Orthodontics is a division of dentistry that diagnoses, prevents and corrects improperly aligned teeth and jaws. Improper alignment problems are also known as malocclusion. Orthodontic treatment may come in the form of self-ligating porcelain or metal brackets or Invisalign, which are both offered at Northmount Dental Care in Calgary NW.
The Canadian Association of Orthodontics recommends that children undergo an orthodontic assessment as early as age 7. Assessment at this age is typically preventive in nature, since it's a good time to correct bad habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting that can lead to more serious dental issues later in life.
Corrective appliances like braces or Invisalign aligners are most frequently used when the patient's permanent teeth have all erupted. Some children may get braces as early as age 8, as a single phase or treatment or part of two-phase treatment that continues in teenage years.
Orthodontic treatment, such as braces, can benefit adults as well. If you are concerned about the appearance of your smile, or that your dental health may be poorly affected by the alignment of your teeth, please visit us for a complimentary consultation so we may assess your orthodontic needs.
Orthodontics may be a recommended option if you suffer from:
An overbite or underbite
An open bite: your teeth don't touch
A cross bite: horizontal misalignment of your top and bottom teeth
Crowded, protruding or misplaced teeth
Orthodontic issues are not limited to the list above. You may book a complimentary consultation to determine if orthodontic treatment may be an option to correct your smile or bite.
Every patient's needs are very different, and there's no single solution or set price for orthodontic treatment. But we understand that cost is a primary concern for most of our patients, which is why we offer flexible payment options to make orthodontic treatment as affordable as possible. In Calgar NW clinic, we will also provide you with a written estimate of the costs to help you make an informed decision.
Orthodontic appliances, such as braces and Invisalign, work by applying gentle force on the teeth and jaw that encourages proper alignment over time.
Braces describe a system of brackets bonded to your teeth, with an archwire that connects them, applying a gentle constant pressure to return to a straight line, thus re-aligning your teeth. Invisalign, on the other hand, describes a system of transparent thermoplastic trays that are worn over the teeth. Not only is Invisalign nearly invisible compared to braces, but you can easily remove them before brushing your teeth or before eating.
Northmount Dental Care's free consultation can provide you more information about different orthodontic treatments, to help you decide which one is the best for you.
Aside from giving you a straighter and more attractive smile, orthodontics also protect your teeth from the wear and tear caused by improperly aligned teeth and jaw. Properly aligned teeth are also easier to clean, which helps you avoid gum disease, tooth decay and other dental health problems.
In NW Calgary, Northmount Dental Care not only provides orthodontic treatment, but is also an Invisalign Preferred Provider. We offer both Invisalign and self-ligating braces in our clinic, which saves you the time and effort of being referred to other specialists.
Our flexible payment options also ensure you can obtain a healthier, more attractive smile within your financial means.