Frequently Asked Questions
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What is orthodontics?
A special type of dentistry that is focused on the alignment of the jaw and teeth. Orthodontics can prevent malpositioned teeth as well as treat them retroactively through the use of different tools such as braces or retainers.
What is an orthodontist?
A specialized dentist whose main objective is to improve your teeth formation, align your jaw and enhance the look of your smile.
What is the appropriate age to visit an orthodontist?
It is recommended by The Canadian Association of Orthodontists to book an appointment as early as the age of seven. While that is recommended for ease of treatment, it is never too late to book an appointment. Whether you are considering treatment for a child or an adult an orthodontist can help!
If I already have braces or a retainer how can I take care of my teeth?
- Brushing after each and every meal is very important.
- Get in the habit of flossing once a day.
- Retainer maintenance is essential! Keep it in its case while eating, brushing or flossing to ensure it isn’t misplaced or damaged.
- While receiving treatment foods to avoid include chewing gum, candy or any foods that stick to your teeth.
- Stick to the recommended schedule of visiting your dentist every 6 months.
What are dental braces?
A device used by orthodontists to improve alignment, increase dental health and straighten teeth. They can correct underbites, overbites and gaps between teeth. There are various types of braces including clear, ceramic, gold, lingual, self-ligating, invisible and traditional metal braces.
How long will I have to wear braces?
Everyone has a different set of teeth and will have different orthodontic needs. Typically between 6 and 30 months is considered a standard treatment.
Should I brush my teeth more when I have braces?
Brushing your teeth three times a day is recommended to ensure your teeth, gums, and mouth are healthy and clean. Food will get caught in your braces so brushing and flossing should be done regularly.
Do I still need to see the dentist every six months once I have braces?
Yes, you should continue regular dental maintenance. Having braces puts you at risk for bacteria build up as it is easy for food to get stuck in them. Bacteria build-up can lead to cavities, gum disease and gingivitis. Your dentist and orthodontist will collaborate to ensure you have a healthy set of teeth while wearing braces.
Does having braces interfere with school or sports?
It may take some getting used to, but braces should not stop you from participating in school activities such as singing or playing an instrument. If you participate in sports, it is recommended for you to wear a mouthguard.
How do I schedule an appointment?
Give us a call! Our staff would be happy to book your appointment and answer any other questions you may have. If you are calling for the first time just let us know and we can provide you with all the information you require.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a treatment that uses practically invisible aligners to straighten or realign your teeth. The aligners are comfortable and removable, allowing you to enjoy the foods you love and brush and floss with ease. Invisalign treatment utilizes 3D computer imaging technology to fit specifically to your teeth. The system involves using different sets of aligners to slowly alter the alignment of your teeth. This technology also allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you begin treatment. With over 10 million smiles already created using Invisalign clear aligners, Invisalign is becoming a clear choice for patients young and old.
Am I too old for braces?
No! We treat patients as of all ages. Our office has had the pleasure of treating many adults. Braces adjust teeth by putting slight pressure on them, this pressure works even after bones have stopped growing. Adults may experience a slightly longer treatment time because bones are more solid. Still, braces are effective at any age.
Do braces hurt?
Getting braces put on does not cause the patient any pain whatsoever. For the first few days, at most a week, you may feel some tightness occurring as your mouth adjusts to the change. Any over the counter pain medications such as Tylenol will help with the mild discomfort. A soft diet may help with any discomfort as well.