Are you self-conscious of your crooked smile? Is the misalignment of your bite causing you pain?
Orthodontic care can realign your bite and give you a healthy, beautiful smile you can be proud of.
Dr. Nathaniel Podilsky offers a variety of orthodontic treatments at his Edmonton, AB, practice to enhance your oral health and appearance.
How Can Orthodontics Improve My Quality of Life?
Straightening your smile can make you feel more comfortable about your appearance and improve your self-esteem.
Improved Oral Health
A misaligned bite or crooked teeth can have lasting negative effects on your oral health. For example, crowded teeth are harder to clean than properly aligned teeth. Orthodontic treatment can prevent crooked teeth from turning into something worse.
A More Comfortable Bite
When your teeth meet properly, it is easier to chew, speak, and keep your smile clean and healthy.
Orthodontic Solutions Our Edmonton, AB, Practice Offers
Traditional braces are an effective method of dental realignment for mild to severe orthodontic issues. They consist of metal or ceramic brackets that are chemically bonded to each tooth. Archwires running through these brackets are held in place by elastic ties known as ligatures. The wires exert pressure on the teeth, gradually moving them into proper alignment. While braces have a reputation for being obtrusive, modern options are smaller and more comfortable than their past counterparts, and ligatures are available in fun, colorful options for our younger patients.
For those who suffer from mild to moderate misalignment issues and are seeking a more subtle orthodontic solution, the Invisalign system provides a clear, removable alternative to traditional braces. A series of smooth plastic aligner trays are custom-crafted using computer images and impressions of a patient’s teeth and are replaced approximately every two weeks throughout your treatment plan. The trays need to be worn between 20 and 22 hours per day to produce realignment results similar to those achieved with traditional braces.
In most cases, retainers are only used after braces or Invisalign to prevent your teeth from shifting out of place after your orthodontic treatment. But in very select cases, retainers can address minor spacing issues or mild misalignment without braces. Dr. Podilsky can also fabricate custom retainers for patients whose old devices are no longer working for their needs.
"Orthodontic treatment can prevent crooked teeth from turning into something worse."
Discover Which Orthodontic Option Is Right For You Contact Our Downtown Edmonton Office Today
Find out which treatment is right for you by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Podilsky. He will thoroughly assess your concerns and your oral health history to recommend a course of treatment to suit your needs. He has been dedicated to providing high-quality dental care for more than three decades. Contact our Edmonton, AB, office to request your orthodontic consultation.
Create a More Accurate Treatment Plan
Dr. Podilsky and our team use a range of dental technology to perform our treatments. Using Tekscan's T-Scan® device, we can take a digital reading of your bite and precisely assess your alignment issues. With this digital occlusal analysis system, we can provide beautiful, comfortable results in fewer visits.
We can also use digital x-rays and our i-CAT® Cone Beam 3D imaging system to visualize all aspects of your bite to improve your overall treatment results.
Braces versus Invisalign Which Is Best For Me?
Only your dentist can tell you which type will be best to treat your needs, but here are some unique aspects of each treatment to consider:
Braces are a tried and true solution to misalignment issues. These are best suited for children, teens, or adults who have mild to severe teeth and jaw alignment issues. While effective, metal braces can be uncomfortable to the wearer as the brackets rub on their cheeks and lips. Many adults prefer clear aligners so they can straighten their teeth discreetly. Brushing and flossing is much more difficult when wearing braces, and certain foods are off-limits during treatment.
Invisalign is a great solution for mild to moderate misalignment issues. For more severe orthodontic problems, your dentist will probably recommend traditional metal braces for at least part of your treatment. Invisalign is typically preferred over braces as the aligners are a custom fit for your teeth. They are made of smooth plastic and are much more comfortable than metal brackets. They are also removable, so brushing and flossing remain as easy as ever, and you can eat whatever you like.
Patients of All Ages Can Benefit from a Straighter Smile
While it is recommended that children undergo an orthodontic evaluation by the time they are seven years old, healthy teeth can be straightened at any age. Many young patients undergo early orthodontic treatment to guide their growing teeth into more desirable positions.
You are never too old to undergo orthodontic treatment at our practice, either. Since the advent of Invisalign, which allows patients to discreetly straighten their teeth in the midst of busy professional and personal lives, an increasing number of adults are pursuing orthodontic treatment.
A Healthier Smile Is a Phone Call Away
Dental irregularities can interfere with chewing and speaking and lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and eventual tooth loss. When alignment problems are left untreated, an individual can experience abnormal wear of the tooth enamel, impaired chewing ability, and excessive stress on the gum tissue.
If you have problems with your bite and would like to learn more about orthodontics, contact our Downtown Edmonton, Alberta, office today, and let Dr. Podilsky, and his attentive staff work to determine the best possible treatment for your individual needs.
"Dental insurance often contributes to the cost of orthodontic treatment."
The Cost Of Orthodontic Treatments
Straightening your smile offers so many oral health benefits that dental insurance often covers the cost of orthodontic treatment at our Downtown Edmonton practice.
Generally, both Invisalign and traditional metal braces qualify for insurance coverage. However, the overall cost of achieving your new smile depends on a variety of factors.
Two Main Considerations Affect Your Total Cost
Severity of Misalignment
In most cases, addressing a minor issue, such as a small gap between teeth, is more affordable than dealing with a complicated jaw issue. The best way to find out the extent of treatment you need is to speak with one of our friendly doctors.
The Treatment You Choose
Different types of treatments carry their own costs. For example, metal braces are typically the least expensive route to a straighter smile. Opting for a more cosmetic option, such as ceramic brackets or lingual braces, can increase the fees associated with your treatment.
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"Delaying treatment can lead to cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, and TMJ disorder."