Braces aren’t just for kids anymore. Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy. We offer a variety of treatments that are designed for different age groups – including adults.
While orthodontic treatment at later stages in life is often to improve aesthetics, improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches and jaw joint wear and pain.
Your options may include metal braces, translucent braces, or transparent aligners (trays) that can be worn at night to improve mild cases of misaligned teeth. Many of our adult patients are surprised to learn that some teeth can be straightened without braces. A set of clear, removable aligners, can sometimes be used in place of traditional braces; the most common brand is called Invisalign although there are now several brands available.
A specialist with advanced training in dental/facial growth and development and tooth positioning is called an orthodontist. We may refer you to see an orthodontist if you have a challenging case. Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment can improve an improper bite (malocclusion). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. This can affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems. Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping. Cross bites can result in unfavourable growth and uneven tooth wear. Open bites can result in tongue-thrust-swallowing habits and speech impediments. Ultimately, orthodontics can do more than make a beautiful smile—it can create a healthier you.
Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment for each patient. The Canadian and American Associations of Orthodontists recommend that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening? By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the bite on the back teeth. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for a beautiful smile.
The Invisalign® system is a clear alternative to traditional metal braces and can be used on teenagers and adults to align their front teeth.
The system has been around for more than a decade and has been used to treats hundreds of thousands of cases across the world. Invisalign can be a useful alternative to traditional orthodontic braces because you wear clear aligners that are not only comfortable but also very discreet.
Invisalign® aligners are removable and as a result are easy to clean and maintain. The aligners can be taken off, brushed, and cleaned. They are always worn except when the patient is eating, brushing, or flossing. The patient changes the aligners every two weeks to keep the progression on its path and move the teeth to the desired position.
With our 3D scanner technology, we can show you what your smile may look like at the end of your treatment.
If you would like to know more about our Orthodontic and Invisalign treatment please give us a call on 780-488-0383 and we will give you a call back to talk through your needs further and to arrange a free consultation to see if you are suitable for orthodontic treatment.
Alternatively you can enter your details into the form below.
If you would like to schedule your first appointment or would simply like to ask a question about the services that we offer, please give us a call on 780-488-0383 and we will give you a call back to talk through your needs further. Alternatively you can enter your details into the form.