Orthodontics Treatment in Calgary, AB
Having crooked teeth can be more than unsightly; they can cause some serious dental issues. When you eat, food particles can get trapped between teeth where it’s hard to remove by brushing or flossing. If the food isn’t removed, it can deteriorate and cause tooth decay. To straighten your teeth, you may be referred to a dentist whose specialty is orthodontics.
How Do Orthodontists Fix Crooked Teeth?
The most common treatment for repairing crooked teeth is to fit braces on them to force them back into their proper positions. If teeth are crooked because they are overcrowded, then one of our orthodontists at Sedona Dental may recommend extractions to give the teeth room to spread along the jaw.
Then, once the gums are healed, which takes about two weeks, the orthodontist in Calgary will re-evaluate the teeth and recommend the best type of braces for getting the teeth into alignment. You may have a choice between:
- Metal braces
- Ceramic braces
- Clear, plastic aligners
Traditional or Metal Braces
Orthodontists usually recommend metal or traditional braces in moderate to severe cases when teeth are crooked. These braces use rubber bands and wires to tighten them to gradually move teeth into position. Thanks to modern dental technology, metal braces are smaller than just a few years ago. They also use body heat to move the braces into position quicker too.
Ceramic braces do the same job that metal braces do, but they are more discreet. The color of the wires can be either clear or white to blend in better with patients’ teeth. Adults like these braces better because they are not easy for others to see at a distance. However, they are more expensive than metal braces.
The ultimate in discreet braces are clear, plastic aligners like Invisalign®️ aligners. They come in sets of trays that the patient changes every two weeks. Each tray is tighter than the last one to help force teeth into position, or alignment. The aligners are for mild to moderately crooked teeth.
If your teeth are crooked and you are thinking of having them repaired, contact us at Sedona Dental in Calgary to make an appointment with one of our experienced orthodontists.