Frequently Asked Questions

Orthodontics:

  • What is an Orthodontist?
    An orthodontist is a specialist who has completed a 2 to 3 year university residency program following dental school to learn the special skills required to manage tooth movement and guide facial development.
  • What causes orthodontic problems?
    Most orthodontic problems are hereditary in nature although some problems arise through environmental causes such as thumb sucking or unusual tongue habits.
  • How do I brush my teeth with orthodontic braces?
    Brushing your teeth with braces is much the same as brushing without braces. There are a few tips which we will provide you with to make brushing as effective as possible.
  • What does orthodontic treatment cost?
    This varies depending upon the type of treatment required, the length of treatment as well as the complexity of each individual case.
  • How long will orthodontic treatment take?
    This is based on the complexity of your case. Simple treatment can take as little as 6 months whereas more complicated conditions can take up to three years. Most cases, however, average between 18-24 months.
  • What do I do in case of an emergency?
    Phone our office 24 hours a day. If it is outside our normal office hours, a recorded message will provide you with a number to call.
  • What can I expect from my first visit?
    We will perform a no fee consultation and discuss any orthodontic conditions that are observed. As well, we will discuss your orthodontic wishes to determine what changes you would like to see for your teeth. If orthodontic treatment is recommended, we will outline the course of corrective treatment, benefits of orthodontics, associated costs and length of treatment. A referral from your dentist is not required and there will be no charge associated with this consultation.
  • What are your payment options?
    A payment plan is provided for orthodontic treatment. We accept cash, cheque, direct debit, MasterCard and Visa. If you have orthodontic insurance coverage, we will provide you with the correct forms so that you may receive the maximum benefit.
  • Can I still enjoy my favorite foods with braces?
    For the first few days after your braces are applied to your teeth, chewing hard foods may be difficult because of the increased sensitivity of your teeth. Following this sensitive period, most foods can be eaten although hard and crunchy foods can damage the braces if not cut up properly. For instance, a fresh apple or raw carrot is unlikely to damage braces if cut up into wedges or smaller strips. Crunching on ice cubes or hard pizza crust on the other hand can cause damage to braces, so these items are best avoided. We will provide you with a short list of the most common causes of damage to braces when your braces are placed or put on.
  • Can I still play sports and musical instruments?

    All the sports you enjoy normally can still be enjoyed with braces. If you play a sport which requires a mouthguard, a �boil-up� mouthguard is recommended while you wear braces. If you play a sport which normally does not require a mouthguard, then none is suggested while you undergo orthodontic treatment.

    All musical instruments can still be played. Braces will initially slightly alter one�s embouchure for brass instruments, such as trumpet or trombone. But all patients adapt within a couple of weeks and continue to play these instruments as well as they did prior to having braces.

If you still have questions, please refer to the Canadian Association of Orthodontists, www.cao-aco.org. or contact us directly at the office.