Of course not! A good percentage of our patients are over the age of 21. Not only can braces align your bite and boost your confidence, straightening your teeth can greatly improve your oral health. Adults tend to be the best candidates for esthetic choices like ceramic braces and Invisalign so treatment can be discreet.
Orthodontic Treatments with Braces
Comparing Braces: Metal, Clear & Lingual
Metal braces are the most common type of braces. Developed from a high-grade stainless steel, they are small in size, and designed to improve your comfort.
Clear braces are made from translucent material and are most popular with adults due to their cosmetic appeal. There are a few minor inconveniences to ceramic brackets. They are more fragile in design and discolouring can sometimes occur with the elastic ties between orthodontic visits.
Lingual braces are a subtle form of braces that are applied to the inside of the teeth, rather than the outside of the teeth. Because of this unconventional method, lingual braces make them the most “invisible” orthodontic treatment available to help straighten your teeth.
Not every patient is a candidate for Lingual braces and suitability will need to be determined by the Orthodontist.
Our braces guide your teeth to encourage healthy development. Teeth come in all shapes and sizes, some grow out, and some grow in. That’s why our orthodontists will determine the braces that are best suited to improve your smile.
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We’ll get into the nitty-gritty at your consultation so you’ll know exactly what will happen, but for now, we’ll cover the basics. The painless process takes about 45 minutes to an hour. First, Dr. Chan polishes your teeth and paints on a solution to prime them for the adhesive. Then, he applies the bonding glue and sticks on your brackets. Lastly, he slides your archwire through and holds it in place with elastics, unless you’re wearing self-ligating braces, which don’t use ties. We’ll let you know how to take care of your braces and you’ll be on your way to a perfect smile.
We use special tools to gently loosen and remove the brackets and wires. He scrapes off the glue and polishes your teeth so they’re smooth and ready to show off. He’ll congratulate you and let you check out your new smile.
Unfortunately, we can’t give you an accurate number until we’ve had the opportunity to check out your teeth and jaws. The price tag for braces treatment varies depending on the severity of your case, how long treatment lasts and the type of braces you choose. We believe in making treatment affordable, so we approach cases conservatively and offer payment plans, including a no-down-payment option, to suit your budget. We also accept most insurances, which can have a big impact on your out-of-pocket expenses. At your consultation, we’ll go into detail concerning the cost and we’re always up front so you never have to worry about hidden fees.
Your overall treatment time will depend on your specific orthodontic problem, how severe it is and which type of braces you opt for. In general, patients are in braces for 12 to 30 months.
You should never feel real pain while wearing braces. If you do, call us right away. When you first get your braces put on, and after adjustments, your teeth can feel a little sensitive. This mild discomfort is easily managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and goes away in a few days.
Yup. While your dentist and orthodontist both work with teeth, they focus on different things. Going to your dentist for your regular check-ups and cleanings will help you avoid tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health problems. It’s actually more important than ever when you’re wearing braces.