Many people wonder whether or not their insurance will cover braces, and many plans do! At Erin Ridge Dental, we provide a free consultation, allowing us to work together to find the perfect payment plan for you. Our dentists assure you that there will be no hidden fees, as it is important to us to make sure you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into cost-wise, and we provide payment plans to ensure braces are as affordable as ever.
And remember, our St. Albert dentists are committed to providing affordable braces treatment in St. Albert, with payments starting as low as $40 a week, and the majority of patients can complete their treatment for under $5000. The services included in this cost are the initial consultation, application, upkeep, and further monitoring to ensure lasting results.
Once you’re ready to get started, you can book your initial consultation with one of our dentists, we will work together to decide what option works best for you, whether that be metal braces, clear (ceramic) braces, Myobrace, or Invisalign. The initial examination will include 3D scans, X-rays, and other photos to study structure and approach.
The application of braces is a very simple and painless procedure, but can take 1-2 hours to complete. The brace brackets are glued onto your teeth with a special bonding cement, which is then cured with a bright blue light. Once all the brackets are aligned and attached, we thread a wire to connect them all and you’re done! And you can rest easy, as there is no preparation necessary on the patient’s part.
Application is painless, however for a few days afterwards it is common to experience some discomfort from the braces, and this will also occur with each wire adjustment going forward. During this time it is recommended to eat softer foods to reduce irritation and take pain-relievers (Ibuprofen, Advil, Tylenol) if necessary. And there are certain hard-to-eat foods that should be overall avoided for the treatment period, such as chewy foods, sticky foods, and things you bite into such as corn on the cob. But don’t worry, the soreness from adjustments will be short-lived, and you’ll be mostly back to your usual routine in no time.
Typically or dentists recommend for children to start with braces around the ages of 11-14, as this is the time when most kids will have all their adult teeth coming in. This timing is also beneficial because the children are still growing, so rather than letting teeth set in an unfavourable position, our braces can work together with the child’s natural growth to develop straight structured teeth. Depending on the level of treatment needed, braces can be necessary for anywhere between a few months to a few years, so it is best to get started as soon as possible.
In other cases, some children may have perfect teeth until they find that they lack the adult lateral incisors (the two teeth on either side of their front teeth), this is a natural occurrence that also calls for the need of braces. For this treatment you can choose to either bring all other teeth forward to fill the gap, or make enough space to eventually allow for implants. Once again, we will discuss which option works best for you or your child depending on personal preferences and sustainability.
As far as upkeep goes, there is one major appliance which helps maintain all the work you’ve put into your dental health: retainers. Aptly named, retainers work to retain the current new position your teeth have taken on, and as such they should be worn indefinitely.
There are two kinds of retainers, one which is a plastic/barred removable appliance to be worn at all times for the first few months. As time goes by this retainer can be worn only at night, but must again be worn for the rest of your life, so long as you want to maintain your new beautiful smile.
Secondly, there are permanent fixed retainers. Similar in a sense to braces, they are a wire that is bonded to your teeth, although usually only on the bottom inner front teeth, spanning across the middle 4-6 teeth. After time these retainers feel virtually unnoticeable, but once again they will need to be maintained and you’ll have this retainer for the rest of your life.
Many of our patients and dentists find that a combination of the two types works best for maintaining your smile, as the lower fixed brace works full-time to keep your brace’s alignment. Furthermore, it may be necessary to check back in with our dentists periodically moving forward, to ensure that the new formation isn’t being lost.
At Erin Ridge Dental, we charge between $2999 and $6199 to straighten your teeth with braces. We also offer 0% interest, monthly payment plans that start from $40/week. Braces prices in Calgary can vary amongst dental professionals. So it is a great idea to shop around and find the best available prices for your budget.
Yes we do! We offer flexible financing options such as 0% FINANCING and EXTENDED MONTHLY PAYMENT PLANS. Our goal is to help you create the perfect payment plan that fits your budget.
Over the last 11 years, our dentists have helped thousands of patients smile with confidence. We stand behind our work and dedicate ourselves to making sure that you’re our number 1 priority.
We want to make sure you have a good idea of your current orthodontic condition and which treatment option would be best for your case. In an orthodontic consultation, you will get an opportunity to tour the office and meet our entire team. The doctor will look at your mouth and assess the complexity of your treatment and review what treatment options are available to you. Together, we will discuss any concerns you may have with your orthodontic treatment.
Misaligned teeth can lead to a variety of different health issues that you may not have even considered. Airway issues, premature wear, tooth loss, and periodontal (gum) disease are just some of the negative causes.
Properly aligned teeth reduce the risk of tooth chipping, breaking, and wear, which could cause pain and lead to expensive procedures in the future to save your teeth. Proper alignment can also help reduce stress on the jawbone and lessen some of the symptoms of TMJ.
Application is painless, however for a few days afterward it is common to experience some discomfort from the braces, and this will also occur with each wire adjustment going forward.
The Canadian Dental Association recommends every child have an orthodontic assessment no later than age 7. That’s because not all orthodontic problems can be treated if we were to wait for all adult teeth to be present. Waiting on treatment can lead to a less than ideal result. Certain orthodontic problems are best treated when children have a combination of adult and baby teeth.