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1What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received two to three years of full-time education, training and experience (in addition to four years of Dental School) to be able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your smile.
2Are all orthodontists Board Certified?
NO! In fact very few are! Orthodontists have to successfully complete a voluntary, rigorous examination process through The American Board of Orthodontics to achieve Certification.
3What's the best age to visit the orthodontist?
The Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of seven; only some kids require treatment at an early age, the majority of orthodontic patients wait for the growth of the permanent teeth (between the ages of 11 and 13) before commencing their treatment. However, orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children and teens, with about one in every four orthodontic patients being over the age of 21. Whether you're considering treatment for yourself or for a child, any time is a good time to visit the orthodontist.
4How long will my treatment take?
The amount of time spent in braces will vary depending on each individual patient, because every smile responds differently to treatment. Treatment times can take anywhere between six and 30 months, but most common treatments take about 18 months.
5Will it hurt?
It does not hurt getting your braces on. Your teeth will be sore or tender for the first two or three days after you start your treatment, and again sometimes after your braces are adjusted. It will take a few days for your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth to get used to your new braces.
6How much will it cost?
The fee will depend on the treatment, and it will be assessed on your initial visit. Monthly payment plans (interest free) are available to make treatment more affordable. We will assist you in getting as much as you are entitled to get from your insurance company.
7Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?
With braces, you should brush your teeth after every meal, at least three times a day to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing regularly will help remove any food that may be caught between the braces. You should also floss daily to get in between your braces where your brush isn't able to reach. Your orthodontist can show you how to properly brush and floss once your braces are placed.
8If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?
Yes! In fact, it's even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can't reach. This causes bacteria to build up that can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.
9Will my braces interfere with my school activities like sports, playing an instrument, or singing?
Playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment when you first get your braces, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.
10How do I schedule my next appointment?
Simply call our office! (905)224-2290 ext 201, we will be happy to assist you! You can also email us at
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