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F.A.Qs

What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The technical term for these problems is "malocclusion," which means "bad bite." The practice of orthodontics requires professional skill in the design, application and control of corrective appliances (such as braces) to bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment and achieve facial balance.
What is an Orthodontist?
An Orthodontist is a highly trained specialist who has not only graduated as a dentist but has returned to university for post-graduate training on a full time basis. Post-graduate training lasts a minimum of 24 consecutive months and quite often will last in excess of 36 months for those dedicated to extensive research projects. Your orthodontist will work one on one with you and your dentist to provide you with the best treatment plan to suit your needs.
Why Choose an Orthodontist?
Orthodontists are the most highly trained specialists in the field of orthodontics. They are trained in a wide range of orthodontic techniques and are therefore in the best position to provide optimal care to treat orthodontic problems.
What is Involved in Orthodontic Treatment?
Your orthodontic treatment could include:
  • Removable appliances/retainers.
  • Full or partial inside or outside braces.
  • Properly timed serial extractions.
  • Clear aligners.
  • Functional appliances which are removable appliances utilized in growing individuals to balance facial profiles.
  • Orthodontics with surgery.
When is the Best Time to Schedule an Initial Consultation with an Orthodontist?
Early consultation allows the orthodontist to determine the optimum time for treatment to begin. In some cases, satisfactory results are unattainable once the face and jaws have finished growing. Seven years old is a good rule of thumb for a child unless you see a noticeable problem earlier. Early examination often permits maximum improvement earlier before all the adult teeth have erupted.
What are my options for Appliances?
There are several options for appliances, including Traditional Metal Braces, Clear Braces, Lingual Braces, and Invisalign/Clear Aligners. Each option has its benefits and drawbacks, and the best choice for you will depend on your specific needs and preferences. Your orthodontist can help you determine the best option for you.
How long will I need to wear Braces/Aligners?
The length of time you will need to wear Braces/Aligners will depend on several factors, including the severity of your orthodontic issues and the type of treatment. Typically, treatment can take anywhere from several months to a few years.
How often will I need to come in for appointments?
You will need to come in for regular appointments to have your Appliance adjusted and monitored. The frequency of appointments will depend on your treatment plan and can range from every few weeks to every few months.
Will braces hurt?
Braces may cause some discomfort or soreness initially, but this is usually temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Your orthodontist can provide tips for minimizing discomfort during treatment.
What are the different types of Appliances available?
As mentioned, there are several types of appliances available, including Traditional Metal Braces, Clear Braces, Lingual Braces, and Invisalign Clear Aligners. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages, and your orthodontist can help you decide which type is best for you.
What is the best age to get Braces/Aligners?
The ideal age for Braces/Aligners can vary, but most orthodontic treatment is done during adolescence. However, adults can also benefit from orthodontic treatment, and there is no age limit for getting braces.
Can I still play sports or musical instruments with Braces?
Yes, you can still participate in sports and play musical instruments with Braces. Your orthodontist can provide guidance on how to protect your Braces while participating in these activities.
What are the risks and benefits of getting Braces/Aligners?
The benefits of getting Braces/Aligners include a healthier and more attractive smile, improved oral health, and better self-confidence. The risks of getting Braces/Aligners are generally minimal and can be managed with proper care and monitoring. Your orthodontist can provide more detailed information about the risks and benefits for your specific case.
How do I care for my braces/Aligners?
Proper care of your Braces/Aligners involves regular brushing and flossing, avoiding certain foods that can damage appliances, and attending regular appointments with your orthodontist. Your orthodontist can provide specific instructions for caring for your Braces/Aligners.
How much do Braces/Aligners cost?
The cost of Braces/Aligners can vary depending on the type of appliance you choose, the severity of the malocclusion and the duration of your treatment. Your orthodontist can provide a cost estimate based on your specific needs and treatment plan. It is important to note that many dental insurance plans cover all or part of the cost of your orthodontic treatment. It is also good to note that our office offers convenient payment plans customized to your needs.
How do Aligners work?
Aligners work by gradually shifting your teeth into the desired position. Each set of aligners is custom-made to fit your teeth and is worn for a specified amount of time before being replaced by the next set of aligners in the series. Over time, this process moves your teeth into the desired position.
What are the benefits of using Aligners?
The benefits of using aligners include the ability to straighten your teeth without the use of traditional metal braces, improved oral hygiene during treatment, and the ability to remove the aligners when eating or brushing your teeth. In addition to less visible appearance of clear aligners compared to braces.
What are the differences between Aligners and Traditional Braces?
The main differences between Aligners and Traditional Braces are the materials used, the level of visibility, and the ability to remove the aligners. Aligners are made of clear plastic and are less noticeable than Traditional Metal Braces. Aligners can also be removed for eating and brushing your teeth, whereas traditional braces cannot.
How often do I need to switch to a new Aligner tray?
The frequency of aligner tray changes will depend on your treatment plan and can range from every week to every few weeks. Your orthodontist will provide specific instructions on when to switch to a new aligner tray.
How do I care for my Aligners?
Proper care of your Aligners involves regular cleaning with a soft-bristled toothbrush and lukewarm water, avoiding hot water, and keeping them in a clean, dry place when not in use. It's important to avoid eating or drinking anything other than water while wearing Aligners to prevent staining.
Can I drink with Aligners in?
It is generally recommended to remove Aligners before drinking anything other than water, as sugary or acidic drinks can damage or stain your teeth and/or the Aligners. If you do choose to drink something other than water while wearing Aligners, be sure to rinse your mouth and Aligners well with water immediately afterward.
Will Aligners or Braces affect my speech?
Aligners/Braces may cause a slight lisp or speech impediment initially, but most people adjust to speaking with Aligners/Braces within a few days to a week.

It's important to note that every patient's situation is unique, so the best way to get answers to specific questions is to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist.

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