Orthodontics is so much more than just aesthetics! It can help correct slight to severe tooth and jaw alignment issues, which can lead to further dental procedures later in life. Orthodontic care can help with better jaw function, increased ability to clean teeth, and promotes more even placement and wear on teeth, which means increased longevity of your smile.
For children, orthodontic treatment is focused on early intervention by improving overall tooth spacing, jaw coordination, and intercepting problems such as:
- Arch size differences
- Excess teeth
- Ensuring adult teeth are properly positioned to decrease the risk of breakage
You should consider orthodontic care for children there is a family history of teeth crowding, missing teeth, or jaw relation issues or there are concerns about the aesthetics of your child’s smile.
Although, orthodontics is not just for kids! According to the Canadian Association of Orthodontists, one in four orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. For teens and adult patients, orthodontic care is focused on ensuring that the teeth are in the correct position and form an appropriate bite.
We focus on preventative care and general dentistry at Lewis Estates Dental and we truly value the trust that you place in us. Based on an initial assessment and the specifics of the orthodontic needs, Dr. Bains can refer you to one of her colleagues who specializes in orthodontics in West Edmonton for further evaluation and treatment options.
The great news is that with advances in orthodontics, patients have several options to correct their smile based on your assessment with the Orthodontist, your treatment plan, and budget.
Metal braces are made of high-quality stainless steel which uses wires attached to o-rings on the front of the tooth. They generally produce the quickest results and are usually the least expensive out of all the types of braces. For kids and teens, the o-rings can come in fun colours, which can help them accept their braces with a little more enthusiasm.
Lingual braces are similar to traditional metal braces, but they are bonded to the back of the teeth instead of the front, making it a more aesthetically pleasing option, as they are invisible. They also are quite effective at correcting bite issues and more comfortable as they don’t cause discomfort on the lips. Although, there are some drawbacks: They are more expensive, they can give you a temporary lisp, and they take longer than metal braces to correct orthodontic issues.
Ceramic braces can be colour matched to your teeth and with clear wires they can really blend in and be far less noticeable than metal braces. They tend to produce results and align teeth faster than invisible aligners, but not as quickly as metal braces. These may be good braces for adults if you desire a less conspicuous option.
Clear braces are a series of soft plastic aligners that are generally switched every two weeks to incrementally straighten your smile. They are generated from teeth impressions in conjunction with computer-generated models to create the moulds that move your teeth into the ideal position. They are a great option for teens and adults who might want a less conspicuous treatment method.
The Benefits of Clear Braces
The biggest benefit of clear braces is that they are clear and nearly invisible. The aligners can be removed while eating so patients don’t have to worry about food getting stuck in their teeth, like they do with metal, ceramic, or lingual braces. The treatment time with clear aligners is also significantly shorter than with metal or ceramic braces, usually lasting 6-18 months, depending on the specific needs of a patient.
The Drawbacks of Clear Braces
Clear braces have a lot of benefits, but there are some drawbacks of this treatment option. First, it is generally more expensive than braces, especially if you misplace your aligner! Also, not every patient is a candidate for clear aligners. Some patient’s teeth are just too severely misaligned and their orthodontic issues may be too challenging to treat with this method.
Learn More About Your Treatment Options
If you think orthodontic care may be right for you, book an appointment contact Dr. Bains at Lewis Estates Dental Clinic. You will undergo an initial assessment and referral to the appropriate Orthodontics specialist will be determined based on your dental history and current needs.