Here's where you'll find the most current information about orthodontics. If you have questions about your orthodontic treatment, be sure to ask a member of our Calgary orthodontic team or explore the following public websites for your reference:
- Canadian Association of Orthodontics
- American Association of Orthodontics
- American Board of Orthodontics
Orthodontics for Teens
Braces, retainer, and everything else that you want to know about orthodontics!
You've just determined with Halpern Wolk Hoffman Orthodontics that you need braces! We know you may have a lot of questions! We are here to answer any questions while helping you achieve your fabulous new smile as quickly and safely as possible while having fun along the way!
Braces! What now?
Braces today come in a variety of styles, materials, more comfort, and even more stylish than in the past.
Drs. Halpern, Wolk and Hoffman use a number of different types of braces for our teen patients; it really comes down to what types of braces work best for you. For traditional braces, all our doctors believe in self-ligation brackets such as Damon™ Smile, Empower® and Insignia™. In some cases, we enjoy helping you achieve your fabulous new smile with clear aligners such as Invisalign® and ClearCorrect™. It all depends on your needs.
How long will I have to wear braces?
The amount of time it takes to treat your smile with braces depends on three key factors:
- Early treatment (around 7-12 years old) — To set young patients up for success early treatment is about ensuring the facial bones grow well in relation to one another and that the adult teeth have room to come in to the mouth. Not everybody receives early orthodontic treatment. Our doctors recommend that a patient be monitored until they are older to receive treatment.
- What needs correction — The amount of treatment needed in order to correct a problem will determine how long the process takes. Different patients react to treatments differently, so while it may take one patient only 12 months to complete their treatment; it may take another patient 24 months. Treatment times can vary depending on how quickly your body responds and how much work is needed.
- YOU! — Your participation in using the appliances your orthodontist gives you plays a major role in the length of time it takes to complete your treatment. If you follow exactly what our doctors ask of you, then your treatment will go smoother and will be done no longer than your initially expected treatment length of time.
Eating with Braces
You've probably heard from your parents, friends and even your orthodontist, the long list of foods and beverages that you should avoid while wearing braces. While it may seem like you're giving up a lot, it is important to avoid eating certain foods. We want you to enjoy your braces experience, so here's a quick list of foods to avoid and foods that you can eat while wearing braces.
Foods to avoid while wearing braces:
- Chewy foods - bagels, licorice
- Crunchy foods - popcorn, chips, ice
- Sticky foods - caramel candies, chewing gum
- Hard foods - nuts, hard candies
- Foods that require biting into - corn on the cob, apples, carrots, chicken wings (take meat off of bone), ribs
Foods you CAN eat while wearing braces:
- Dairy - soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
- Breads - soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins w/o nuts
- Grains - pasta, soft cooked rice
- Meats/poultry - soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
- Seafood - tuna, salmon, crab cakes
- Vegetables - mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
- Fruits - applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
- Treats - ice cream w/o nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake
We cannot stress enough to follow EXACTLY what Drs. Halpern, Wolk or Hoffman have told you about what foods to avoid, how to wear your elastics or appliance instructions. It is very simple; follow the instructions and your treatment will be smooth sailing! And don’t forget the most important rule...SMILE!
Our team at Halpern Wolk Hoffman Orthodontics love our patients and are honored to have the privilege to treat them. Our favorite thing to do is to laugh with them, get to know them on a personal level and always let them know we are here for them. We can’t wait to do the same for you!