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Get Your Traditional Braces in Calgary, AB

For many years, traditional braces were the only option for treating malocclusions, also known as “bad bite.” Metal brackets would be attached to the teeth and connected with a dental wire to pull the teeth into their appropriate alignment. While advancements in dental technology have made other treatments possible, at Peak Dental Group in Calgary, AB, traditional metal braces are still one of the most popular options.

Conditions Treated by Traditional Braces

When it comes to treating dental malocclusions, the most popular treatment method is traditional braces.

Crowded Teeth

While there are several options for resolving overcrowded teeth, braces are usually the best option. When we discover that a patient has overcrowded teeth, we recommend braces as soon as possible because it can be difficult to brush and floss effectively. When left untreated, more extensive steps may be required.


When the top teeth overlap the bottom teeth, it is known as an overbite. This condition is common and can be caused by a variety of things including genetics (development of the jawbone) or habits (thumb-sucking or prolonged pacifier use).


When the bottom teeth overlap the top teeth, it is known as an underbite. This malocclusion puts additional pressure on the jaw joint, which can cause discomfort and cause significant wear on teeth. If left untreated can lead to chronic TMJ pain and may require surgery.

Gapped Teeth

While some of our patients have overcrowded teeth, some of them have gaps between their teeth. This may be due to an oversized lingual frenulum, undersized teeth, or habits such as prolonged pacifier use or thumb-sucking. Some of our patients love their gaps and don’t want to resolve them, while others want to pull their teeth into proper alignment.

Open Bite

When the mouth is closed and the back teeth are touching but the front teeth are not, it is a condition known as open bite. Most of the time, this is due to bad habits during childhood. For most patients, traditional braces can resolve an open bite. However, in more complex cases, we may recommend surgery when basic treatment isn’t enough, and we are sure the patient is no longer growing/developing.

Advantages of Traditional Braces

Some of the advantages of traditional braces include:

This treatment has been around for many decades and most orthodontists are very familiar with it.
Over time, technology has advanced traditional braces to where they are now, and the success rate has improved. Even the aesthetics have improved, though they are still visible, are much more discreet than the original traditional braces.
Traditional braces are much more effective for complex malocclusions than other options, including invisalign.
Since the braces are attached, they are always working to realign the teeth, ensuring the process progresses at a fast, steady pace.
Often more effective for children and teens because it ensures compliance since they can’t be removed.
Depending on the situation, traditional braces are often less expensive than other options.

Disadvantages of Traditional Braces

Some of the disadvantages of traditional braces include:

While technological advancements have made traditional braces less bulky, they are still not invisible. This has a significant effect on self-confidence in children since many children can be bullies.
Since they are fixed in place, maintenance is more complicated. You may need to use a Waterpik for flossing and an interdental brush to brush your teeth. Over time, dental hygiene practices will become easier as you get used to working around the braces.
Since foods that are hard or sticky may get stuck in the brackets and wires, you may have to give them up for the duration of your treatment. If you do try to eat them anyway, the brackets and wires could become damaged, leading to expensive replacements.
Traditional braces must be adjusted regularly throughout treatment based on the progress of treatment. This means that you have to make sure you have room in your schedule for them.
Traditional braces often cause irritation and discomfort, especially when they are first put on and following adjustments.

Traditional Braces: Before and After

The dental team at Peak Dental Group, that is: Dr. Sammy Gill, Dr. Lana Huynh, and Dr. Gurshant Grewal have been trained in the various types of malocclusions and understand the best orthodontic approach to correcting each one. We look forward to working with you to straighten your crooked smile and improve your confidence.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you have a dental malocclusion, schedule your free consultation with the team at Peak Dental Group today. We will conduct a thorough exam, take some x-rays, and address any questions or concerns you may have. This will help us determine the type and severity of your malocclusion to determine the best course of treatment.

If we decide that traditional braces are the best option, we will move forward with treatment. Our friendly office staff will work with your dental insurance provider to determine coverage. For your portion, we accept a variety of payment methods, including financing through PayBright by Affirm. We look forward to helping you straighten your smile.

Traditional Braces FAQs

The team at Peak Dental gets a lot of questions about dental procedures. Below are some of the most common ones we get when it comes to traditional braces:

Are braces cosmetic or necessary?
Braces improve the aesthetics of your smile, but they also shift your teeth into the proper alignment so that you can chew properly and avoid damage/decay to your teeth due to misalignment.
How long does it take for braces to resolve a misalignment?
On average, it takes 1 to 3 years to resolve teeth misalignments with traditional braces, depending on the severity. When you come in for your consultation, our dental team will be able to examine your mouth and the severity of your misalignment to determine an approximate timeline for treatment.
What is the ideal age for traditional braces?
There is no such thing as an “ideal” age for traditional braces. Everyone, from children to adults can benefit from orthodontics. We do recommend that braces not be put on our pediatric patients until the age of 10.
Are there other options?
Yes, there are other options for resolving teeth misalignment. We offer ceramic braces, which are similar to traditional metal braces but are tooth-colored, and we offer Invisalign and Invisalign Teen.
Are braces painful?
For the first few days, you will feel some discomfort, which can typically be resolved with OTC pain medications. This pain may return when your braces are adjusted but should resolve with OTC pain medications and time.
Can I brush/floss with braces?
When you have traditional braces, you’ll need to put more time and effort into brushing your teeth to make sure that you remove all food particles from around your brackets. An electric toothbrush can be helpful. When it comes to flossing, you may consider using a Waterpik instead of regular dental floss.
What is the cost of traditional braces?
There is no standard cost for traditional braces. There are several factors that go into determining the price. However, some dental plans will cover at least a portion of treatment or have the option to add orthodontic coverage. Our friendly office staff will work with your provider to determine your coverage and what you must pay out-of-pocket. If you need help, we do offer financing through PayBright by Affirm.
What happens when braces are removed?
Once your treatment has ended, you will be given a retainer to wear for a while. For some time, you will need to wear it all the time. Then, you will only be required to wear it at night. This will keep your teeth in their new position.

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