Your Calgary Orthodontist!
Dr. Leagh Harfield was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and received his dental degree from the University Of Manitoba in 1986. He practiced general dentistry as an associate in Winnipeg for 3 years.
In 1989, Dr. Harfield moved to Calgary, Alberta to open his own general dental practice. In 1996, he returned to graduate school at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco, California attaining his Master’s degree in Science as well as his Specialist’s certification in Orthodontics.
Dr. Harfield is married to his wife of 15 years, Stephanie, and they have two sons, Benjamin and James, who keep him very, very busy. Outside of orthodontics, Dr. Harfield enjoys spending his time with his family and “fueling” his interest in cars, music, and travelling whenever he gets the opportunity.
Dr. Leagh Harfield
Registered Specialist in Orthodontics
Dr. Harfield enjoys and is committed to the ever-evolving field of Orthodontics. He runs his practice with a passion for good service in a well-organized setting. His greatest goal is to provide a personalized, caring and individualized approach to orthodontic care for all of his patients in an open and friendly environment.
Our Orthodontic Services
At Harfield Orthodontics, we believe that braces aren’t just for kids, and that you can improve your smile at any age! Our orthodontist and staff members strive to provide our patients with orthodontic care, and make every effort to ensure that each patient is informed on the different types of braces that we offer.
Our orthodontic options include:
- The Damon® System
- Damon® Clear Braces
Types of Braces
Braces for Kids, Teens & Adults in the South Calgary Area
The Damon® System
Metal braces are still the most common type of orthodontic treatment used today. The Damon® System utilizes technology called “self-ligation” that allows the wire to slide back and forth within the bracket, which allows for an efficient treatment. Damon® brackets do not require the use of steel or elastic ties.
Damon® Clear Braces
Damon Clear braces also utilize low friction and self-ligation technology. These braces also have an aesthetic appeal as the brackets are made of a clear material that makes the appearance of braces less obvious.
Once your treatment with braces or Invisalign is complete, you will get a retainer. Both removable and permanent retainers may be used to keep your teeth in their corrected positions.
Invisalign® clear aligners are a form of braces that use clear plastic aligners to provide another option for straightening your teeth.
Invisalign® is only available for adult and teen patients with certain bite problems.
If you are a candidate for Invisalign, a series of clear customized aligners will be computer generated specifically for you to gradually move your teeth into proper alignment.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect at my first visit?
We are excited to meet you on your first visit. When you come into our office for the first time, we will help you gain more knowledge about the specific treatment you need while also helping you familiarize yourself with our office. We understand that each patient has different orthodontic treatment needs but we promise to give you the quality personal attention you deserve.
During your first visit to our office, we will do a quick examination and have a discussion with you regarding the nature of your problem and which treatment option would best fit your needs. It will be at this point that we will determine if it is a proper time to begin treatment or not. After your first visit, we will mail you and your dentist a written summary of the findings and a detailed plan that outlines your treatment goals and estimated fees.
How much do braces or Invisalign cost? Do you have financing options?
It is impossible to give you an exact cost for treatment until we have examined your situation. We will cover the exact cost and financial options during the first visit.
We have many financing options available to accommodate your needs, and we will review these with you. We will also review your insurance policy to help maximize your benefits and file your claims.
Am I too old or is my child too young for braces?
Braces for Adults: A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. Health, happiness and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. No patient is "too old" to wear braces!
Early Age Orthodontics: Phase I treatment, if necessary, is usually initiated on children between the ages of 7 and 10 and lasts about 12 months. The primary objective of Phase I treatment is to address dental concerns, that if left untreated may result in more extensive full treatment in the future.
What should I do in case of an orthodontic emergency?
If you have an orthodontic emergency, we ask that you contact our office right away. We will help guide you through the issue, and may recommend you come in for an appointment. Here are some common orthodontic emergencies:
Sore teeth - It is expected that the teeth will be sore for the first few days. There are now new pressures and forces being applied to the teeth that they have never felt before. If the teeth are sore initially, it is important to remember that it will not last. Things will settle down within a few days. Eating or drinking cool foods or liquids will help relieve some of the pressure from the wire.
Irritations - Now that the braces are on, it will take your mouth, lips and cheeks a few days to get used to them. The smooth surface of the teeth has been replaced by the braces, so it is not uncommon for a “sore spot” to develop. If you notice that the braces feel particularly scratchy in one area or another, simply use the wax provided to help smooth out the rough spot until the cheeks and lips toughen up.
Loose Bracket - If the main wire or a bracket comes loose, a general rule is if it is not bothering you or causing you any discomfort, and your appointment is coming up (within three weeks or so), it is not a problem to wait for your next appointment to have a repair done . Please still call us to inform us that something needs fixing. However, if something breaks and you are in a situation where you must cut the wire or slide a bracket off the wire, you may use clean fingernail clippers. Please give us a call and we will schedule a repair appointment.
Lost Separator - It may have fallen out because it has made the space required; however, the space will close if a separator is not kept in place. Try to replace the separator with the extra separators we provided you in the small envelope. If you are unsuccessful please give our office a call and we will schedule an appointment to replace it.
How do I care for my teeth with braces?
Once your braces are in place, it is very important to maintain good oral hygiene practices.
The brackets and wires make it easier for food particles to become trapped, so it is important to carefully brush and floss after every meal.
The accumulation of food over time can lead to plaque and bacteria build up, which over time will cause tooth decay and gum disease. Ask our team if you have any further questions about oral hygiene.
Our New Partnership
We have recently joined forces with the team at myORTHODONTIST and Dr. Wally Dhol. Over the years, we have made every effort to serve our patients better. Through this partnership, we have created a space for collaboration and innovation in orthodontics.
Learn more about our other offices in Calgary.
Please contact us today to book a consultation.
10655 Southport Rd. S.W.
Suite 900 Calgary, AB T2W 4Y1 | Directions
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