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.