Recent improvements in orthodontics pertaining to traditional braces have resulted in smaller, stronger, more efficient and less conspicuous brackets. Metal brackets are the most familiar, however, clear and tooth-colored ceramic and plastic brackets are also available.
Braces are bonded brackets, arch wires and elastic bands that move crowded or spaced teeth into the proper position for appearance and function. Over a period of time, teeth will shift if constant, gentle pressure is applied. Brackets are bonded to the front surface of each tooth and wires are attached to the brackets with elastic bands. The slight tension on the wire is gently transferred to the bracket through the elastic band. Today’s orthodontic treatment is faster, comfortable and more fashionable than ever before for children, teens and adults.
Metal with ligature
Pros: least expensive
Cons: more visible than ceramic, less comfortable, less hygienic (ligature traps food particles), longer treatment time
Pros: blend in with most teeth, not very visible
Cons: rubber band can stain which defects aesthetics, more expensive
Self- Ligating (Self-Locking)
Pros: less food gets trapped, no staining problem, fewer visits, shorter treatment time than non-self-ligating
Cons: more costly
Pros: not noticeable
Cons: hurt tongue, difficult to speak initially, more expensive because treatment is specialized, longer treatment than traditional brackets
We offer the clinically proven invisalign braces treatment, the almost invisible way to provide teeth straightening.
Clear Invisalign braces are the ultimate cosmetic brace for creating beautiful smiles! Invisalign is a revolutionary way for teeth straightening without obvious braces by using a series of nearly undetectable aligners instead of wires and brackets. These clear braces move your teeth, week by week, millimeter by millimeter, to the desired position.
Using 3D computer technology each of your Invisalign brace aligners is made to sit snugly over your teeth and unlike normal braces can be removed for eating, brushing and flossing. You’ll visit us once every two to six weeks to ensure that your orthodontic treatment is progressing as planned. Treatment time averages 5-12 months, using 10 to 24 aligners.
Invisalign is particularly suitable for adults and most teenagers. We are a leading orthodontist for Invisalign braces Vancouver.
Pros: virtually invisible, easier to clean and maintain, no irritation to gums, no need for dental wax, does not stain
Cons: more costly, may need traditional braces for a few months before or after invisalign treatment, need excellent compliance, 6 weeks for aligners to arrive from factory and may need more aligners (enhancements) after the original set