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Orthodontics in NW, Calgary

Orthodontics has long been a fantastic option for children, teens, and adults to improve the appearance of their smiles and to help avoid other oral health problems down the road.

How Do I Know If I Need Orthodontics?

The dentist you see regularly will be your best resource when it comes to answering this question. Because your dentist has detailed knowledge of your teeth and oral health, they will be able to determine if minor interventions are enough or if you would benefit from seeing an orthodontist.

If you are referred to an orthodontist, they will give you a full assessment to determine if orthodontics are the right answer for your oral health issues.

Why Do People Need Orthodontics?

The majority of orthodontic issues like overcrowding or excessive space are genetic, meaning they were passed to you through your parents, and you will likely pass them to your children someday.

Some orthodontic problems are environmental. If you were a thumb sucker as a small child, your teeth may have been pushed out of alignment, resulting in your need for orthodontics. An accident that injures the teeth, poor nutrition, mouth breathing, and dental decay are some of the other factors that will determine whether you need orthodontics.

Some signs that point to the need for orthodontics are:

    • Missing teeth or extra teeth
    • Teeth that are crooked
    • Teeth that are crowded together or spaced far apart
    • A jaw that is not positioned correctly
    • An overbite, underbite, or crossbite

Our Calgary-based dentists have years of experience in treating all kinds of orthodontic issues, so you will be in safe hands.

When Should Orthodontics Be Fitted?

This varies with each patient and each situation. The dentist or orthodontist will evaluate your teeth’s development, problems, and growth and then will weigh risks and benefits of treatment.  They will then determine if orthodontics are the route to take.

Some patients and their overall dental health will greatly benefit from having orthodontics fitted while there are still plenty of baby teeth in the mouth.

The most common ages for treatment to begin are somewhere between 8 and 14. At this point, most of the permanent teeth have grown in, but the mouth is still receptive to treatment. Adults can greatly benefit from orthodontic treatment as well, though success is more predictable while the jaw is still growing.

Types of Orthodontics in Calgary

Calgary dentists have a wide variety of orthodontic supplies at their disposal. Though still a popular choice, not everyone will wear the metal brackets and wires that are often the first thing you think of when it comes to orthodontics.

Metal orthodontics are made from stainless steel. Your teeth are straightened by a system of metal brackets and archwires, and you can also choose elastics in fun colors to make your smile unique.

Clear aligners like Invisalign are also a popular choice, especially for adults. These are fully customized acrylic aligners. One benefit to this option is that you can remove the aligner when eating and brushing your teeth.

Contact Us

Valley Ridge Dental Centre
11245 Valley Ridge Dr Suite 204
Calgary, AB T3B 5V4


Hours of Operation:
Mon: 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wed: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thurs: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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11245 Valley Ridge Dr Suite 204 NW, Calgary, AB T3B 5V4, Canada

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