FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We understand that you probably have many questions regarding your or your child’s orthodontic treatment. To that end, please take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions we receive at Brooke Orthodontics.
If you have a question that is not answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.
Q. Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist?
A. All orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists. In Alberta 2.5% of dentists are orthodontists (Statistic: Alberta Dental Association and College). An orthodontist is a specialist in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. They have 2-3 years of additional training past dental school at an accredited university graduate residency program. Orthodontists can help to straighten a bad bite, also known as malocclusion and align teeth to create a nice smile, but also to help keep your teeth healthy. Treatments will often make it easier for patients to chew and may even help with snoring. Orthodontists specialize in helping with problems related to jaw growth and tooth development.
Q. Do I need a referral from my dentist to see the orthodontist for a consultation?
A. No you do not need a referral from a dentist. While many of our patients are referred to us by their family dentist, some people are recommended by family or friends. Other times a person may have moved from another city or town and they need a new orthodontist. Some adults come to see us because they have malocclusion or a “bad bite” and they feel that orthodontics will resolve the problem.
Q. How do I schedule an appointment for an initial consultation?
A. To set up your consultation with the Orthodontist, Dr. Brooke, you can contact us directly at 403-278-1933, send us an email or fill out an Appointment Request form.
Q. Can adults get braces or is it too late?
A. Yes, adults can get braces as well. More and more adults today are seeking the benefits of a beautiful, healthy smile. In fact 40% of all our center’s patients are over the age of 21! As long as your jawbone and gums are healthy, orthodontics can help you achieve better oral health and a straighter smile.
Q. What type of treatments you offer adults?
A. We offer Invisalign and Damon braces, as an alternative to the traditional braces.
Q. What should I expect at my initial orthodontic consultation?
A. While we won’t put braces on at your first appointment, we will go through some important steps to ensure you get the right Orthodontic Treatment. The first orthodontic appointment will consist of an examination and a discussion of potential treatment options.
Q. How long does orthodontic treatment take?
A. Treatment time depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic needs. Most treatments are done in two parts: the first is wearing braces and the second is wearing a retainer or similar item to maintain the work that is done.
Q. How long do I need to wear braces?
A. The time spent in braces depends on the specifics of each individual case, though sometimes there are factors that can complicate and extend the treatment. Our team will inform you about the estimated time to completion prior to the beginning of the treatment.
Q. Wearing braces is like using the retainer?
A. Not exactly. Retainers are used during the second part of the treatment. At this time you will be required to visit our clinic for periodic follow up visits in an effort to reduce the risk of orthodontic relapse. In general, a minor correction could take 4-6 months, whereas a more involved correction could take 12-30 months. Treatment times are often affected by patient compliance and oral hygiene.
Q. Do braces hurt?
A. Generally braces do not hurt, though you’ll feel you have a foreign object in your mouth. It will take about a week to get used to the braces. The slight discomfort does not interfere with normal day to day activities. We will teach you some methods to combat any discomfort you may experience as a result of your new braces or other orthodontic treatments.
Q. How much will the braces cost? Which financing options you offer?
A. The cost for braces and other Orthodontic treatments depend on the complexity of the correction. We will explain the exact fees and financial options during the initial consultation. We have many financing options available to accommodate your needs, and we will review them together. We can also help you review your insurance policy to help maximize your particular group benefits and file your claim.
Q. How often will I have appointments?
A. Appointments will depend on your specific type of treatment. Most patients are seen every 6 to 8 weeks. Towards the end of your treatment visits can become more frequent. In case something happened to your braces or they need to be readjusted, just call our office and we can set up an appointment right away.
Q. Do I continue to see my family dentist while in braces?
A. Yes! We recommend seeing your family dentist at least every 6 months for a thorough cleaning and examination while undergoing orthodontic treatment the same as you do without braces on. When you have braces, it is more important than ever to see your dentist to maintain the health of your teeth! It can often be challenging to keep teeth free of plaque or even decay when you are wearing braces. Your dentist can help you avoid these problems with regular cleanings and exams.
Q. Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?
A. Yes, once your treatment begins we will provide you with complete diet instructions and a list of foods to avoid. Thankfully you can continue to eat most foods during treatment; however, we recommend you avoid the chewy, crunchy and sticky items such as ice, hard candy, caramel, nuts, taffy, etc., that can distort, break, damage or get stuck in your braces. Such foods can be difficult to clean from around your braces and can even loosen, break, or bend brackets, bands, and arch wires. It is also a good habit to cut certain foods into bite size pieces rather than biting into (like apples).
Q. How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?
A. Excellent oral hygiene is a must with braces. To properly care for your braces, it is very important to carefully brush, floss and thoroughly rinse your mouth after you eat anything or at least 3-4 times each day. We strongly recommend brushing after each meal and before going to bed. It is very easy for braces, wires, bands and even retainers to trap food particles and cause plaque to build up on your teeth which can lead to staining or even tooth decay.
Q. Will you instruct me how to brush my teeth?
A. Yes, once your treatment begins we will provide or recommend special toothbrushes, flossing aids, toothpaste and mouth rinses and teach you how to brush and floss with braces to help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.
Q. What should I do if I have additional questions?
A. For additional questions please contact us directly by phone during the working hours, or by email. We reply all emails within 24 hours.