These days it’s becoming more and more common to see adults at our Edmonton, AB and Spruce Grove, AB offices getting their teeth straightened with Invisalign clear aligners — that is, if you can see them! Treatment with Invisalign is effective and aesthetically pleasing for all ages, but adults have certainly taken to them.

For some it may be to overcome the stigma that “braces are just for kids,” but for others it may be the appearance and potential discomforts of traditional braces. According to the Canadian Association of Orthodontics, from 1994 to 2010 the number of adults 18 and older getting braces increased by 58 percent, from 680,000 to 1.1 million annually. Many of these adults opt for Invisalign because of how discreet they are and flexible to your lifestyle – with the ability to remove them to eat your favourite foods and drinks.

The benefits of getting your teeth into proper alignment are many, and so are the advantages of Invisalign. By following your individual course of Invisalign treatment, you can expect to enjoy the following benefits over traditional braces:

  • The total treatment time is more precise with Invisalign since your treatment is modeled immediately, as compared to traditional braces where treatment time is an estimate.
  • You’ll need to make fewer trips to our Edmonton, AB or Spruce Grove, AB office since you can change your trays on your own every few weeks or as prescribed.
  • Invisalign aligners are clear and practically invisible, so most people won’t even know you’re wearing them!

If you’re interested in Invisalign treatment, please let Dr. Miles know. We’d be happy to help you on your journey to a straighter, healthier smile! Contact us today to book a FREE consultation!


A very common question we are asked often is, what is not too young or when is the best time to start treatments?  The easiest way to measure is after your child has lost their primary teeth and the permanent teeth are growing in.  This is when many of the indicators present themselves.  It may be a lack of jaw space which could lead to overcrowding teeth.  This often results in an overbite or cross bite, resulting in a malocclusion.

Age seven is generally a good age to visit an orthodontist.  It is typically a good age to spot indicators of what you may anticipate when the rest of the permanent teeth finally start to erupt through the gums.  It is at this age which children are on the cusp of losing those baby teeth and permanent teeth are taking over. Although all baby teeth may not be gone, at this age an orthodontist can often gauge the need for further care.

Once the need for braces has been determined, there are a few factors which come into play as to when is the best time to start treatment:

Although there is not a set age to get started, customarily treatment can start once the child has lost most of their baby teeth. This can be anywhere between ages eight to eleven.  While there may be initial discomfort, starting as early as possible, especially to correct a severe malocclusion, is best. An early start allows for correction while teeth and bones in gum tissue are still forming and growing. The older the patient, the longer it takes to shift teeth to their correct position. Therefore starting early can shorten the process.   The severity of the malocclusion may also dictate when to start the treatment and the type of orthodontics that are needed. If only moderate corrections are needed, waiting may be advised until more permanent teeth have come in.

Parents and caregivers can help by providing clues for the Orthodontist about needed treatment and when to get started.  Things like; if the patient sucks their thumb or fingers? Is there any difficulty in breathing or swallowing? Does the child breathe with their mouth open the majority of the time? Although Dr. Miles will often recognize these issues during a consultation, affirmation from the parent and commitment to pursue correction is vital.

A young child may not appreciate the reward of early intervention; however, the results will speak for themselves. Straight teeth will provide the basis for excellent oral health while the aesthetic value will lead to a lifetime of beautiful smiles.  Contact Dr. Miles to schedule an appointment today.


Early orthodontic treatment, known as Phase One, usually begins when the child is eight or nine years old. The goal is to correct bite problems such as an underbite as well as guide the jaw’s growth pattern. It also helps to make room in the mouth for the permanent teeth to be properly placed as they come in. This will greatly reduce the risk of the child needing extractions later in life due to his or her teeth getting crowded.

Does your child need early orthodontic treatment?

There are several ways that you can determine whether your child needs early treatment. If you observe any of these characteristics or behaviors, you should talk to Dr. Miles.

  • Early loss of baby teeth (before age five)
  • Lat loss of baby teeth (after age five or six)
  • The child’s teeth do not meet properly or at all
  • The child is a mouth breather
  • Front teeth are crowded (you won’t see this until the child is about seven or eight)
  • Protruding teeth, typically in the front
  • Biting or chewing difficulties
  • A speech impediment
  • The child’s jaw shifts when he or she opens or closes the mouth
  • The child is older than five years and still sucks a thumb

What are the benefits of seeking orthodontic treatment early?

Early orthodontic treatment is begun while the child’s jaw bones are still soft. They do not harden until the children reach their late teens. Because the bones are still pliable, corrective procedures such as braces work faster than they do for adults.

In short, early treatment at our Edmonton and Spruce Grove offices often allows your child to avoid lengthy procedures, extraction, and surgery in adulthood. Early treatment is an effective preventive measure that lays the foundation for a healthy, stable mouth in adulthood.


There are many questions one can ask when deciding between traditional braces and Invisalign retainers. If you are considering one of the two, the following will help you understand the two treatments and give you some of the pros and cons. You will want to choose the treatment that gets the job done for you, even if it is a little more costly, as you don’t want to have to continue post treatment when it doesn’t fully correct the current issues you have with your teeth.

Both Invisalign and traditional braces are designed to straighten your teeth, giving you or your child a beautifully straight smile.

Traditional Braces: have been one of the main sources of treatment used by many orthodontists. They consist of metal brackets that are glued to your teeth and connected via wire and/or rubber bands. As time has progressed, so has the technology. You can now change the colour of the brackets to be a little more camouflaged with your enamel, making them more subtle and less obvious that you have braces. The issue with traditional braces is that they must stay on 24/7 for an average length of 2 years. While traditional braces can resolve certain issues Invisalign cannot, Dr. Miles recommends the use of a new breakthrough brace treatment known as the Damon System.

Invisalign: is a procedure that allows you to straighten your teeth without anybody knowing. They’re pretty much invisible to the naked eye. With a perfectly fitted aligner tray, completely smooth and comfortable, your teeth will be moved in a gentle subtle way. Dr. Miles will use X-rays and impressions of your teeth to create this totally custom aligner tray that fits your mouth. You will change aligners regularly throughout your treatment about every 2-3 weeks, with an average visit to the office 4-6 weeks. The average length of an Invisalign treatment is 7-18 months, depending on the patient’s current condition.

While both braces and Invisalign can straighten teeth, they each have pros and cons. It will take a close examination by arguably one of the best orthodontists that Edmonton and Spruce Grove Alberta have to offer, to help you choose the right option for you. At The Smile Spot we will provide information you need to help make the decision on which treatment to ensue that will get you the megawatt smile you deserve!


We recognize that every patient has unique orthodontic needs, and we pride ourselves in the courteous service we deliver to each person who walks through our doors. Dr. Miles and our team are committed to helping you achieve the beautiful smile and healthy bite that you deserve. We are a respected provider of orthodontic care in your community. Located in Edmonton and Spruce Grove, Alberta.

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