FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is orthodontic?
Orthodontic is a branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnostic, prevention and treatment of dental and jaw anomalies. The technical term to describe these problems is “malocclusion”. Orthodontic practice requires professional aptitudes to create, use and control corrective appliances (braces) that are necessary to align teeth, lips and jaws, all of which contribute to the harmony of the individual’s teeth and face.
Do I have to refrain from eating certain foods?
Certain foods like candy, nuts and chewing gum must be avoided as much as possible. If you want to eat raw fruits or vegetables we ask that you cut them up in small pieces.
How is an orthodontist different from a dentist?
An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the diagnostic, prevention and treatment of teeth and jaw anomalies. Orthodontists receive a thorough academic training. First, they must complete their studies in a university that is recognized by the Canadian Dental Association (ADC) in order to become a dentist. They then must successfully complete an orthodontic program that lasts two or three years, once again recognized by the ADC. These post-graduate studies cover subjects such as genetics, embryology, the human body’s growth and development as well as biophysics. Only dentists that have successfully completed this specialization can be called orthodontists.
Should I continue to see my dentist?
We strongly suggest that you maintain your scheduled dental checkups during the course of your orthodontic treatment. Your dentist will be able to carry out all the standard procedures like cleaning, fillings, etc. For major treatments like crowns, extractions, implants, etc., we will work in collaboration with your dentist in order to facilitate these planned procedures.
What is the frequency of appointments?
Our philosophy is to maximize the efficiency of your treatment in order to minimize the time you spend commuting. The frequency of appointments varies between 6 and 10 weeks. We’ll be happy to offer you a spot that will accommodate you and we will do everything we can to schedule appointments at a time that is the least susceptible to disrupting your working schedule or your child’s academic achievement.
What happens once the dental appliances are removed?
In order to maximize the stability of the final result, we will prescribe retainers. These dental appliances can be removable and made of acrylic or transparent shells. A fixed retainer, a wire permanently glued to the internal surface of the teeth, can also be used. It is essential that these appliances are worn as prescribed in order to increase the stability of your treatment and preserve the final position of your teeth!
Is the treatment painful?
This depends on the way the orthodontic treatment is carried out. New technologies along with the appliances that we use minimize the pressure felt on your teeth thereby diminishing our patients’ discomfort.
What are the causes of a malocclusion?
Most malocclusions are due to genetics. There are several genetic malocclusions, such as not enough space between the teeth, too much space, too many teeth or not enough, fissures of the palate and a wide variety of jaw and facial irregularities.
Sometimes malocclusions can be acquired, that is to say caused by factors such as thumb-sucking, a bad position of the tongue, cavities, gum disease, a premature loss of primary teeth or adult teeth, accidents or medical problems.
What are the effects of a malocclusion?
Crooked or interlocked teeth are difficult to clean. These factors can cause cavities and the eventual loss of teeth caused by gum disease. A bad occlusion can also cause an abnormal deterioration of the teeth, mastication difficulties and excessive force to the bones and gums supporting the teeth.
What are the benefits of orthodontic?
• Increases self-esteem and improves smiles
• Facilitates brushing and diminishes risks of cavities and gum disease
• Eliminates premature wear of badly positioned teeth
• Improves the position of teeth and ensures better mastication
• Minimizes the risk of fractures on teeth that are too far forward
• Improves the profile and corrects jaw position
• Corrects pronunciation problems caused by a bad position of the teeth
• Can minimize health issues related to joints and jaws
Who does an orthodontic treatment target?
We treat individuals from 7 to 77! Because the basic process of teeth movement is the same for adults as it is for children, one can usually successfully undergo orthodontic treatment at any age. So it’s never too late to improve your smile!
At what age should a child consult an orthodontist?
The Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends that children consult with an orthodontist at the age of 7. Many orthodontic problems can be corrected more easily when they are identified at a young age than when jaw growth has slowed down. A treatment undergone at a young age means we can usually avoid more complicated corrective treatment later on, or even jaw surgery.
It is crucial that everyone who undertakes an orthodontic treatment be aware of the ways in which he or she can help to achieve the best possible results.
How do I brush my teeth during the treatment?
The orthodontic appliances that we use do not harm teeth nor do they impair brushing. We give each patient an orthodontic hygiene kit along with all the necessary instructions they need to maintain an impeccable dental hygiene during their treatment.