When you talk to someone, your teeth usually get noticed first.

For those with bite issues, misaligned, or crooked teeth, getting dental braces is a good starting point to achieving the smile you desire.

Apart from enhancing the appearance of your teeth, Beacon Smiles dentists suggest this treatment to protect you from abnormal bite problems, bruxism or grinding teeth, gum disease, tooth decay, and other health-related problems.

Here’s a quick list of what to expect when considering dental braces:

  1. Dental braces come in various types.
    Your Beacon Smiles dentist will know the best dental appliance for your needs. Metal is the most common type of braces. You probably have seen it before. Ceramic, on the other hand, makes use of brackets that match the tooth colour. Lingual, meanwhile, are brackets attached to the back of the teeth making them less visible. Clear plastic options such as Invisalign are removable and are custom-made for your teeth. Every treatment is customized and has to be tailored according to your specific needs.
  2. Dental appliances are not limited to wires and brackets.
    The brackets are attached on your teeth to hold the archwires, which in turn slowly move your teeth in a specific direction. Some attachments, such as elastic rubber bands, springs, and buccal tubes may as well be used for the treatment. Don’t hesitate to ask your dentist if you have questions regarding dental appliances they’ll be using for your treatment.
  3. The treatment can cause discomfort.
    As the teeth move, you may experience discomfort after the braces are attached on your teeth.The braces may also cause sores in your mouth. This can happen on areas where the appliance rubs on the inside of your lips and gums. This should be temporary, though. Your teeth may also become more sensitive but this should go away after a few days. For your routine checkup, your braces will have to be adjusted. This may cause discomfort due to the pressure applied on the brackets. It’s natural to feel your teeth and jaws become sore but again, this should subside in a few days.
  4. The treatment duration varies.
    Having dental braces attached on your teeth is only the start of the treatment. There are several factors that could affect the duration of your treatment plan. For complex dental issues, it could last over 2 years. Also, as with any dental treatment, your cooperation is crucial too. Missing your routine checkups can make the process longer.
  5. Caring for your teeth will be more challenging.
    Cleaning your teeth will become more difficult once the braces have been attached. Food debris can cling onto the wires and brackets so you need to pay more attention when brushing and flossing. Having frequent cleanings is highly recommended. You might want to limit intake of sugar and starchy food too. But don’t worry! The long-term benefits that you can enjoy from getting dental braces far outweigh challenges that come with it.

The cost for getting dental braces in Northwest Calgary vary depending on the type that will be used for your teeth. At Beacon Smiles Dental Clinic, we assist you with options to help make the treatment more affordable.

Our Dentists and the rest of the team will work with you to ensure all your concerns are taken care of. We always welcome new patients. Request an appointment today!