Orthodontics: Do Braces and Other Orthodontic Devices Work?

Aug 01, 2021
Yes, braces do work in realigning your teeth, but the effectiveness is determined by a few factors:
  • Why you are getting them and the severity of the problem
  • The type of brace you choose
  • How the treatment is done and your adherence to the dentist’s instructions
Orthodontic treatment is a dental specialty that addresses teeth and jaw alignment, bite patterns, and also modifying facial growth. Orthodontics has a dual purpose; it is used for teeth function and also appearance. And as such can be classified as cosmetic dentistry in Calgary, SE. But, only an orthodontic dentist can administer the treatment.

What Problems Does Orthodontic Treatment Solve (Why Are You Getting Them?)

Orthodontic treatment is done to correct the malocclusion and bite problem. Malocclusion is not a disease and it does not affect your health. However, the improper positioning of the teeth can damage your jaw and other teeth. It also affects eating, speech, and dental hygiene. Moreover, misaligned teeth are a confidence buster because they damage your smile. Getting these problems addressed on time is crucial to your jaw development and facial appearance. Orthodontics in Calgary can also correct protruding teeth, crowding, impacted teeth, overbites and other bite problems, and spacing. If you suffer from bruxism (the grinding and clenching of teeth) you may also benefit from orthodontic treatment.

What Are the Different Types of Orthodontic Devices?

Several devices can be used to address the various orthodontic problems and they include:
  1. Braces These are the most commonly used devices for correcting malocclusion. The braces come in different versions, but they all have the same function—to reposition the teeth.
    • Traditional braces. These are usually made of metal wires that are fixed on the teeth. They are fixed devices, meaning you cannot remove them and only the dentist can readjust the fit. The traditional braces are the most effective type and they are often reserved for severe malocclusion.
    • Lingual braces. These are similar to the traditional ones, only the metal wires are fixed on the inside part of the teeth.
    • Clear braces. They come in different brands like Invisalign® and ClearCorrect®. These braces are removable and almost invisible. These devices are ideal for people with mild to moderate dental malocclusion.
  2. Space maintainers These devices can be fixed or removable, and they are used to preserve and maintain the space. Space maintainers are necessary for your children if they have lost one or more primary molars due to disease or trauma. These devices allow permanent teeth to emerge and grow in correct alignment.
  3. Palatal expander Palatal expanders are used to widen and expand the roof of the mouth. They are used in pre-adolescents who have narrow jaws and at risk of developing crowded teeth.
  4. Retainers These are devices that are used to hold teeth the position and prevent them from reverting after the orthodontic treatment.

How is the Treatment Done?

The orthodontic treatment is done in phases, regardless of the form of brace you choose.
  • Examination and planning
Our dentist in Calgary, AB, will begin the process with a comprehensive dental assessment to determine the severity of the problem. The dentist will help you choose a suitable type of device that is ideal for you. In Invisalign treatment, 3D imaging is used to create precise imaging of the jaw and also to create the ideal braces.
  • Treatment process
The traditional braces are fixed on the teeth at the dental office. However, the clear aligners include a set of aligners that work to realign the teeth. You need to wear these aligners for 22 hours a day, 14 days a set. When you wear the braces or aligners, you will experience discomfort. This pain is transient and you don’t need pain medications. However, if the pain persists, it is vital to visit a dentist near you for assessment.
  • Retainer phase
After the treatment, the dentist will give you a retainer device to hold the teeth in position and prevent the teeth from reverting.

Schedule an Appointment

Visit Willow Park Dental for more information about orthodontic treatment and how it is done.