What is an Orthodontist?

“Getting Invisalign was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Everything was so quick and easy. The Retainers rarely got in the way of my day to day life, with a lot of people not even noticing that I had them in. All of the staff at my Smile Specialist were so friendly and helpful and the treatment process flew by. I would strongly recommend Invisalign to anyone considering braces.” Shane


What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that focuses on the alignment of your teeth, jaws and bite. Orthodontists are trained specialists. A dentist is not an orthodontist and has not received the specialist training that an orthodontist has received.

Does my dentist need to refer me for orthodontic treatment?

No, you can book an appointment directly with us.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

Normally between12 to 30 months. The “average” length of treatment time is 22 months.

Do braces hurt?

Your teeth may be sore for a few days as you start treatment. An over the counter pain killer will ease the discomfort. Many patients feel no soreness.

How often do I need to see an orthodontist?

Every 4-8 weeks.

Can I have braces as an adult?

You, we believe no patient is “too old” to have a wonderful smile.

Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?

Yes. It’s normal to treat patient with crowns, veneers and some missing teeth.

Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?

Sometimes it’s necessary to achieve the best orthodontic result. However, we don’t always need to remove teeth and try not to.

When should my child see an orthodontist?

We recommend that children have an orthodontic treatment by the age of 7. At this age, we can evaluate your child’s orthodontic condition and plan for any treatment that may be required at a later date.

Do I need to see the hygienist while wearing braces?

Yes! We recommend every 6 months.

Are there foods I can't eat while I'm wearing braces?

Yes. We will give you a list of foods to avoid.

How often should I brush my teeth?

After each meal and before going to bed. We will show you how to floss your teeth while wearing braces.

Can I play sports while wearing braces or Invisalign aligners?

Yes. Aligners can be swapped for a sports gum shields. For patients wearing traditional braces, we have a special gum shield can be worn over a brace.

Do you reuse braces?

Absolutely not!


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