Frequently asked Questions

How do I schedule an appointment?

Booking an appointment with us could not be easier, simply call our practice  Our front desk staff will be happy to help and book you for an appointment at your convenience. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, please let us know and we will provide you with all of the information you need.

Will my braces interfere with my school activities like sports, playing an instrument, or singing?

Of course having something foreign in your mouth can take a bit of adjusting to so you may find it difficult at first playing an instrument or a contact sport. That being said, 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. See our section on Living With Braces.

If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?

Yes! In fact, it is even more important that you regularly visit your family dentist during your orthodontic treatment. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist while you are wearing braces to make sure that your new smile is clean and healthy.

Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?

We should all brush our teeth regularly to keep our mouth and gums healthy and keep decay away and this is even more important when you have braces as food can get stuck in them and, if not properly cleaned, could lead to cavities, which is the last thing you want after unveiling your new smile. We recommend that you brush your teeth at least three times a day and floss daily to get in between your braces where your brush isn’t able to reach. We also encourage you to use a water-pik daily. You would be surprised what can get caught in your brackets and the water-pik is a great tool to help keep your teeth clean and healthy. Your orthodontist can show you how to properly brush and floss once your braces are placed.

Do braces hurt?

One of the things people are most worried about when they have braces is whether or not it is going to hurt. You may get a bit of discomfort and tenderness when you first get your braces and at some points during your treatment as your teeth move into their new, straighter position, but, for most people, once you get used to them, you will hardly know they are there.

How long will I have to wear my braces?

There is no definitive answer to this question as treatment time will completely depend on the individual and the extent of correction their smile requires. Typically treatment takes between six and 30 months, but in most cases the average is around 22 months.

How can I take care of my teeth if I’m wearing braces or a retainer?

Wearing braces can be an adjustment but there are certain things you can do to make sure you take care of them and get the most out of your treatment.

  • Brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
  • We HIGHLY recommend a water-pik for daily use.
  • Use toothpaste that contains fluoride to prevent cavities. We can advise you on the best toothpastes to use as well as fluoride rinses.
  • If you take out your retainer to eat, put it in a safe container so that it does not get lost or broken and always remember to brush and floss your teeth before you put it back in.
  • Keep your retainer clean by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also soak it in denture cleaner as instructed by your orthodontist.
  • During your treatment, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar as it increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, causing more plaque and possibly cavities. Also try to avoid sticky and chewy foods or any foods that could get stuck in your braces. See our section on Living With Braces for more advise.
  • Be sure to schedule your routine checkups with your family dentist. It is recommended that you continue to visit the dentist every six months, professional cleaning are very important.
What’s the best age to visit the orthodontist?

Braces are one of the things most commonly associated with orthodontics and, as such, many people think orthodontics is for children and teens however adults can benefit from it too. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of seven, however, one in every five orthodontic patients is over 21. There is no age limit to having a beautiful smile, so whether you are considering treatment for yourself or for a child, make an appointment with us today and find out what we can do to help.

What is orthodontia?

Orthodontia is a specialized field of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities. It is also referred to as dento-facial orthopedics. An orthodontist is a dentist who has had two to three years of additional training in this specialist field.