What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dentist that specializes in the field of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. To gain this recognition, dentists need to undergo two to three years of additional training and clinical experience. Your orthodontist has the knowledge to straighten teeth, balance your bite, correct misaligned jawbones, treat joint problems and improve the overall function of your smile.
How do braces work?
The combination of wires and brackets applies gentle pressure to the teeth, gradually shifting them into the correct position to obtain the perfect smile. Invisalign® clear aligners work similarly: the only difference is that this pressure is applied by the clear aligners.
Am I a suitable candidate for an Invisalign treatment?
Most patients can be treated with clear aligners. However, some particularly complex cases require the mechanical advantage of traditional braces. If you are interested in this type of treatment, we advise you to schedule a complimentary consultation with our orthodontists so that they can examine your smile and explain your possibilities.
How long will my treatment be?
The length of the treatment varies according to the characteristics of each case. Each smile can respond differently to treatment, but, on average, you can expect an orthodontic treatment to last 22 months. However, this is only an estimation: simpler treatments (alignment of slightly crooked teeth) can last between 6 and 12 months, and more complex cases (severe crowding, crossbites, deep overbites, etc.) can take up to 30 months to be resolved.
Do I need to wear retainers after the orthodontic treatment?
Our orthodontists indicate retainers after treatment to ensure long-term results, which can be either a removable clear tray worn overnight or a fixed retainer bonded to the back of the front teeth. This final step of the treatment wearing retainers is a comfortable part of treatment and most removable retainers are only worn during sleeping hours and will not affect the aesthetics of your brand-new smile.
How do I take care of my smile while I'm wearing braces?
Having perfect oral hygiene and visiting the family dentist frequently is crucial for those patients wearing braces. We also advise them to use toothpaste that contains fluoride and ask their orthodontist or family dentist if they need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities and periodontal disease!
We also recommend these patients avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewing gum, gummy bears) and hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes).
If I am wearing braces or Invisalign clear aligners, do I still need dental check-ups every 6 months?
Yes! It is vital to visit your family dentist regularly if you are receiving orthodontic treatment. With braces, food may get caught in areas your toothbrush can't reach. This attracts bacteria to your teeth, eventually leading to dental decay or gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with our doctors to ensure that your teeth stay healthy during your orthodontic treatment.
Will braces interfere with activities like doing sports or playing music?
Not at all. At first, braces might feel weird, and there may be a bit of a learning curve as you learn to use your mouth with the appliances, but you get used to them over time. You will continue to play your favorite instrument or play contact sports with no inconvenience. For contact sports, always wear a mouthguard to prevent incidents.
How do I schedule an appointment?
Just call our office or fill out the contact form from our website. We will be happy to find a convenient date and time for you.