Orthodontic
Treatment

Do you dislike the way you smile or have been told you need braces to align your teeth? You came to the right place. At Galaxy dental, we can help you get an out of the world smile. Orthodontic treatment can be an intimidating process so we laid out this extensive guide that could help you finalize your decision. Our prices are competitive because we want you to be able to afford it. After all, we believe everyone deserves an out of this world smile.

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Who needs braces?

There are several dental issues that braces could fix. When you come for a FREE Orthodontic Consultation our dentists in Calgary are highly competent in deciding the best course of action for your specific oral situation. If you could relate to one of the following issues, braces might be right for you:

✓ Overcrowding: teeth that are situated closely to each other; makes cleaning tough and affects the appearance of your smile

✓ Gap Teeth: there is noticeable space between two or more teeth; food can easily get stuck here leading to sore gums or gum disease

✓ Malocclusion or misalignment of top and bottom teeth when you bite down. Three types of defective bites are: overbite, underbite and open bite. Overbite is when your upper dental arch overlaps your lower dental arch while underbite is just the other way around – your bottom dental arch extends farther than your top teeth. Furthermore, openbite is when your upper and lower teeth do not come into contact with each other.

✓ Missing lateral incisors: genetically missing teeth

✓ Overjet: front teeth sticking out

✓ Self Esteem Issues: self-conscious about your smile because of the way your teeth look? Braces will give you the confidence of a brand-new smile. 😊

So, how do braces straighten crooked teeth?

Braces utilize constant, gentle pressure that enables the teeth to move into their desired position. Your braces are always at work 24 hours a day & 7 days a week. Braces consist of brackets and the main arch wire that supports them. Affordable Braces could be made up of metal or ceramic (tooth coloured) material that is attached to each tooth. The arch wire is bent to reflect your “ideal” bite or the final look we are striving for at the end of your orthodontic treatment. Proper amount of pressure is needed in order to move the teeth. Attaching elastics (rubber bands) to your braces exert the appropriate “push” that your teeth need. Therefore, it must be worn at all times so that the force is consistent.

Types of Braces

What is best for others might not be what is best for you. During your consultation, you will be offered different types of braces. Carefully read these different options and consult with your dental/orthodontic care provider:

Metal Braces

Metal Braces are your traditional braces. It can only be professionally affixed and removed by a licensed orthodontist/dentist. There are certain food limitations that should be implemented in order to maintain your oral health. Frequent follow-up brace adjustment visits are required so that the dentist can tighten and monitor your orthodontic progress. This process can take up to 3 years to finish.

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Invisalign

Invisalign are clear plastic aligners that move your teeth one tray at a time. Invisalign uses modern technology, obtaining a 3D scan of your teeth and lay out predictable treatment progress and results. You have to wear these aligners a minimum of 22 hours a day; just taking them off when you eat, floss, and brush. The longer you wear this aligner a day the faster your treatment would be. Ideally, you will have to change aligners every 2 weeks. The length of the treatment varies.

Ceramic Braces

Clear Braces / Ceramic Braces

Clear Braces/Ceramic Braces are similar to traditional braces but are less visible; tooth-colored, ceramic brackets along with clear wires are used so people could hardly notice you have braces on. However, these types of Affordable braces are more susceptible to food stains so be mindful of what you eat. Frequent dental visits, again, are required so dental professionals can tighten and monitor your progress.

Do I need to wear a retainer?

Wearing a retainer is necessary because after your full treatment your teeth will shift back to its original position. When you wear a retainer, your teeth are held into their new positions maintaining your orthodontic progress. There are two types of retainers: removable and fixed.

  • Removable are clear, molded plastic that fits over your teeth. At first, you might need to have them on for the whole day, but, eventually just during nighttime. Typically, these are worn for about a year.
  • Fixed retainers are made up of acrylic and bendable wire affixed to the back of your teeth. They come in different colors and styles. Fixed retainers may be worn for several years.

Thinking about braces?

Why not? Book your FREE Ortho Consultation with one of our Calgary dentists today. You got nothing to lose!

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