Orthodontists are graduate Dentists, with at least three (3) years of post doctoral advanced specialty education in orthodontics, from a University accredited by the Canadian and the American Dental Association. Certified Specialists in Orthodontics are uniquely educated individuals who specialize in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. They limit their practices specifically to orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics
Only Certified Orthodontists have completed the Canadian Board of Orthodontics Specialty Certification exams, and have unique qualifications to practice orthodontics
A beautiful healthy smile is just one of the benefits of Orthodontics. Teeth that are straight function more effectively, and are easier to clean. Increased confidence and self-esteem are significant psychological benefits to treatment. Function and appearance improve as the teeth, lips and face are brought into balance. Untreated orthodontic problems can lead to improper jaw function, speech impairments, tooth decay, gum disease, and bone destruction. It can lead to misalignment of the jaw joints, resulting in chronic headaches. Orthodontic treatment in young patients can prevent more serious problems from occurring later in life.
You are the key player on the Team with Our Office and Your Dentist, during your Orthodontic treatment. Your teeth and jaws can only move toward their desired positions if you wear your elastics and appliances as instructed. Braces broken from eating hard and sticky foods will lengthen the estimated treatment time, and can adversely affect your final result. Keeping your teeth clean and gums healthy is more important now than ever before! Poor oral hygiene can cause permanent damage.
You can continue to play sports, but wearing a protective mouth guard is advised for contact sports. Once your orthodontic treatment is completed, we can make you a custom mouth guard. While your teeth are moving, we recommend an inexpensive moldable mouth guard.
Playing wind or brass instruments, such as the trumpet, will most likely require some adaptation to braces. With lots of practice and a period of adjustment you should be able to excel at playing your instrument.
Pulling baby teeth may be necessary to allow severely crowded permanent teeth to erupt in the right place, and at the right time. When severe crowding exists, permanent teeth can remain impacted or erupt in an undesirable position, and may even require extraction. Orthodontists are trained to spot problems with jaw growth and erupting teeth. Our office recommends early treatment, to prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing. This allows the Doctor the possibility to achieve results that may not be possible, once the face and jaws have finished growing.
Length of treatment is specific to each individual case. Severity of the problem, growth, and patient cooperation, affect how long you will have to wear braces. The average length of treatment is from 20 -24 months. Remember estimates of treatment time are only estimates. Growth and tooth movement occur at individual rates.
Placing braces on the teeth does not hurt. However, as the teeth begin to move to their new position, they may feel a little sore. Everyone's experience is a little different. Our offices use Damon technology, which utilizes much gentler forces, so discomfort is minimized. Taking Ibuprofen is usually adequate to provide relief, after the braces are placed or adjustments are made.
No! We are always happy to accept new patients. Referrals from colleagues are welcome, but not a requirement.
We look forward to meeting you at your initial visit! This appointment will give you the opportunity to get acquainted with our team and Doctors, feel comfortable in our office and learn about your orthodontic needs. Your first visit will include: Review of your medical and dental history A comprehensive examination by one of our certified Orthodontists Whether orthodontic treatment would be beneficial either now or in the future What your specific treatment would involve and the approximate treatment time Referrals to other dental specialists may be suggested in conjunction with orthodontic treatment You will be able to get all of your questions answered so that you can make a well-informed decision. If you decide to proceed with treatment we can get the process started right away.
It is impossible to give an exact cost for treatment until we have examined you. We will cover the exact cost and financial options during the initial examination. We have several financing options available to accommodate your needs, and we will review these with you. We will also review your insurance policy and help to maximize your benefit.
Appointments are scheduled according to each patient's needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every 4 to 8 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.
Yes. There is no reason you cannot return to school the same day.
Yes! Regular checkups with your family dentist are important while in braces. Your family dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments while you are in braces.
Once treatment begins, we will explain the complete instructions and provide a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. Some of the foods include: ice, hard candy, raw vegetables and all sticky foods, like taffy.