Braces are not as scary as you might think. Even though braces might have garnered a negative reputation in the past, newer brace technology has made the process easier to look and feel good!
West Kelowna Orthodontics offers a full range of brace types and styles to choose from, including clear ceramic braces, mini metal braces, coloured braces, self-ligation braces, and Invisalign®, clear removable aligners, and hidden lingual braces. You will be able to choose the right style of brace to fit your needs and lifestyle.
Do I need Braces?
Part of overall identity and how we are perceived by our peers depends upon our teeth and our smiles. By improving your smile, we can help to improve your overall appearance and self-image, which ultimately could be an invaluable investment.
The list below presents a list of potential benefits from orthodontic treatment.
1. Physiological Benefits:
• Well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and are not as prone to tooth decay
• A good bite will provide less strain on the muscles and joints of the jaws
• Better chewing can help with food digestion
• Properly-positioned teeth are less prone to wear and chipping
• Well-aligned teeth lessen the chance of gum disease, gum recession, and gingivitis
• A good bite may lessen chance of speech impediments and tongue-thrusting habits
• Ability to close spaces and avoid the need for implants and bridges
2. Psychological Benefits:
• Enhanced attractiveness
• Increased confidence
• Improved self-image and well-being
Orthodontic treatment in other words can help to align your bite and teeth while helping to build a beautiful smile – it can also help to improve your physical and psychological health.
How long will I need to wear braces?
The time spent on average wearing braces is between 18-24 months. However, the actual time that you will be required to wear braces will depend on several factors.
Timing of the treatment – Starting treatment before all the adult teeth are in may be beneficial to correct certain orthodontic issues. Sometimes the total treatment time may be longer in these cases, however, the interceptive phase of treatment typically reduces, simplifies, or even eliminates the “braces phase”. Each patient presents a unique case, so let one of our orthodontists recommend the best options available for you.
Severity of the case – The more orthodontic issues that you require correcting, the longer that you will need to wear braces. Treatment times will also vary depending on your body’s ability to recover and respond to the treatment. Since every patient will react and respond in their own way, treatments may take as little as a year for one patient, while another person may take 2 years or more.
Compliance – Probably the most important factor influencing the length of your treatment is how closely you follow the instructions provided to you by your orthodontist. You will definitely make your treatment shorter by consistently taking care of your appliances and wearing elastics when required.
Your initial consultation is free, so please don’t hesitate.