Traditional Braces for The Whole Family

Traditional metal braces are a popular choice for orthodontic treatment.

Modern advancements in materials and technology have enabled the brackets to be smaller with a low profile and rounded, smooth edges for optimal comfort.

How Do I Know If I Need Braces?

Braces are used primarily to treat malocclusion or a bad bite in patients that may have crooked or crowded teeth, and also when the upper and lower teeth do not fit together properly.

Most people choose orthodontic treatment to get that beautiful, aligned smile, but braces actually offer more benefits than just a perfectly straight smile.


How much do Traditional Braces cost in Calgary?

The cost of orthodontic care is dependent upon the needs of the individual patient. There is no standard fee for every patient.

At you or your child’s comprehensive complimentary examination, our orthodontists will assess treatment needs, and you will be quoted a fee that is relevant to your child’s or your own unique treatment.

Whether treatment is done in two stages or one, the cost will be similar. You will not save money by doing only one phase.


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What are some common orthodontic problems that traditional braces can fix ?

These common orthodontic problems can become big problems if not addressed. Whatever your orthodontic issues, we can customize a treatment plan to fit your unique needs.

Crowding

One of the most prevalent orthodontic problems is teeth that are too crowded. Dr. Antosz and Dr. Vincelli, your NW Calgary orthodontists, can recognize and provide braces to treat this crowding.

These teeth are extremely difficult to clean, making them more prone to decay, even if good oral hygiene is practised.

Spaces in teeth

Spaces in teeth can also be a problem, especially if the early loss or extraction of teeth causes healthy teeth to tip into open spaces. Deterioration of the supporting bone may occur, causing teeth to become loose.

Overbites

This can cause abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, as well as excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue.

The stress on supporting tissues might contribute to gum disease and possibly lead to the loss of teeth.

Underbite

An underbite is a term for a dental condition characterized by lower teeth that extend outward farther than the upper front teeth.

Severe cases of underbite may cause difficulty biting and chewing food, challenges with speaking and mouth and face pain due to the misalignment of the jaw.

Crossbite

A crossbite is a misalignment of teeth, usually where the upper teeth fit inside the lower teeth. This misalignment can affect a single tooth or groups of teeth.

If not corrected, a crossbite can wear down the enamel of the tooth as the jaw shifts to the side.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea may cause long-term high levels of cortisol which may have negative effects, especially in children.

  • growth problems and “failure to thrive”
  • attention deficit and learning issues
  • “acting out” behaviours such as aggression and hyperactivity
  • altered immune response leading to conditions such as asthma
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • bed wetting, sleepwalking and night terrors
  • long-term cardiovascular problems
  • hyperactivity and attention problems in children as young as 3 may be due to sleep-disordered breathing and should be evaluated early to prevent longer-lasting issues

Making the jaw the proper size, width and alignment with orthodontic treatment can help alleviate airway issues.

TMD/TMJ TemporomandibularDisorder

Many adults & teens experience pain because of Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD), and "bad bites" are often a contributing factor to TMD. Closing the teeth with the jaw joint seated properly in its socket would cause trauma to the teeth, making them hurt.

There is neural feedback from those teeth, which sets up a subconscious reflex that triggers the muscles that move the jaw to AVOID hurting the teeth; the jaw position adjusts to more evenly distribute the forces amongst many teeth, not just a few.

This act of dislocation is what causes all of the symptoms that the patient experiences.

TMD includes a variety of possible symptoms that may or may not be present in an individual:

  • jaw and facial pain
  • jaw joint pain, locking, restricted movement
  • degenerative changes in the jaw joint
  • ear symptoms: pain, fullness, ringing, dizziness
  • headaches, neck aches
  • clenching and/or grinding of teeth, with associated wear, tooth breakage, bone loss, receding gums, lost teeth

Watch a quick video on our >> TMD Page

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