Dental braces or orthodontic braces are devices used to straighten your teeth, form proper alignment, or correct the postioning of your bite. At Calgary Smile Clinic in Calgary uses orthodontics to correct:
Straightening your smile with orthodontics will not only improve you appearance, it will improve your overall health. Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to clean, making it harder for plaque to hide in crevices. Improving your bite will also create more flattering facial features which can be disrupted by irregular bites.
During your FREE consult at Calgary Smile Clinic in Calgary, your smile will be evaluated and the options best suited to your individual needs and comfort will be explained to you. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have. Allow us to invite you to a better smile today!
An orthodontist is a dental specialist trained in the treatment of facial and dental irregularities such as malocclusions (bad bites) as well as correctly aligning the jawbone. Orthodontic treatment at Calgary Smile Clinic is available to children, pre-teens, teens and adults.
Misalignments of the teeth and jaw can cause a variety of debilitating problems such as difficulty chewing, speech defects, and difficulty maintaining proper oral hygiene.
Calgary Smile Clinic has expertise you are looking for in a qualified dental provider. By straightening your smile into proper alignment, you can maintain better oral hygiene and in turn better overall health.
The type of dental braces you choose for your orthodontic treatment at Calgary Smile Clinic will depend on a number of factors such as:
Whatever the needs your individual case calls for, Calgary Smile Clinic in Calgary is sure to correct your smile with treatment you are comfortable with. Below we have listed several orthodontic choices to give you a better idea.
Traditional Braces: These metal braces are made of a combination of stainless steel and nickel titanium and are safely bonded to the surface of each tooth. A wire secured by tiny elastics will join these dental brackets together. The wire is what actually move the teeth into proper alignment and can be decorated with elastics in a variety of colors.
Damon Braces: Unlike traditional braces, the Damon system uses self-litigating brackets. These brackets slide open and closed and don't require the use of elastics to hold a wire. The benefit of this system, without added pressure from the elastics the teeth are more comfortable and are able to move more freely. Because the pressure from the elastics is taken out of the equation, heavier wires are able to be implemented potentially moving your teeth into alignment more quickly.
The Damon system also offers clear brackets for image conscious patients.
Ceramic Braces: Cermaic braces are a popular choice as they aren't as visible as metal brackets. These brackets are made to blend in with the natural color of your tooth's enamel. Ceramic braces use elastics in either white or clear. Some patients may feel these are more comfortable than metal braces as they may irritate your gums and lips less.
Gold Plated Braces: These braces are made of stainless steel with gold plating. Such braces are useful for patients who may be allergic to nickel. The brackets bond well with the tooth surface and some patients feel the gold plating gives off a 'softer' appearance than the traditional metal braces. Other patients may simply prefer the look of gold over silver.
Lingual Braces: Lingual braces work to align your smile the same way traditional braces do. The key difference is that these brackets are bonded onto the back of your teeth. This way the brackets and metal wires are not visible. It is important to note that the brackets placed along the inside of your mouth may take some gettng used to, but many patients adapt within a few days. Some patients may also experience a temporary slight lisp.
Invisalign Clear Braces: Invisalign clear braces is a system that aligns your smile without the use of brackets or wires. Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners custom made for your smile which are switched out every 2 weeks. Each aligner will signify a new movement in the progression of your smile. The appealing aspect of Invisalign (aside from being virtually unnoticeable) is that they are comfortable and removeable so that you can eat and brush/floss as your normally would.
Are you living in Calgary and thinking about getting dental braces? It is never to late to get a straight smile. Today in Calgary, adults make up almost half of orthodontic cases. Your teeth play a major role in first impressions and how others view you. Having a straight smile often makes patients appear more accomplished, successful and well taken care of.
In some cases, adults chose to undergo orthodontic treatment simply because their parents couldn't provide it for them as children. Adults also understand and value the process of having straight teeth and are more likely to comply with treatment.
Today's technology has also allowed for orthodontic braces to be manufactured in a more cosmetic friendly manner. Brackets are smaller, less noticeable, and there now exists a wide variety of treatment plans to choose from.
Having straight teeth also helps promote your overall heath. Teeth that are crooked or misaligned allow for bacteria and plaque buildup which can lead to painful gingivitis and gum disease. Having a misaligned bite prevents patients from being able to chew their food properly and can lead to gastrointenstinal problems. Believe it or not, many diseases originate within the mouth and so oral health plays a crucial role in staying healthy and strong.
Calgary Smile Clinic is also proudly offers dental financing for patients looking for a more affordable way to improve their smile.
One of the most common questions we hear from our orthodontic patients at Calgary Smile Clinic is whether the placement of braces will cause pain or discomfort. The placing of orthodontic braces does not hurt at all. The brackets are safely bonded to your teeth using dental cement. The brackets themselves don't do any of the work, they simply act as an anchor to hold the wire and elastics/ligatures in place.
Once the wire is applied to the dental braces you may feel some slight pressure. The placement of elastics on the wire may feel 'tight'. Remember its a tiny rubber band on your teeth so slight pressure is to be expected. This light pressure is a wonderful thing. It means progess. It means you teeth are slowly beginning to move and your ideal smile is just on the horizon.
The mild pressure the dental braces exert on your teeth may last a couple days, it may last one day, or you may not even experience it at all. This will depend on your level of sensitivity. Either way, it is temporary.
All appliances used in Calgary Smile Clinic are cutting edge and designed to exert a light but continuous pressure on the teeth in order to create an ideal alignment. Your lips and tongue will adjust to the presence of the brackets. The same thing goes for any other orthodontic appliances such as expanders.
Over the counter pain medication such as Motin or Advil may be taken to relieve any discomfort you may experience upon the initial application of your braces.
You may find that you teeth are sore when eating during the first couple days of your orthodontic braces treatment. This is normal and temporary. Until your teeth adjust, you may want to stick to softer foods and liquids to ease any discomfort.
The cost of your orthodontic treatment will vary depending on a variety of factors such as the method of treatment, the type of dental braces, the severity of your case, the experience of your dentist or orthodontist, your dental insurance coverage, etc.
Calgary Smile Clinic accepts all major dental insurance companies. If you have any questions concerning your dental insurance coverage contact your dental insurance company. We will also glady provide your dental insurance with x-rays and/or diagnostic reports to show the necessity of your treatment.
For patients who do not have dental insurance or whose dental insurance does not cover treatment, Calgary Smile Clinic offers orthodontic dental financing. Orthodontic financing provides Calgary patients with an affordable orthodontic payment solution so that you can receive the treatment you deserve.
Calgary Smile Clinic also offers special offers for dental procedures so be sure to check with us to learn more about our current promotions.