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The Orthodontic Centre

Frequently Asked Questions

We gathered the answers to some popular questions below. If you can’t find your question below feel free to contact us, and we’ll be happy to help.

What is orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on correcting misaligned teeth and jaws using various appliances such as braces or clear aligners.

At what age should my child see an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children have their first orthodontic evaluation by age 7. However, the right age for treatment depends on the individual’s orthodontic needs.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

The duration of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the complexity of the case. On average, treatment can last from 18 to 24 months.

Do braces hurt?

Initially, there may be some discomfort or soreness after getting braces, clear aligners and after adjustments. However, this discomfort is usually temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Can adults get orthodontic treatment?

Yes, adults can undergo orthodontic treatment to correct misaligned teeth or bite issues. There are various options available to suit unique work and lifestyle requirements, including alternatives to traditional braces (see below).

How often do I need to visit the orthodontist during treatment?

Typically, patients need to visit the orthodontist every 4 to 8 weeks for adjustments and progress checks.

Will I need to wear retainers after treatment?

Yes, wearing retainers is crucial after orthodontic treatment to maintain the new position of your teeth and prevent them from shifting back.

Are there alternatives to traditional braces?

Yes, alternatives to traditional braces include clear aligners (e.g., Invisalign), lingual braces (placed behind the teeth), and ceramic braces (tooth-colored brackets).

Does insurance cover orthodontic treatment?

Some dental insurance plans offer coverage for orthodontic treatment, but it’s essential to check with your insurance provider regarding specific coverage details and limitations.

What happens if I have an orthodontic emergency during treatment?

If you experience an orthodontic emergency, such as a broken bracket or wire, contact your orthodontist immediately for guidance on how to address the issue until you can schedule an appointment.

Do I need a referral from my general dentist first?

No referrals are required for an orthodontic consultation. If you have a regular dentist, please inform us. This will allow us to request any pertinent records from them and ensure they are kept informed about your orthodontic treatment plan.

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