Metal braces remain one of the most popular and predictable ways of achieving a straight smile and correct bite. We use low-profile (small) braces that are made of the highest-grade metal alloys.
At no extra cost, we offer you the option to use ceramic braces on the top teeth for a more discreet appearance. Ceramic braces function the same and are just as effective as metal braces, but are tooth-coloured to help blend in with your teeth.
Included in your treatment, we will provide you with customized retainers when your braces are removed. This is important to help keep your beautiful new smile in place. In most cases, we recommend a bonded wire to the inside (tongue-side) surfaces of the front teeth, as well as a customized clear removable retainer for night-time wear.
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Braces consist of three main parts – brackets, wires and ligatures. Metal or ceramic brackets are bonded to the outer surface of your teeth and a thin metal archwire passes through a small slot in each of the brackets. Ligatures (tiny rubber rings) are placed around each bracket to hold the archwire in place. You can choose the colour of your ligatures at each appointment to be as discreet or as bold as you like!
During treatment, your orthodontist will see you approximately every 6 weeks to review your progress and adjust your braces as needed.
The duration of treatment will depend on the complexity of your orthodontic problem, as well as your compliance with instructions throughout treatment. If the front teeth have minor crowding or spacing but the back teeth fit together properly, treatment may take as little as 9 – 12 months. By contrast, treatment to correct moderate to severe crowding or spacing or an improper bite typically takes between 18 – 24 months. In complex cases, treatment may extend beyond 24 months. We will give you a good estimate of anticipated treatment duration before you begin treatment.
No two orthodontic problems are the same and the cost of orthodontic treatment will depend on the severity of the problem and the treatment required. Many orthodontic problems require only relatively simple treatment and you might find that the cost is lower than you thought. Costs will be discussed in full at your initial consultation. The fee that we quote covers all aspects of your orthodontic treatment and the majority of patients pay this fee in interest-free installments over the duration of the treatment, thus making payment more manageable.
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