Foley Wilde Orthodontics is an award-winning team of orthodontists in London, Ontario providing braces and orthodontic treatments to both teens and adults. We are proud to offer our patients the highest quality of care leading to beautiful and lasting smiles. Whether it be traditional metal braces, self-ligating braces, clear ceramic braces or clear aligners, our knowledgeable and friendly staff will make your experience with braces as comfortable and pleasant as possible.
If your teenager has crooked, overlapping teeth or a misaligned jaw they likely need braces. Foley Wilde Orthodontics offers a variety of styles of braces to teens in London, ON. Our orthodontic specialists work with your teenager to match their braces with their orthodontic issues and lifestyle for a straighter smile while simultaneously reducing discomfort and health concerns as they age.
It is never too late consider braces. As orthodontic technologies advances and braces become more and more discrete we are seeing and increase in adult patients. Braces are the perfect option for adults seeking orthodontic treaments to improve their overall and health and find confidence in their smiles. The wide variety of braces at Foley Wilde Orthodontics allows you to choose perfect style for your needs.
Today, traditional metal braces are more comfortable than ever. They are still considered the most popular style of orthodontic braces and are made of high-grade stainless steel. This style of braces uses brackets and archwires to straighten teeth. Brackets are applied directly to your teeth and wires are threaded through in order to apply light continuous pressure to move and shift teeth into place slowly. Today’s traditional metal braces are much less noticeable than they once were and advancements in technology means that this style of braces shift teeth alignment quicker than they did in the past. With traditional metal braces, you also have the opportunity to add coloured rubber bands to the brackets to make them more personal.
Self-ligating braces are somewhat similar to traditional metal braces, combining the use of brackets and wires to straighten teeth. Self-ligating braces, however, don’t require the use of rubber bands. These orthodontic braces use door and clips to hold onto the wire. This means fewer visits to the orthodontist and less discomfort in some cases as there is less pressure being applied to the teeth.
Ceramic braces are a popular style of braces for older teens and adults undergoing orthodontic treatments. They are made of ceramic materials and are designed to match the colour and shade of the patient’s tooth. They are far less visible than traditional metal braces and offer a more discrete solution to braces. They do, however, require more maintenance and caution than the other styles of braces, as they can easily be stained if not cleaned properly.
Invisalign is considered the most popular invisible aligner ‘braces’ available. They are removable, invisible acrylic trays that straighten your teeth with continued wear. They are considered a more comfortable style of braces, and the ability to easily remove the aligners makes cleaning and maintaining these braces a breeze. Patients can remove the aligners to eat or drink, without worrying about staining or breaking a bracket.
Incognito braces are a great option for those who want to straighten their smile without visible braces. These virtually imperceptible aligners are great option for patients who are involved in sports that maybe at risk for injury if wearing other styles of braces. Incognito hidden braces are custom fitted to the shape of your teeth and use state-of-the-art technology to straighten the smiles of our adult, teen and child patients.
Not all types of braces are right for every patient. For more information about braces or clear aligners and to find out which orthodontic treatments are right for you, contact the team of London Orthodontists at Foley Wilde Orthodontics.
The length of treatment can vary depending on the patient. Typically, treatments can last anywhere from six to thirty months, however, the average length of standard treatment is roughly 22 months.
Getting braces put on does not hurt, but you may feel some discomfort for the first few days. The discomfort is manageable, and your teeth, gums, cheeks and mouth will start to adjust to the new appliances over time.
To avoid the buildup of plaque and the development of cavities, you should be brushing your teeth at least three times a day. Food can easily get caught in your brackets and wires, so it’s important to keep the appliances clean.
Absolutely! Regular checkups every 6 months are important, especially when you are receiving orthodontic treatment. Food can easily get caught between your braces, causing a potential buildup of bacteria that can lead to issues such as gum disease, gingivitis and cavities. Your dentist can help monitor for these concerns and will work alongside your orthodontist to ensure your teeth stay clean throughout your orthodontic treatment
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