Conventional braces are usually preferred for children and teens but some adults choose them as well. The straightforward orthodontic method makes it possible to address bite concerns in patients as young as seven years old. Correcting tooth misalignment while your child’s orofacial anatomy is still developing can help them to avoid more complex orofacial corrective needs in the future.

The stainless-steel brackets are attached to the patient’s teeth using a type of cement and these are then linked to one another using a thin wire. This then guides the teeth to move into their ideal positions. The wire is connected to each tooth bracket using o-rings or ligatures and these simply resemble tiny elastics. One of the most fun aspects of conventional metal braces is being able to choose what colour elastics you’d like each month. Some patients like to get very creative!

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Metal Braces?

Most of our traditional orthodontic patients are children and teens; however, adults make good candidates for this treatment as well. Because conventional bracket and wire systems allow us to address more serious bite issues, traditional designs are appropriate for everything from mild to more severe alignment needs.

Length of Treatment

Every patient’s smile is different from the next. During your consultation, we can provide you with a good estimate as to how long it will take to properly align your bite. Most individuals complete their treatment somewhere between 12-24 months. If the braces are for cosmetic purposes (meaning that we are only aligning the front teeth) as opposed to comprehensive, the duration is typically much shorter.

Caring for Your Braces During Treatment

There are a few things you should keep in mind to ensure that your time spent in braces is effective and beneficial to your overall smile.

  • Floss daily, using appropriate threaders or a water flosser to clean between teeth.
  • Brush thoroughly around each bracket and along the gumline to prevent gingivitis and new cavity formation.
  • Avoid sticky or hard, crunchy foods as these may damage your orthodontic appliances.
  • Keep your regularly scheduled appointments, so that treatment can progress in a timely manner.

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Invisalign®/Clear Aligners

Say goodbye to braces and hello to a beautiful new smile!

Invisalign®/Clear Aligners is a state-of-the-art orthodontic option that helps align teeth without the use of traditional metal braces. The Invisalign®/Clear Aligners uses a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth.

Each set of custom-made, clear aligners is created specifically for your smile and slides right over your teeth. You will need to wear these aligners all day, except during meals or when you brush and floss your teeth. The aligners are changed approximately every two weeks, gradually progressing your treatment. Most Invisalign® patients complete their care within 12-18 months.

Fewer, Shorter Dental Visits

Regularly scheduled visits during treatment ensure everything is progressing well and allow you to bring your next several sets of aligners home with you. Since no adjustments are needed, Invisalign® patients enjoy fewer, shorter trips to the dentist.

Call us to book an appointment with us to determine if Invisalign®/Clear Aligners is right for you.