While most people associate orthodontics with having straight teeth and a beautiful smile, that is only one of the many benefits of orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic problems may lead to dental decay, gum disease, bone issues, digestive issues and even speech problems.
The Canadian Association of Orthodontists and the American Association of Orthodontists recommend that you see an orthodontist by the age of 7. Many orthodontic problems are easiest to correct if detected early and if treated at the proper time it can potentially avoid unnecessary extractions or surgeries.
No! Although many of our referrals come from dentists, the majority of our referrals come from our current and former patients’ friends and family.
Any age is the right age for orthodontics! It is a misconception that you must be a teenager to have orthodontic treatment. Adult orthodontics is increasing in prevalence in our practice and we can move teeth at any age! Many of our patients are in their 40s, 50s and even older!
No! The space available for the front teeth doesn’t increase as you grow. In fact, most of the time once permanent molars have erupted the space for the front teeth decreases over time.
It depends on where you are in treatment and what type of treatment is being performed, but on average we can see our patients every 5-10 weeks.
Yes, there are dietary restrictions when in braces. When you start your treatment we will give you instructions on a comprehensive list of foods that should be avoided. In general, sticky foods should be avoided and hard foods or foods that you have to tear with your teeth (apples, corn on the cob, meat on the bone) should be cut up into smaller pieces. If you have any additional questions please go to our “Life with Braces” instructional video.
The length of time you need to be in braces will depend on the severity of the orthodontic problems. Treatment time can range from 6 months to 30 months. On average we finish our cases in 20-22 months.
Interestingly, the act of putting on the braces does not hurt at all! In fact, when you leave our office after getting your braces placed, you will not feel any discomfort. However, after 8-12 hours, some discomfort will begin. Most of the time, salt water rinses or colder foods will help take care of the discomfort. But over the counter analgesics such as Tylenol or Advil can be used otherwise.
Yes! It’s important that you continue to have your dental checkups during your treatment. Your dentist will determine the cleaning intervals while in orthodontic treatment.
Treatment cost can vary based upon the complexity of the case, appliances used, time in treatment and number of appointments expected. However, we pride ourselves in making our treatment affordable for everyone and the financial plans are customizable and interest free. That means that you tell us what fits in your budget and we’ll find a plan that fits!
Yes! Keeping your teeth straight is just as important as getting them straight! Your teeth have memory and they want to go back to the way they were prior to starting orthodontic treatment. That’s why retainers are so important and are needed indefinitely. We routinely give both permanent and removable retainers, with a gradual decrease in the amount of wear of the removable retainer.