Anyone can get braces no matter what your age is, but treatment is often best received in children between the ages of 10-14. This age is when most children will have most of their permanent teeth come in, but their mouths and jaw are still growing, allowing them to be more susceptible to adjustments.
Treatment time can also vary depending on what work needs to be done, and sooner is indeed better when seeking orthodontic treatment. The important thing is that it is never too late to fix your smile and reap the benefits of a healthy mouth. Some of the issues braces can fix include:
Closing gaps in the teeth is one of the more simple braces treatments, and gaps in your teeth can lead to issues like gum disease.
Teeth can sometimes overlap and become jumbled and tight in the mouth, and it is important to straighten and spread the teeth out to reduce wear, loss, and bite issues.
Having straight teeth not only is aesthetically pleasing, but also helps reduce the risk of breaks and chips, as well as makes it easier to keep your teeth clean and healthy.
Having an issue with your bite can lead to many other oral health issues, including gum disease, tooth decay, speech problems, and jaw pain.
There are several different kinds of braces, and depending on what treatment you need and/or personal preference, our North Stony Dentists can decide which option is the best fit for you. Furthermore, there are other options such as Invisalign and Myobrace if traditional braces aren’t your preferred route of treatment. Each different kind of traditional braces has their own pros and cons, and can be broken down as follows:
The most traditional style, tried and true for the best results and time efficient, but hard to hide.
White in colour so as to blend into your teeth, a good option if you want to reduce the look of braces, but more expensive than metal braces.
Applied to the inside of your teeth, therefore the most discreet option of the three, but can also cost a bit more than traditional metal braces.
Again, it depends on your personal preference (aesthetics) and what kind of work needs to be done. During your initial free consultation our dentists will go over the options with you, as well as answer any questions you have, so as to ensure you’re completely happy with the treatment plan you have chosen.
Getting braces can be boiled down to three simple steps: Consultation, Application, and Upkeep, and each step will proceed as follows:
Decided you want to look for orthodontics in Edmonton? You can book online or by phone to schedule a free consultation with our North Stony dentists. During the initial consultation we will take X-rays, photos, and a 3D scan of your teeth and jaw, and begin formulating a treatment plan for your individual needs. At this time we can also set up payment plans as well as answer any and all questions you have about your orthodontic treatment and care plan so as to ensure your mind is at ease for the upcoming application.
The application process for braces is a simple, painless procedure, although it can take up to two hours to complete. Each individual bracket needs to be bonded to your teeth using a special cementing agent and a black light to harden. Once they are all bonded and aligned on your teeth, a metal wire will be threaded through each bracket, and secured at each end at the back of the mouth. The application will be complete in no time, and without the need for sedation or other forms of anaesthetic.
There are some rules and changes to daily life you will have to abide by, such as certain dietary restrictions so as to ensure your braces remain strong and able to do their job. Furthermore, you will need to come back in approximately every 6 weeks for adjustments and tightening of the wire to progress the treatment.
At North Stony Dental, we understand that cost and financing can be a deterrent to many people seeking orthodontic care. However, our dentists are passionate about working with you to find a treatment and payment plan that fits your budget, and many people can get the orthodontic treatment they need for as little as $4999.
In addition, our office offers different payment plans so as to ease the cost and ensure the process is simple as possible, with weekly payments as low as $40! This cost includes everything you’ll need for the orthodontic treatment, including the consultation, application, checkups, and retainers. And it is during your initial consultation that we can work together to find the plan that fits you best.
Yes, the majority of Canadian Insurance plans do cover the cost of orthodontic treatments, including braces! You can talk to your health insurance provider to find further details on what they will cover throughout the process. In the case the orthodontic insurance doesn’t cover everything, then you can work with our North Stony dentists to find a plan to cover the rest!
Upon completing your braces treatment, it will be necessary for you to be fitted with a retainer, which you will need to use indefinitely. There are two primary types of retainer: removable plastic retainers and permanent fixed retainers.
Removable Plastic Retainers often are molded to the shape of the inside of your mouth, with wires that extend over and around your teeth to spread across the front of your smile. During the first several months after the braces are removed, this appliance will need to be worn full time with the exception of meals. After approximately 6 months however, you can switch to only wearing this retainer at nighttime.
Permanent Fixed Retainers are bonded to the inside of your teeth, often spreading across the front six teeth on either the top or bottom of your mouth. These retainers are discrete and almost unnoticeable by the wearer over time, and will remain in your mouth permanently.
Cleaning retainers is simple but varies based on the type. If the retainer is removable, you can pop it out to do your regular oral hygiene routine, and brush the retainer separately before putting it back in place. If the retainer is permanent, you can brush over it like normally, and we will provide you with special tools to help you floss under the wire.
Many of our orthodontic patients can complete their entire treatment for $4999, but our pricing varies anywhere from $2999-$6199. We also offer 0% interest payment plans, so as to ensure your orthodontic treatment won’t break the bank.
Yes! We offer different financing options to suit your needs, with 0% financing and extended monthly payment plans, you can pay as little as $40/week!
At North Stony dental, we recommend avoiding foods that are difficult to eat and will put unnecessary strain on your braces. These food included chewy foods such as caramels, licorice, and bagels, hard foods such as hard candy, nuts, and taco shells, and foods you have to bite into such as apples and corn on the cob.
It is recommended by the Canadian Dental Association to get an orthodontic assessment done before age 7. While you can wait for all adult teeth to come in before seeking treatment, it is generally preferable to begin treatment when you have a combination of adult and baby teeth present. The sooner is considered better, since many problems are easier to fix before all adult teeth come in.
Absolutely! There are a number of issues that can arise if dental health is ignored, and properly aligned teeth play a significant role. Misaligned teeth can lead to issues such as gum disease, avoidable wear and tear, breaking, jaw issues, and airway issues.
The free consultation will provide you with an orthodontic assessment to plan and discuss which method of treatment would be best suited to your individual case. We will review the treatment options available and come to an agreement on preferred course of action, and at this time we can also discuss financing options if necessary. This is also the perfect time to voice and questions or concerns you may have before starting treatment.
The actual application of the braces is a painless process, but it is common to feel some discomfort in the days following the application, as well as after any tightening, as your mouth adjusts to the change. At these times we recommend soft foods to reduce irritation, and the use of ibuprofen if necessary to reduce soreness.