Intra-oral scanners have modernized the way we do orthodontics. By utilizing the latest in intra-oral scanning technology, Dr. Ayers can obtain a digital impression of your mouth and teeth. West Shore Orthodontics’ 2nd generation iTero Element scanner uses optical and laser scanning to achieve a high level of precision and accuracy without powder or complicated hovering.
Intra-oral scanning allows Dr. Ayers and the staff at West Shore Orthodontics to analyze your teeth, design appliances, and communicate with you about your teeth on screen. No goop, gagging and discomfort of traditional impressions.
fast & simple
Braces are hi-tech appliances that are temporarily attached to teeth. By attaching a modern wire to them, a force is applied in a controlled manner to move the teeth within the jaw bone. Thankfully modern day braces are sleek and esthetic. They come in a variety of colours and materials, and patients can chose from ceramic (white), metal (silver) or champagne!
West Shore Orthodontics uses the latest technologies that includes self-ligating brackets, heat activated nickel titanium wires, ceramic brackets, and digital 3-Dimensional virtual set-ups in order to achieve the best possible treatment outcome as comfortably and quickly as possible. Life is all about choice, and we offer our patients choices in their braces. You can chose from silver, champagne, or clear ceramic braces, and can pick whether you want bright coloured elastics or no visible colours.
We’ll review the different types of braces with you in more detail when you come in for your initial complimentary consultation at West Shore Orthodontics. We’re always proud to showcase the latest advancements in orthodontics to our patients!
Invisalign & clear aligners
Invisalign is one type of clear aligner system composed of BPA and BPS free thermoplastic material. Clear aligners (whether they’re made by Invisalign or another company) work by placing selective pressure on the teeth, changing their position to create your ideal smile. One of the best parts of Invisalign and other types of clear aligners is that the trays are removable, meaning eating and teeth cleaning are a breeze.
A certified specialist in orthodontics has the fundamental core knowledge and training to achieve an Invisalign outcome that not only looks good, but also creates a healthy bite. There’s a reason why orthodontists in Canada spend an additional 3 years learning how to move teeth. If you’ve ever wondered whether you would be a good candidate for Invisalign, call us to arrange a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ayers.
Surgical orthodontics is a type of orthodontic treatment that is needed when the jaw bones are in a severe discrepancy. In these exceptional circumstances, patients can’t successfully be treated by moving the teeth within the jaw bones, the jaw bones themselves require movement.
Surgical orthodontic treatment requires a team approach between two dental specialists, your orthodontist and your oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Working together, they can achieve the best possible outcome.
Whether the skeletal problem is the upper jaw, the lower jaw, or both jaws, we work to create a balanced facial appearance, a healthy bite and a broad smile.
Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
While at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Ayers’ Master’s of Science degree focused on Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome in children and adolescents. The oral cavity is a crucial part of the airway and there are certain red flags in growth and development that can indicate potential problems with sleep-disordered breathing. While an overnight hospital based sleep study remains the gold standard of diagnosis, possible signs of OSAS will be screened for at your child’s initial clinical exam.