What is orthodontics and how does it work?
Orthodontics (also known as dentofacial orthopaedics) is a dental specialty that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.
What is the role of an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dental surgeon with two to three years of additional training and experience. Your orthodontist will assist you in straightening teeth, fixing misaligned jaw structure, and enhancing the function of your smile.
When is the best time to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist?
Any age is a good time to visit an orthodontist if you want to improve the look and sound of your smile. According to the Canadian Association of Orthodontists, children can begin seeing an orthodontist about the age of seven; however, orthodontic treatment is not limited to children and adolescents, with one out of every five orthodontic patients being over the age of 21. If you’re considering treatment for yourself or your children, any time is a good time to visit the orthodontist.
Do braces make you feel uncomfortable?
Although braces are rarely painful, you may feel some discomfort for a few days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth adapt to your new braces.
If I have braces, do I need to brush my teeth more frequently?
When wearing braces, brush your teeth at least three times a day to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing your teeth on a daily basis will aid in the removal of any food trapped in your braces. Every day, floss to get in between your braces where your toothbrush can’t reach. Your orthodontist will show you how to brush and floss correctly once your braces are in place.
Do I still need to see a dentist every six months if I’m wearing braces?
Yes, absolutely! Patients seeking orthodontic treatment should, in fact, see their dentist on a regular basis. Food can get stuck in places that your toothbrush can’t reach because of your braces. As a result of the bacteria buildup, cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease may develop. When wearing braces, the dentist and orthodontist will collaborate to keep your teeth clean and healthy.
Would my braces make it impossible for me to participate in sports, play an instrument, or sing at school?
Playing an instrument or engaging in a contact sport may require some adjustment when you first get your braces, but braces will not prohibit you from participating in all of your school activities. You should wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance if you compete in a contact sport.
What is the most efficient method for me to schedule my next appointment?
Simply get in touch with us! Our front desk staff will happily assist you in making your next appointment whenever it is convenient for you. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practise, please let us know and we will provide you with all of the necessary information.