Orthodontic Treatment


For most patients, getting a beautiful smile is the main reason for orthodontic care. If you are insecure or self-conscious about your smile, correcting your concerns with orthodontic treatment (braces) will greatly improve the way you look and feel.

Once your treatment is finished, you will have the smile you dreamt of and the newfound confidence to show it off! We also want you to feel comfortable throughout your entire dental orthodontic journey, and the team at Peak Family Dentalin Cranbrook is committed to making sure you receive the quality care you need.

How Dental Orthodontic Treatment Works

Orthodontic appliances are made of plastic, metal, or ceramic. They may be removable, or they could be brackets bonded to the teeth. By placing a gentle and constant force in a controlled direction, braces slowly move the teeth to the correct position.

Long gone are the days when a metal band and bracket was wrapped around each tooth. Now you can choose clear or metal brackets and, often, the color of your appliance. Wires are much less apparent, and modern materials are designed to move teeth faster with less discomfort. Today, patients of any age can wear braces!

Duration of Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic Treatment time varies, and usually lasts between one and three years, based on factors including age, treatment method, and severity of case. A key factor in successful treatment is you! The more diligent you are with care and treatment, the better the outcome will be. For children, receiving early treatment can also help provide a quicker treatment time, versus waiting later in life.

Before starting your dental orthodontic care, your doctor will review all available options and provide an educated estimate for how long the total treatment may take. If you’re interested in a consultation, please contact our practice to book an appointment and learn more about orthodontics and the treatments we provide.


Dental Orthodontic FAQs

What are orthodontics?

Orthodontics (commonly referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a special form of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of facial and dental abnormalities.

Whatis an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dental specialist that received two to three years of extra training and experience. Your dental orthodontist can straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve your smile.

What is the best age to visit an orthodontist?

If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, any age can be a good age to see an orthodontist. The Canadian Association of Orthodontists suggests children first visit an orthodontist at the age of six seven; however, dental orthodontic treatment is not only for children or teens, as about one in every four orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Whether you are considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or for a child, any time can be a great time to visit the orthodontist.

How can I take care for my teeth if I'm wearing braces or a retainer?

  • ALWAYS Brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
  • Use toothpaste withfluoride and ask your orthodontist or family dentist if you should use a fluoride rinse. This will also help prevent cavities!
  • If you remove your retainer to eat, ensure you brush your teeth, floss, after - and remember to keep it safe in its container while you’re eating so that it does not get lost or broken.
  • Make sure you schedule your routine checkups with your family dentist. It is recommended that you continue to visit the dentist every six months.

What are braces?

Braces are the tool used by your orthodontist to improve the look your smile. There are many different types of braces to choose from, including:

  • Clear braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Gold braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Self-ligating braces
  • Invisible braces
  • Traditional metal braces

How do I schedule my next appointment?

Simply call our practice here in Cranbrook! Our staff will be happy to help schedule your next appointment at your convenience. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our Cranbrook Dental Orthodontic Treatment practice, please let us know and we will provide you with all of the information you need.