We will do everything to make you as comfortable as possible during your treatment.

For most patients, a beautiful smile is the most obvious advantage of orthodontic treatment, but straight functional teeth also greatly benefit your oral health.

Orthodontic treatment takes an average of one to three years depending on the growth of the patient’s orofacial complex and the severity of the case. The patient’s cooperation in following instructions is also an important factor in how long it takes to achieve desired results.

Children and adolescents

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It is recommended that your child see an orthodontist before 7 years of age. The emergence of the first molars around the age of 6 helps indicate whether orthodontic treatment is needed. Early evaluation and treatment can provide the best chance for success.

When treatment is started early, it’s possible to guide the patient’s growth and direct the emergence of adult teeth to a better position. Early treatment can also correct an imbalance between the width of the bones of the upper and lower jaws, create space for adult teeth, reduce the need to extract permanent teeth, reduce the possibility of inclusion of adult teeth and help to correct harmful oral habits, such as thumb sucking and atypical swallowing. In short, early orthodontic intervention can simplify future treatment.

Adults

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Orthodontic treatment can be done successfully at any age. Adults can also enjoy the benefits of a beautiful smile and functional dental occlusion. Orthodontics are no longer reserved for children. In fact, 20 to 25% of orthodontic patients are over the age of 21.

The health of teeth, gums and the bones supporting the teeth determine the possibilities for correction and improvement. Adults may need to undergo orthognathic jaw surgery because their growth has finished, but it is sometimes possible to have treatment without surgery. We will adapt our approach to your needs. Whatever your age, we will give you a great smile

Daily life

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Eating with braces >

During orthodontic treatment, you need to be careful not to eat certain foods that could harm the progress of treatment. In the first few days after the braces have been put on, you have to eat soft foods and avoid chewy meats, crusty bread or hard fruits and vegetables.

Throughout the treatment, to prevent problems, such as a loose bands, detached brackets or distorted wires, you must not eat popcorn, pretzels, chewing gum, caramel, nuts, hard candy or ice cubes (do not chew). Sugary foods must be avoided as much as possible because they cause decalcification of the teeth and cavities. Stay away from candy, cake, cookies, soft drinks, etc. Be careful with raw fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, apples and celery. They should be cut into small pieces before you eat them.

General discomfort >

At the beginning of treatment, you may feel general discomfort in your mouth, and your teeth may be sensitive to the pressure for a period of three to five days. You can get a bit of relief by rinsing your mouth with warm salt water. If the pain is intense, take a pain reliever you would normally use for headaches. Your lips, cheeks and tongue may be irritated for the first two weeks. Don’t hesitate to use orthodontic wax during this period. Feel free to contact staff at the clinic for any serious discomfort or emergencies.

The movement of teeth >

Don’t worry; this is normal and predictable and will take place throughout the treatment. The teeth must first be loosened in order to move to the right position. At the end of the treatment, they will be solidly in their new position.

Broken appliances >

Don’t be alarmed by a broken wire or bracket. It happens sometimes. If a wire is causing irritation, you can use the eraser on a pencil to push it gently away from the place where it is bothering you. Use orthodontic wax if the problem persists. If a piece detaches from your appliance, keep it, and bring it to your next appointment.

Dental care and maintaining your appliance >

Successful orthodontic treatment takes teamwork. To reach your goal, it’s important to follow your orthodontist’s instructions about dental hygiene and maintaining your appliance.

  • Brush your teeth with an orthodontic brush three to four times a day;
  • Use the Proxabrush under the wires and between the brackets after every meal;
  • Rinse your mouth twice a day for 30 seconds;
  • Finally, use floss or waxed dental tape with a threader at least once a day.

Inadequate oral hygiene can cause irreversible damage, including cavities, decalcification of teeth (white spots), swollen gums (gingivitis) and/or periodontal problems. We recommend you see your dentist every six months during your orthodontic treatment.

Wearing elastics >

Elastic bands are often an essential addition to fixed appliances to move teeth and jaws into the desired position. You may have to wear them during a specific phase of your treatment, determined by the orthodontist. Not wearing the elastics will increase the sensitivity of your teeth and the length of the treatment.