Due to the way orthodontic technology has advanced, Wellington Village Orthodontics is happy to offer patients with more options regarding braces than they could have ten years ago.
Even though many people still choose traditional metal braces for their treatment, there are other options on the table now. Clear braces or Invisible Lingual braces are very popular these days. Invisalign aligners are also an option for people who have slightly misaligned teeth.
Please talk to us about the different types of braces we have available when you visit our office.
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common braces you will see on a patient, but they are not the only option. Metal braces are small, comfortable and fairly easy to manage these days. They are very different from the metal braces you saw on people 15 or 20 years ago. They are made from stainless steel and they straighten your teeth using wires attached to the metal brackets. You can also add colored elastics to the front for a more colorful look!
These braces are made from clear materials, which means they are far less visible when you are walking around or going to work/school than regular braces. They are also very popular with older teenagers or adults who may have some concerns about the impact of having metal braces on their teeth. They are slightly bigger in size since ceramic brackets are more fragile (for added strength). We offer clear upper and lower braces or a combination of clear upper metal lower ( as the lower teeth are less visible)
Invisible Braces (Invisalign SureSmile aligners)
Clear aligners, such as Invisalign or SureSmile aligners, are a type of braces where you see clear and removable aligners put on a person’s teeth to fix alignment issues. You can never tell if someone is wearing these aligners because the material is completely clear and invisible. The aligners are also removable, which means you can eat and drink as you please during your treatment. Brushing your teeth with them on is also easier.
Invisible Braces (Hidden braces behind the teeth)
Invisible braces are an option for someone who does not want visible braces in their mouth, but cannot get Invisalign treatment because their teeth require a lot of re-alignment. The customized lingual braces are created and bonded on the inside of your teeth, which ensures they are not visible at all. No one will have a clue that you have these braces, unless you show them the back of your teeth! They are customized to your teeth’ shapes, ensuring you get a comfortable and effective treatment experience. There are several brands that we use, Incognito being the most popular one initially. It was slowly replaced by Harmony which offered speed comparing to Incognito. Now, both systems are being replaced by SureSmile technology. This allows more precision in the finishing stages and smaller appliances for your comfort. Dr. Picard can use the SureSmile technology to pre plan all movements of your teeth for a faster and more predictable treatment!
Between the ages of 11 and 15 is the most common time for orthodontic treatment, and for good reasons. By 12, most if not all of the permanent teeth have erupted and are in place, and crooked teeth, gaps and bad bites can easily be detected. These problems will hardly ever correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment.
As visual appearance is a major part of an adolescent’s life, we have many options to accommodate your child , such as fun options like Silver or Gold braces, or more hidden options of Clear braces or Aligners.
Call Wellington Village Orthodontics at (613) 722-8500 to book your initial consultation appointment, and we will be able to determine if treatment is needed and the best time for the treatment to start. We’ll also review with you the treatment plan, the expected treatment duration, and the approximate cost of the treatment.