We have both options to fit your lifestyle.
Teeth-straightening options have never been this wide. With each offering their own benefits Dental braces have come a long way since they were invented in the 1800’s. Currently, the most popular types of braces used include:
- Metal Braces: These are traditional braces most often seen in children and teenagers. Metal braces are the most affordable and use a system of brackets and wires to move the teeth over time.
- Ceramic Braces: These braces work like traditional metal braces, except that the brackets bonded to the teeth are made of ceramic. These are more aesthetic as they can be colour-matched to blend-in with the teeth.
Did you know…
That you do not have to have crooked teeth to benefit from braces? Even patients with a little bit of crowding can benefit from orthodontic treatment. When the teeth are properly aligned, patients can better clean between the teeth, preventing decay and gum disease. Furthermore, teeth that are optimally aligned can help prevent malocclusion complications, such as headaches.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need braces?
Only you and your Orthodontist can determine whether braces are right for you. However, chances are you could benefit from treatment if your teeth are crooked, overlapping or protruding. Schedule an appointment with our Orthodontist, Dr. Anitha Alageshan for more information.
What should I expect while I have braces?
You will have certain dietary restrictions with most types of braces except Invisalign. Some foods, such as hard, sticky and chewy foods, can have an adverse effect on braces and damage the brackets and wires. You will also need to make office visits every 4-6 weeks to have wires tightened. If you have Invisalign, there are no dietary restrictions, as the orthodontic trays are fully removable when eating.
What happens when my orthodontic treatment is complete?
When you have completed your treatment, you will have your braces removed and a retainer will be given. The retainer must be worn at all times initially to help preserve the new placement of your teeth. As time progresses, you may be able to begin wearing your retainer only at night.