At Village Lane Dental Centre, our Okotoks dentists offer traditional braces and Invisalign clear aligners as orthodontic treatment options to help straighten your smile.
How Do Orthodontics Work?
The goal of orthodontic treatment is the same for children, teenagers or adults – to straighten teeth so they look and work better.
This goal is achieved using either braces or clear aligners that put gentle pressure on your teeth to move them into the correct position over a period of months or years.
Traditional braces, made of either metal or ceramic, have been used to straighten teeth for decades. In recent years, advances in orthodontic treatment have resulted in braces that are low-profile, more comfortable and easier to take care of.
How Braces Straighten Teeth
Braces apply continuous pressure to the teeth over a period of time, slowly moving them into new, corrected positions.
As the pressure is applied and the teeth move, the bone changes shape to accommodate the new positions of the teeth.
Invisalign Clear Aligners
With Invisalign clear aligners, your smile is gradually straightened using a series of individually customized, clear plastic aligners that are adjusted over time.
Invisalign clear aligners offer a convenience factor – they are removable for when you would prefer no one knows that you are straightening your teeth.
They have a similar appearance to custom whitening trays, and they are easy to insert. You can even take them out to eat, drink, brush and floss!