Traditional Braces and Invisalign Teen®


What's the difference between traditional braces and clear aligners such as Invisalign Teen®?

Traditional braces use brackets and wires to move teeth and clear aligners are more discreet move your teeth in small steps until they reach the desired position.

To find out if your child is a candiate for clear aligners by booking a Complimenatary Consultation.


Traditional Braces and clear aligners such as Invisalign Teen® can address and treat all of the same bite issues including:

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 in children can have adverse long-term effects.

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, like sleep apnea, in young kids.

They're all wonderful. -Carlina Brady