3 Types of Alternative Braces You Should Consider

By: Dr. Lorne Kamelchuk, Jun 19, 2019
3 Types of Alternative Braces You Should Consider, Dr. Lorne Kamelchuk

You have options! Get that smile you've always wanted.

The technology of braces in recent years has changed a lot and we are embracing that change! We are now able to move your teeth more easily, with better-looking braces, and with much less discomfort.

Here are the different types of braces used today:

Speed Braces:

SPEED Braces have revolutionized orthodontics by eliminating the need for the elastics that traditional braces require straightening teeth. Instead, SPEED Braces use an energy-storing component called a 'Spring Clip' to straighten teeth. The SPEED Spring Clip works like a computer chip inside your braces. 

The Spring Clip is 'programmed' by your orthodontist when SPEED Braces are placed on your teeth. The Spring Clip, made of a 'Super-Elastic' space age material, then follows the program instructions by applying a light continuous force to gently move teeth to their correct position. To read more Click here to go to their website 

Damon Bracket System 

With Damon Clear, people may not even realize you're wearing braces. Other clear or so-called invisible braces have visible metal parts or elastic ties that can yellow during treatment. But Damon Clear braces are more discrete and resistant to staining and discoloration all throughout treatment. Clinical studies indicate that the elastomeric rings of traditional braces collect more bacteria and plaque and can lead to adverse gingival conditions. Unlike traditional clear braces, Damon Clear does not use elastomeric rings, so your braces are easy to keep clean…Click here to learn more about Damon Bracket System. 

GAC In-Ovation Brackets 

In-Ovation C is a smart way to optimize your practice and expand treatment options. Studies consistently show that self-ligating brackets significantly lower frictional forces offer faster, easier archwire changes increase appointment intervals and shorten patient treatment time. Further, the bracket’s exceptionally high translucency and rhodium coated clip provide superb esthetics – a marketable advantage that appeals to patients of all ages. 

The choice of brackets will be dependent on your needs, but all of these systems are self-ligating braces, which means:

  • Smaller, more comfortable brackets!
  • No fastening of archwires with twist-tie wires or elastics
  • Semi-clear and aesthetically pleasing brackets
  • Each bracket has a built-in clip that allows us to easily place the archwire securely
  • Your teeth can move with less discomfort
  • Fewer office visits!
  • Less food will get stuck in your braces
  • Braces are easier to keep clean

Dr. Lorne Kamelchuk, owner of Dr. Lorne Kamelchuk Orthodontics in Calgary, AB is an orthodontist who has been practicing orthodontics in Calgary since 1998. He has earned degrees in both dentistry and orthodontics, from the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto, and has a true passion for orthodontics and his patients’ well-being. 

In addition to maintaining his Calgary orthodontic practice, Dr. Kamelchuk has also lectured on clinical and specialty orthodontics throughout Canada, the US and in Europe. He is a Clinical Professor of Orthodontics at the University of Alberta, has lectured at several universities across North America, and has presented to various dental and orthodontic societies on both sides of the Pacific. Dr. Kamelchuk is also an Examiner in Orthodontics for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC); the national body that certifies Dental Specialists with their qualifying exams upon completing specialty training in Dentistry.

Dr. Kamelchuk also provides continuing education training to other dentists through a Study Club and has had several publications in peer-reviewed literature.

While heavily involved in orthodontics, Dr. Kamelchuk considers his greatest responsibility to be his family. With his wife, Judith who practices as a Board Certified Physiotherapist, the Kamelchuks have been blessed with three daughters and a son.