Orthodontics & Invisalign
Orthodontics is an area of dentistry that involves attachment of brackets or “braces” to teeth, connected by wires that are periodically adjusted, which creates movement of teeth, ultimately providing a more harmonious alignment of teeth and facial bone structure. Keep reading to learn more about different teeth straightening options for adults and children.
Improving Your Smile
Orthodontics can have a large impact on the development of a beautiful, healthy smile by simply straightening your teeth. Not only does your smile end up looking great, but straighter teeth will be easier to keep clean, catch less food, and form less cavities.
Make a dental appointment at our Calgary SE dental clinic and our experienced dentist Dr. Jeffrey Ma can thoroughly explain your options, from standard braces to speed braces and Invisalign. Before you leave our office, we'll make sure you have the information you need to make the right decision for you and your family.
While traditional braces for adults and children have proven effective, there have been several new orthodontic advancements in recent years. One of the greatest breakthroughs is “speed braces”, also known as “fast braces”, which are passive self-ligating brackets with special “memory wires.” When these two elements are used as a system, it results in teeth moving quickly through the bone with continuous light forces. These gentle forces also develop bone along with the movement of the teeth, which aids in the stability of the teeth in the new position.
Invisalign & Clear Braces – An Alternative to Conventional Braces
An alternative to conventional braces is a more contemporary form of teeth straightening called Invisalign, which is basically a series of clear tray aligners that are customized to your specific mouth shape and the changing contour of your teeth.
The Invisalign aligners fit snuggly over your teeth, ultimately becoming invisible during the process. Invisalign “aligners” have no metal brackets or wires to adjust, and the entire process has little impact on your daily life and most people won’t even notice you are wearing the Invisalign tray. But, once the process is complete, everyone will definitely notice your brilliant, straight smile!
Invisalign Clear Braces
Early Childhood Orthodontics
Did you know that your kids can have orthodontic treatment as early as age 7? We can help to develop your children's jaw and facial growth to minimize future orthodontic problems and minimize future orthodontic treatment. Sometimes, 6 months of wearing a retainer early on can save on years of braces in the future! Ask us about “early orthodontics” or any other of our Calgary dental services at your next appointment with Friends and Family Dental Health.