointment we will conduct a comprehensive orthodontic examination, take photos, and start the communication of potential treatment options specific to your particular case. This appointment generally takes between 30–60 minutes. In an effort to be both environmentally friendly and efficient, please take the time to fill out the online patient history form prior to this visit as it will be reviewed during the exam. Should you not have access to the internet, don’t worry… simply arrive to your appointment 30 minutes early and we will provide you tablets with the forms for you to fill out.
In order to have all necessary information to accurately diagnose and treatment plan your case, we may need to complete the orthodontic records. This may include scans of your teeth and x-rays. We understand that your time is valuable and it is often difficult to take time away from other obligations to return to the office, we will hold time after your examination to take these records so that you do not have to make an extra visit.
Once all the information is available, Dr Wong will personally treatment plan the case and provide treatment options specific to you. At this time we will bring you back to the office for a consultation which will last roughly 60 minutes. At this consultation the treatment options will be presented and explained in detail, treatment costs and times will be outlined, and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions or have any concerns addressed. You will also have the opportunity to meet with the Treatment Coordinator who will help you in booking appointments, understanding the financial component as well as aiding in filling out insurance forms.
If all goes well, the next appointment is the bonding appointment where all the magic happens. This is the day we “put the braces on”, the day we truly start our orthodontic journey.
To show that Design Orthodontics is committed to excellent oral hygiene, and in an effort to make it easier for you to keep your teeth clean, we will provide each patient that starts active treatment with an OralB® home kit. This kit will contain orthodontic floss, toothpaste, mouth rinse as well as a professional level electric toothbrush.
Regular visits to your family dentist are still necessary so that they are able to monitor your general oral health. During orthodontic treatment it is extremely important to maintain a strict hygiene schedule that will be coordinated with your general dentist and their hygienists.
Oral hygiene will be reinforced at every visit, because we know that great oral health will translate to both efficient and effective orthodontic results.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends bringing in your child for an orthodontic examination no later than age seven. This is because certain issues benefit from early treatment and would minimize or eliminate future problems. In addition, certain procedures are coordinated with growth; for that reason we want to be able to see patients younger so that we don’t miss these important windows of treatment. Not every child requires early treatment or treatment at all. Should your child require orthodontic care in the future, we will place them into our recare system and monitor growth and development of both their teeth and facial structures at no additional charge until which time treatment is necessary.
In certain cases there is an absolute need to extract teeth due to the level of crowding that is present. Each case is individual with many factors that are involved in the decision to extract or not extract teeth. We explore all these options with you at the time of your exam and consult and discuss in detail the benefits of each one. Not every patient will require or have extraction recommended.
In the same way that no person is too old for a confident, beautiful smile, no person is too old to get braces. The largest growing population of people getting braces are those older than 30. Treatment of adults is different than treatment of youths and adolescents and dental work such as crowns, bridges, implants, missing teeth, etc. will need to be considered in the overall orthodontic plan. There are many orthodontic treatments open to adults and the experienced professionals at Design Orthodontics are always open to discussing suitable options for any person interested.
In today’s orthodontic world there are several aesthetic options available.
There are many alternatives to the conventional metal brackets and we present the options best suited for you during our consultation.
Getting braces doesn’t hurt at all—the procedure involves gluing brackets to the surface of your teeth. What patients typically find uncomfortable is the 24-hour period after the braces and wires are placed. This occurs because the teeth are starting to move into alignment may begin to feel loose or sore. Typically, this lasts for a week and during this period, short-term anti-inflammatory drugs and a soft food diet can ease discomfort. Some patients report discomfort from brackets or wires rubbing against their cheeks and lips and so we provide each patient with special orthodontic putty to use as a barrier.
Everybody responds to treatment differently and the vast majority of people have no problems with orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontists are dentists that in addition to dental school have completed 2-3 years of post-dental school training strictly in the field of orthodontics. With more experience and training in orthodontics, we are able to treat cases with a variety of techniques as well as take on the most complicated orthodontic problems not commonly handled in general practices. Specialists in Canada are required to pass a series of examinations held by the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC). All treatment will be personally overseen by Dr. Wong, a Certified Specialist in Orthodontics.
Because each case brings with it a separate set of complexities, without an examination and orthodontic records it is difficult to give an accurate time of treatment. Typical orthodontic cases average between 18-24 months.
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