If your teeth are crooked or crowded and you desire straighter teeth, orthodontics may be the right type of dental treatment for you. From traditional braces to Invisalign®, Skyview Ranch Dental Clinic offers orthodontics in Calgary. You're never too young or too old to benefit from orthodontics. We provide orthodontic solutions for patients of all ages, whether you want braces or Invisalign®.
Starting at age 7 you should have your children pre-screened to determine the need for orthodontic care. This will allow your dentist to create a plan to prevent potential problems or advise you about future treatment planning.
Getting orthodontics in Calgary can improve your appearance and your dental health. Orthodontic treatments such as braces or Invisalign® treat problems including:
Getting these problems fixed will do more than grant you a straighter smile. If these problems are left untreated they can result in health issues such as:
It’s never too late to get treatment if you want a straighter smile. If you’re interested in getting orthodontics in Calgary as an adult, schedule a consultation with the dentists at Skyview Ranch Dental Clinic.
Braces are used to gently move your teeth into the right position over time. This can take months or even years, depending upon many factors such as your age, the seriousness of your problem, and which type of treatment is used. Typically, it takes longer to treat adults than children or teenagers. Depending on your treatment plan you will have to wear your braces for varying times, but most patients can expect to have them on for 12-24 months. If your bite or spacing problem is complicated you could need braces much longer.
Modern braces are becoming smaller and less noticeable. Braces use brackets combined with wires to move your teeth into the desired position. The most popular types of brackets are metal, ceramic or plastic. These brackets are bonded to your teeth on the front. There are also lingual or concealed brackets that attach to the back of your teeth for a less noticeable option.
Braces can come with several types of appliances beyond the brackets and wires. These extra appliances will help correct problems in your jaw and palate. Two of the most common appliances are the Herbst® appliance and the palatal expander. You may also be required to use elastics or headgear to help your teeth move into their new positions more quickly.
For those desiring even less noticeable orthodontics, Invisalign® offers a modern approach to straightening teeth. Using clear, custom-fitted aligners made of thermoplastic material, Invisalign® gradually shifts your teeth into the proper position by wearing a new aligner every two weeks. Regular braces have metal brackets that can irritate your mouth, but the thermoplastic material of Invisalign® aligners won’t irritate your cheeks or gums. Since there are no wires or brackets to adjust during dental visits, you’ll also spend less time in the dentist’s chair.
When you choose Invisalign® your dentist will create a digital mould of your mouth and use it to create a personal treatment plan. During your Invisalign® treatment plan you will be supplied with a series of aligners from your dentist. Each aligner makes slight adjustments to your teeth position. You will need to wear the aligners 20-22 hours a day to get the best results from each set.
Invisalign® is the perfect orthodontic solution for anyone who wants treatment that is nearly invisible. Since the aligners are removable you can take them out during meals, allowing you to eat any foods you wish. You can also remove them to brush and floss as you normally would for fresh breath and good oral hygiene during treatment.