A smile is one of the first things people notice as they make a first impression. Make that moment count and let your smile live its best life with the help of orthodontics from Hamptons Dental here in NW Calgary.
We understand that for many people, living with crooked or misaligned teeth can be a great hindrance to full self-confidence. However, we know that with a little bit of gentle orthodontic care, everyone has a megawatt smile just waiting to be revealed.
Corrected teeth and a beautiful smile go far beyond superficial beauty. A healthy smile means a healthy mouth. When your teeth are misaligned, it’s much easier for bacteria and plaque to build up. This increases the risk of oral health issues, and no one wants to deal with troublesome periodontal disease or a bacteria growth problem.
Wondering if you’re a good candidate for orthodontic care?
If you have any of the following dental conditions, you may benefit from orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign, braces, or retainers:
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Gap teeth
- Spaces between teeth
How Does Hamptons Dental Orthodontics Work?
At Hamptons Dental, we try to keep things simple.
Regardless of what kind of orthodontic treatment you’re seeking, you should know that they all work the same way. Orthodontics apply gentle and consistent pressure to the teeth in a certain way to slowly shift them into their proper place over time. Simple, right?
As our bodies continue to grow and change, old cells are replaced by new cells, and things begin to shift and shape differently. We can take advantage of these processes to create a gorgeous smile by applying this dental pressure with special tools, like braces or Invisalign.
If you’ve ever wondered why orthodontics can take so long (anywhere from 9 months up to a few years), that’s why. Instead of fighting against what’s naturally happening in our bodies, we work in tandem with it to make life-long, effective changes with extreme precision. Just remember: good things take time, and orthodontics is no exception.
What Makes Orthodontics Important?
Many people think about the cosmetic aspects of dental and oral health and overlook the role the mouth plays in overall health and wellness. The truth is that our teeth play a major role in our daily functioning, and most people don’t realise it until they find themselves in an unfortunate dental health situation.
Don’t believe us? Ask someone with dentures how they feel about their dental health, and they’ll surely tell you that caring for your natural teeth is something not to be taken for granted.
When your teeth have an issue like misalignment, crowding, or crookedness, your mouth is under more stress than it needs to be. It adds extra wear to your teeth and can eventually make things like eating and speaking difficult.
Even if the spatial issues don’t make these functions uncomfortable, there can still be trouble brewing beneath the surface. Plaque, bacteria, and bits of food can get stuck in the crevices and gaps within the mouth and can be difficult to get out.
Dealing with these issues over time can lead to chips, cracks, and breakage of teeth. Eventually, someone who has these issues and does not seek orthodontic treatment may need more serious procedures such as veneers or implants performed.
What’s the Right Age for Orthodontics?
While the common understanding for many is that orthodontics is best applied during adolescence, there’s never a bad time to start caring for your dental health. Anyone that is 11 years or older with a mouth full of permanent teeth is a great candidate.
It’s helpful to use orthodontics during the teenage years for some as the bones are still growing and can be manipulated much easier. However, these teeth can still shift after the orthodontics are removed. For this reason, some people prefer to wait for adulthood to look into orthodontics.
Traditional metal braces can be bulky and noticeable. For the adult or responsible teenager that is looking for a more discrete option, Invisalign is a great invisible aligner system that works, in the same way, to shift teeth over time.
When Not to Get Orthodontics
You might be wondering, “Is there anyone out there who should avoid getting orthodontics?” We hear you. Typically, no, there aren’t really any indicators that suggest someone should not get orthodontics. What you should consider is the type of treatment that is best for each case.
In some instances, a specialist’s attention might be needed to treat jaw issues. In others, someone might not wear their Invisalign retainers faithfully. This would greatly decrease the effectiveness of treatment, making them a better candidate for traditional metal braces that cannot be removed.
Calgary Orthodontic Care By Hamptons Dental
Hamptons Dental has been serving the NW Calgary area for over 20 years. We aim to create beautiful, healthy smiles on each and every one of our patients. Give us a try and see for yourself the difference orthodontics by Hamptons Dental can make. Call today at (403) 274-7122.