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Authentic Orthodontics: Look Good, Feel Good

Meet Authentic Orthodontics. Owned by local orthodontists Dr. Michael French and Dr. Michael Olsen, they care about your dental health and want to help you achieve the best smile.

Authentic Orthodontics is a locally owned, community focused orthodontic practice with two locations in South Calgary and one in the community of Okotoks.  Dr. French, Dr. Olsen and their associate Dr. Leavitt, are Orthodontists who all take great pride in their work. Their mission is to educate patients about proper dental care and provide custom treatment plans. “We want to give you a smile to be proud of,” they say. Their goal is to ensure children, teens and adults get the proper orthodontic treatment that they need or desire, including braces, bite correction, or expanders.

With an emphasis on personalized treatment, their goal is to provide quality care to each patient. Authentic Orthodontics prides themselves on their five core values: Authentic, Efficient, Quality, Professional and Enthusiastic. They understand your time is important, and the quality of treatment you receive should be professional and done in a friendly, comfortable environment. “We love what we do, and hope others feel that energy from us!”

The Best Time to Visit an Orthodontist

When is the best time to see an orthodontist? “Early intervention is best,” the doctors tell us. This can be as early as age seven. This is when adult teeth start coming in and can cause crowding and discomfort. There are many issues that can arise that are not so apparent, which include but are not limited to:

  • Difficulty in chewing or biting
  • Thumb-sucking
  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
  • Jaws that are too far forward or back

Your First Visit

You and your child will meet with one of the treatment coordinators to have some photographs taken and possibly an x-ray as well before having a thorough examination with one of the Orthodontists.  They recommend planning 1 hour for the initial visit to ensure you have plenty of time and all of your questions are answered.   If treatment is recommended, a custom treatment plan would be presented to you.  They have very flexible payment options available and will also work with you and your insurance company if you have orthodontic benefits to use.  Their goal is to make your visit as pleasant and enjoyable as possible!

Treatment for Children, Teens and Adults

At Authentic Orthodontics, they offer various types of treatment for all ages!

Here are a few examples of treatment options they offer:

  • Metal Braces. Metal braces continue to offer several advantages. They are highly durable, capable of withstanding the rigors of complex dental adjustments, and are often the preferred choice for more severe cases of misalignment or bite issues.  They have a proven track record of success, with orthodontists using them for decades to achieve remarkable smile transformations. Metal braces remain an excellent choice in the world of orthodontic care.
  • Clear Braces. Also known as ceramic braces, they provide effective orthodontic treatment while offering a more discreet and aesthetically pleasing option. Made from transparent or tooth-colored materials, clear braces blend seamlessly with the natural color of teeth, making them significantly less noticeable than traditional metal braces. This makes them an appealing choice for individuals who may feel self-conscious about the appearance of their smile during treatment. Despite their subtle appearance, clear braces are just as capable as metal braces in correcting misalignments and bite issues. For those seeking a balance between effective orthodontic treatment and a more inconspicuous approach, clear braces present a compelling option to achieve a straighter, more confident smile.
  • Invisalign. This revolutionary treatment is popular among teens and adults alike. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign utilizes a series of custom-made, clear aligner trays that are comfortable to wear yet are removable for eating.  This innovative approach allows individuals to discreetly address misalignment issues without the aesthetic concerns associated with visible braces. Invisalign's computer-generated treatment plans provide precise and predictable results, and the ability to remove the aligners makes eating, brushing, and flossing easier, promoting better oral health throughout the treatment process. With Invisalign, individuals can enjoy the benefits of orthodontic correction with minimal impact on their daily lives and appearance, making it a popular choice for those seeking a convenient and cosmetically appealing solution to their orthodontic needs.

The Length of Treatment

Treatment times vary for every patient as it depends on their treatment and a few other factors.  Just as every smile is different, each treatment plan they do is custom and made just for you!

  • Early treatment. Interceptive care 7 year and up
  • Extent of treatment. Depending on the severity of the problem, the length of treatment will vary. The Orthodontists at Authentic Orthodontics will help determine the best options for you.
  • Your teen’s cooperation. You know your child best and know if they will be compliant with elastic wear, or wearing Invisalign Aligners.  This plays a huge part in the overall success of orthodontic treatment!  Good oral hygiene is a must too

Authentic Orthodontics: Orthodontic Care for Children, Teens and Adults

At Authentic Orthodontics, they genuinely care about you and your oral health. They want their patients to feel their best and feel good about seeking orthodontic care.  Properly aligned teeth allow you to have a healthy and bright smile! 

If you are interested in orthodontic care for you and/or your child, reach out to Authentic Orthodontics!  They offer free consultations with no referral needed! Visit their website to see how they can help you achieve a brighter, more confident smile. Remember: It’s never too late to enhance your smile!