Orthodontic FAQs

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Common Orthodontic Questions

What is an Orthodontist?

Orthodontists are dental speciaists who diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities. They receive an additional two or three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth. Only those with this formal education may call themselves "orthodontists".

What Are braces?

Braces are small metal or ceramic attachments temporarily placed on each tooth that provide the means to move teeth and improve your bite and smile.

What is the best age to start seeing an Orthodontist?

Orthodontic check-ups are appropriate by age 7. By this age, Orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. This is important because some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if they are found early. Most orthodontic patients begin treatment between ages 9 and 14.

Do braces hurt?

Braces put forces on teeth which is how teeth are moved into more desirable positions. After each orthodontic tightening appointment you may feel some minor discomfort for a few days. Each patient is unique. Typically it is helpful to eat softer foods for a few days until your teeth get used to the movement.

Do I still need to have regular check ups with my dentist when I have braces?

YES! Cleaning around braces takes a little more care and attention so it is very important for regular dental care to continue. Dentists check the overall health of the teeth and check for cavities. To minimize your child's time off school or your time off work we can combine your dental checkings along with your orthodontic adjustments. Our administrative staff can assist you in scheduling.

Can I play sports with braces?

Absolutely! Braces do not interfere with extracircular activities. There are mouth guards designed for braces just as there are for people without braces. Go play.

Are there any foods I cant eat when I have my braces?

It is best to avoid sticky or hard foods. Common sense is the best approach. Hard foods such as nuts or ice, and sticky foods, such as toffee and gum, can break braces off which can increase treatment time. Cutting foods, such as apples, and carrots, into smaller pieces before eating is the best way to avoid breakages.

How do I schedule appointments to see the Orthodontist?

Calling the 404 Dental office at (905) 895 2100 or (905) 713 2995. Our administrative staff will be happy to schedule your complimentary orthodontic evaluation. Let's put that smile on your face!

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