Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry dedicated to the correction of crooked teeth and misaligned bites, known as “malocclusions.”
Dr. Nathaniel Podilsky offers a variety of orthodontic treatments which can improve chewing and speaking and prevent oral health issues.
So what kind of issues can we address with orthodontics at our Downtown Edmonton, Alberta, practice?
- Crowded Teeth
- Open Bite
- Rotated Teeth
- Teeth Grinding
Orthodontic Treatment Can Improve Your Quality of Life
Straightening your smile can make you feel more comfortable about your appearance and improve your self-esteem.
A More Comfortable Bite
One of the goals of orthodontics is to ensure your bite is aligned. When your teeth meet properly, it is easier to chew, speak, and keep your smile healthy.
- Ceramic Brackets
- Clear Braces
- Trays or Aligners
More Information About Your Options
Traditional braces are a time-tested, consistently effective method of dental realignment. Among the best known of all dental appliances, traditional braces 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 seeking more subtle orthodontic treatment, 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 a treatment plan typically lasting one to two years. As long as the trays are in place for approximately 20 to 22 hours per day, they can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing and still produce realignment results similar to those achieved with traditional braces.
In most cases, retainers are only used after braces to prevent your teeth from shifting out of place after your orthodontic treatment. But in very select cases, retainers can address very 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. The only way to determine whether retainers are the right option for you is to schedule a consultation and allow Dr. Podilsky to thoroughly assess your concerns.
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.
Orthodontics Can Correct Your Smile
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 Dr. Leah Stempfle and Dr. Nathaniel Podilsky in Downtown Edmonton, Alberta today.
Let Dr. Stempfle, Dr. Podilsky, and their attentive staff work to determine the best possible treatment for your individual needs.
While aesthetic dentistry treatments such as porcelain veneers provide the appearance of straighter teeth, orthodontics refers to the physical realignment of a patient’s natural teeth within their jaw. And while this proper alignment creates a beautiful smile that enhances the entire face, the reality is that straighter teeth are often healthier teeth, since they are easier to brush and floss.
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.
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Dental Insurance Often Covers the Cost of Treatment
Straightening your smile offers so many oral health benefits that most insurance providers will cover at least a portion of 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.
Alternatives to Orthodontics
If you have minor gaps or slightly rotated teeth, cosmetic dentistry options can also help you achieve the new smile you want.
Porcelain veneers are commonly used to conceal small gaps in a short amount of time, usually over the course of two office visits. However, veneers are only a good option for minor concerns. If you have more pronounced misalignment, orthodontic treatment will probably be the best choice for you.
Helpful FAQs Answered by Our Edmonton Practice
How long will I need to wear braces?
Your treatment timeline will depend on which orthodontic treatment you choose and the complexity of your case. Patients with traditional braces usually wear them for 18 to 24 months, while patients who qualify for Invisalign will typically wear their aligners for 12 to 18 months. During your initial consultation, Dr. Podilsky will assess your smile and provide you with an estimated treatment timeline.
At what age should I get braces?
We typically recommend that young patients visit our Edmonton office for their first orthodontic appointment by age seven. There is no ceiling for adults considering orthodontics, and we encourage teens and adults of all ages to come in for a consultation if they are unhappy with their smiles.
Should I get braces or Invisalign?
Both braces and Invisalign offer their own unique benefits. During your consultation, Dr. Podilsky will assess the condition of your smile and determine whether you qualify for Invisalign. If you have severe misalignment, traditional braces may be a better option for you.