Orthodontics FAQs

Click on the questions below to find answers to all of your orthodontic concerns!

On average, orthodontic treatment usually takes 18 – 24 months and other more complex cases may take longer to complete. The total treatment time depends on a large number of factors which include the severity of the original bite problem, the type of treatment carried out, and the co-operation of the patient.

We share your concern about missing school or work, and we make every effort to ensure that all patients receive a fair share of convenient appointments. We schedule longer appointments during school hours and shorter appointments before and after school. By doing this, we do not reserve these popular appointment times for one or two patients but rather accommodate as many families as possible for out-of-school appointments.

Modern techniques have certainly brought the look and comfort of orthodontic treatments a long way. However, braces do need to be regularly adjusted, and this will cause some discomfort and tenderness for a few days. During this short period, soft foods and a mild analgesic may be needed.

Definitely! It is very important to continue your regular dental check-ups to prevent and detect dental decay and to monitor your overall dental health.

Although an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if treated prior to the completion of growth.

Early treatment may prevent the need for extraction of permanent teeth, surgery and other serious corrections later in life. However, due to the complex nature of orthodontics, early treatment may not be right for every child. Only after a clinical examination of your child can the proper treatment plan be determined.

Many people who missed out on having their teeth straightened as a child can still benefit from treatment as an adult. Age is not a factor against receiving orthodontic care; in fact, about 20% of orthodontic patients are adults.