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At Budd Orthodontics we strive to give you a beautiful smile, using the latest techniques, equipment and knowledge.  At the same time, we want to make your time with us a memorable and enjoyable one.  Pleasant staff and a relaxed atmosphere are of paramount importance to Dr. Budd, as he wants each patient to be treated like a person, not a number.


At Budd Orthodontics, we are pleased to offer you a variety of choices in braces to help straighten your teeth. It is important to remember that appliances are not created equally, and that there are advantages and disadvantages to each. Dr. Budd and his staff will review these with you in detail when it is time to choose the right appliance for you.

SPEED™ System Braces

In Dr. Budd's opinion, SPEED braces are the finest appliance on the market today.  Not only are they up to 50% smaller than traditional braces, but their rounded edges and self-ligating nature mean that they are also very comfortable.  More importantly, they are easier to keep clean than traditional braces, so you will be able to keep your breath fresh and your gums healthy during your treatment period. Dr. Budd is proud to say that he is the exclusive SPEED System provider in Langley.


If esthetics are of paramount importance to you, but your case demands the mechanical advantage that only fixed braces can give you, then Clarity braces may be the choice for you. Clarity™ braces by 3M Unitek, are ceramic in nature and thus blend in to the natural colour of your teeth.



3M Victory™ Series Braces

Dr. Budd also offers the more traditional braces for those patients who would like to have to option of placing different coloured elastomeric ligatures on their braces.  3M Victory™ Series braces are made to exacting standards and are of the finest quality.




invisalign® straightens teeth by wearing a series of clear aligners that gradually shift your teeth into a more ideal position.  Invisalign aligners have two major advantages over tradtional braces:  They are almost invisable, and they are easily removable for oral hygiene.  Some cases are better suited than others for  invisalign® treatment, and Dr. Budd will be able to determine if this treatment modality is right for you.



Surgical orthodontics is a combination of orthodontic treatment (with braces) and orthognathic surgery to properly correct your malocclusion.

Who needs surgical orthodontics?
Patients who have severe skeletal discrepancies between their upper and lower jaws generally benefit from surgical orthodontics. The majority of skeletal growth should be finished before orthognathic surgery is performed.  Jaw growth is usually completed by age 16 for girls and 18 for boys, but treatment can begin 12-18 months prior since the pre-surgical movement phase can be performed while the patient is still growing.

How does it work?
Surgical orthodontics starts off just like regular orthodontics…you get braces!  For the next 9-12 months, your braces will work to straighten, level and align the teeth.  However, because the jaws are not lined up properly, the way your teeth fit together will actually get worse.  Then, when the orthodontist and oral surgeon feel you are ready, orthognathic surgery will be performed on one or both jaws to properly line up your teeth and give you the best facial balance/esthetics possible.  After the surgery, the orthodontist will need a few months to do some final "detailing" to make everything perfect.  The braces will remain on your teeth before, during, and after the surgery.


By definition, orthopedics means "correction of the skeletal system".  As a Certified Specialist in Orthodontics, Dr. Budd is also a Certified Specialist in Dentofacial Orthopedics.

What are some examples of Orthopedics?

  • Palatal expanders to make the upper jaw wider
  • Functional appliances (such as the Twin Block) to encourage growth and projection of the lower jaw
  • Facemasks to protract the upper jaw to help in correction of underbites

How will I know if my child requires orthopedics?
At your initial consultation, Dr. Budd can determine if your child would benefit from orthopedic intervention.

Emergency Treatment

General Soreness – it is not unusual for your teeth to be tender or sore following initial placement of the braces or following an orthodontic adjustment.  The best way to deal with soreness is to stick to a soft diet, and if needed, take a mild analgesic such as TylenolTM (always check with a physician before taking a new medication)

Loose bracket/band – please phone our office ASAP and we will arrange a time for you to come in and have the bracket/band recemented.  If needed, place some orthodontic wax over the bracket to help reduce any irritation

Poking wire – Try using a pencil eraser to push the poking wire down, or place some orthodontic wax over the portion of the wire that is poking.  If that does not help, then use a sharp pair of nail clippers to snip the offending piece. 

Loose wire – sometimes the archwires will feel loose.  It can be because the archwire has come out of the orthodontic bracket, or it can be simply because the archwire is one that is very light and flexible.  When you first start treatment, Dr. Budd will likely have placed a very light and flexible wire that will move and bend when you touch it.  This is perfectly normal, but if you are unsure, please give us a call and we will be happy set up an appointment to check your appliances.

Loose Appliance - such as a space maintainer or palatal expander.   Please call our office and we will schedule an appointment to have it cemented.   If it comes out completely, please place the appliance somewhere safe and bring it with you to your appointment.

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