Braces, Invisalign and Orthodontic Devices in Burnaby
If you’ve considered straightening your teeth at some point in your life so far, there’s never a bad time to give it another thought. Orthodontics is concerned with diagnosing and treating tooth misalignment, bite corrections and the irregularity or mismatch of the jaws.
Orthodontics can not only improve your appearance it can also improve your mouth’s ability to function by providing a better “bite” and improve the health and longevity of your teeth as straighter teeth are easier to clean, collect less plaque and bacteria.
Whether you’re considering traditional dental braces, retainers or custom dental appliances, like Invisalign, orthodontics can help you achieve the smile you’ve been desired for so long.
Historically, orthodontic treatments were done for teens and pre-teens and maybe you’ve considered or have already provided braces for your own children. Many adults are now considering having their teeth straightened. Today, adults make up around 30 percent of all orthodontic treatments and that number continues to grow, year-by-year.
Advantages Of Orthodontic Braces
If you’re considering getting braces, it’s important to consider the advantages of having aligned teeth – and there are many. These include easier cleaning, better oral hygiene, clearer speech and a more pleasant smile.
Though orthodontic treatment can be effective at any age, timing is important. Ideally, an orthodontic assessment should be performed around the age of 7, mainly because your dentist can anticipate any early problems that may affect the development and growth of the jaws. In these situations, some early preventative treatment can be extremely beneficial.
For others it may be best to wait until most or all of the permanent teeth have erupted so that the treatment is done efficiently and does not take longer than necessary.
The earlier orthodontic treatment begins, the more quickly the problem can be successfully resolved.
Braces For Teens And Children
Although patients of any age can benefit from dental braces, they tend to work much quicker on children, pre-teens and teenagers.
Both the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) and the Canadian Association of Orthodontists (CAO-ACO) recommends that children should first see an orthodontist around the age of 7. An orthodontic examination may be beneficial before age 7 if facial or oral irregularities are noted.
Functional Appliances – These are specific fixed and removable appliances which are utilized in the 1stphase to correct jaw asymmetries, discrepancies and abnormalities.
Fixed Braces – Braces comprised of brackets which are affixed to each individual tooth, and an wire which connect the brackets. The brackets are usually made of metal, ceramic, or a clear synthetic material if someone desires brackets that are less noticeable to the naked eye. After braces have been applied, there will be regular appointments every 4-6 weeks to have the braces adjusted. Orthodontic elastic bands are often added to the braces to aid in the movement of specific teeth.
Retainers – Retainers are typically utilized in the final phase (retention phase). When the original bite problem has been treated with braces, it is essential that the teeth do not regress back to the original position. Wearing a retainer ensures the teeth maintain their proper alignment, and gives the jawbone around the teeth a chance to stabilize.
Braces For Adults
Orthodontic dental braces were historically associated with teenagers. Today, an increasing number of adults are choosing to wear braces to straighten their teeth and correct their less than ideal bites. In fact, it is now estimated that almost one third of all current orthodontic patients are adults.
Orthodontic dental braces are predictable, versatile and incredibly successful at re-aligning the teeth. Braces work in the same way regardless of the age of the patient, but treatment often takes a little longer.
Can Adults Benefit From Orthodontic Braces?
Crooked or misaligned teeth look unsightly, which in many cases leads to poor self esteem, a lack of self confidence and a deterioration of their gum and dental health. So the answer is: Yes, adults can absolutely benefit from braces.
Aside from poor aesthetics, improperly aligned teeth can also cause difficulties biting, chewing and speaking clearly. Orthodontists agree that straight teeth tend to be healthier teeth.
Straight teeth offer a multitude of health and dental benefits including:
- Reduction in general tooth decay
- Decreased likelihood of developing periodontal disease
- Decreased likelihood of tooth injury
- Reduction in digestive disorders
One of the biggest obstacles preventing adults from having orthodontic treatment is the thought of having the traditional wires and brackets placed. Fortunately, there are now a wide range of fixed and removable orthodontic devices available (like Invisalign) which makes adapting to braces easier, more comfortable, simpler to clean and less noticeable.
The exact types of appliances that are suitable for each person really depends on the specific problem being addressed and the types of tooth movements necessary.
Prior to recommending specific orthodontic treatment, tyour dentist will recommend treatment of any pre-existing dental conditions such as gum disease, excess plaque and tooth decay.
Cost of Braces:
It is extremely difficult to estimate of the cost of braces without seeing the person as each treatment is unique. One person may be completed in 6 months, whereas another person may required over 2 years of treatment and with multiple appliances.
We can say that at the time of writing this, braces in the greater Vancouver area typically range from $5000 to $12000 depending on the complexity of treatment required.
If you think about it, you have one set of teeth for the rest of your life, so why not make them perfect! Call us for a consultation and we can review your insurance to be able to give you the price possible for your braces!
Invisalign in Burnaby
The common frustration with braces is aesthetics. For people who are conscious of how they look and what’s on their teeth metal wires that are visible may not be suitable. This is where alternate custom appliances such as Invisalign come in.
Enter Invisalign®. Invisalign are custom-fitted dental trays that can be easily removed to eat, drink, and brush. Conventional braces need attentive care to keep the teeth and wires clean and prevent cavities on the teeth, and a particular diet to avoid breaking the wires.
Invisalign, however, avoids these difficulties by simply removing the alignment tray when needed.
Click here for more information about how you can take advantage of the wonders of Invisalign.
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