Straighten Your Teeth: Orthodontic Solutions for Teens and Beyond
Most kids lose their baby teeth by age 13. Even before their last baby teeth are gone and their adult teeth have mostly come in, it’s easy to spot issues like overcrowding or crooked teeth. This is the ideal time to start orthodontic treatment, ensuring they achieve a confident, healthy adult smile.
Beyond enhancing the natural beauty of their smile, orthodontic treatment plays a crucial role in oral health. Misaligned teeth and a crooked bite can make proper cleaning difficult, cause discomfort, and lead to aches and pains. With orthodontic treatment, these problems can often be resolved in as little as 6 months.
- Overbite – Upper teeth protruding too far forward.
- Excessive spacing – Gaps or spaces between teeth.
- Underbite – Lower teeth positioned too far forward.
- Crowding – Overlapping or hard-to-floss teeth.
- Crossbite – An uncomfortable bite alignment.
- Pain – Chronic headaches, jaw discomfort, or upper back and neck pain.
Is your teenager a candidate for orthodontic treatment? Look out for signs like:
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Orthodontic Treatment Choices
There exists a range of treatment options tailored to individual needs and budgets. Here are several available options:
When you think of braces, you may envision bulky metal brackets with wires. However, modern dental brackets are now smaller, less conspicuous, and equally effective as their older counterparts. They are easier to maintain, providing enhanced comfort.
For those seeking discreet braces, we also offer clear brackets, particularly popular among young adults. These brackets seamlessly blend traditional orthodontics with subtlety, making them hardly noticeable at a glance.
Clear aligners, like Invisalign, have gained rapid popularity. A series of custom-made transparent trays gradually shift teeth to their desired positions. They fit snugly, are removable for eating, regular brushing and flossing, and can be taken out for special occasions, such as school dances or presentations.
Orthodontic Treatment Costs in Calgary
Orthodontic treatment expenses in Calgary typically range between $3,000 and $5,000+ when considering a standard insurance plan. However, your out-of-pocket expenses may vary depending on your specific insurance coverage. If you don’t have insurance, the cost generally falls in the range of $4,000 to $6,000+.
Determining the precise cost of your orthodontic treatment and understanding why it may seem costly involves several factors:
- The current oral health condition, including teeth and gum health.
- The extent of teeth movement required.
- The type of orthodontic treatment selected.
- The duration of the treatment.
Since each individual’s smile is unique, the most accurate way to determine the ideal treatment and its associated cost is to schedule a consultation with us. During this consultation, we’ll conduct an examination and create a personalized treatment plan, complete with a precise timeline and cost estimate. This ensures you have a clear understanding of your orthodontic treatment expenses.
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During this consultation, we’ll thoroughly assess your teen’s teeth, gums, soft tissues, and bite. Our goal is to gain a comprehensive understanding of their oral health, the appearance of their smile, and how their mouth functions. We prioritize knowing your teen’s dental health goals to provide them with the best possible treatment plan to achieve their desired results.
Frequently Asked Questions
Orthodontic treatment duration can be as brief as 6 months for minor adjustments. However, for most patients, the typical duration with braces ranges from 6 months to 2 years. To provide you with a precise estimate, we recommend scheduling an oral examination.
We offer floss threaders and super floss, specifically designed for effective flossing with braces or permanent retainers. During your next appointment, we’d be delighted to demonstrate the proper technique for flossing with braces.
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To safeguard your braces from potential damage or challenging cleaning, it’s wise to steer clear of certain foods, such as candy apples and corn on the cob. Also, consider avoiding items like caramel, gum, and popcorn, as they can be hard to remove from braces. Additionally, sugary or acidic foods can pose cleaning challenges for your teeth. Keep in mind that even clear braces may become stained by certain foods like beets, curry, and Kraft Dinner.
Initially, there is typically no pain associated with the application of braces. However, as they start adjusting your teeth, you may experience some discomfort. Most patients describe this sensation as more of an annoyance rather than intense pain. Nevertheless, if you do experience any pain or discomfort, please don’t hesitate to inform us! We have solutions at our disposal to enhance your treatment’s comfort to the fullest extent.
Ideally, orthodontic treatment is best initiated in younger patients, preferably before the majority of adult teeth have fully emerged and while the jaw is more malleable. If you’re a parent, we strongly advise scheduling a consultation for your teenager or pre-teen. However, rest assured that orthodontic treatment options are also accessible for adults! It’s never too late to achieve the smile you desire and we will help you get there.
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