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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is it necessary for my family dentist to refer me for an orthodontic consultation?
    No – If you or your children have concerns about your smile or bite you may call and schedule a consultation with Dr. Pliska. However, your family dentist plays an important role in achieving and maintaining a healthy smile. We will need to ensure that you have had a recent exam and cleaning and that all necessary dental work is up to date, before any braces are placed or other treatment is started.
  2. Do I need to see my dentist during my orthodontic treatment?
    Absolutely! It is very important that you see your dentist at least every six months while you have braces on so that you can be checked for cavities and to have your teeth cleaned. Remember healthy teeth and gums are the foundations of a beautiful smile.
  3. How often will I have appointments?
    Appointments are scheduled according to each patient's needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every 6-8 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.
  4. Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?
    Wherever possible, routine appointments can be scheduled prior to or after school. Unfortunately, we cannot schedule all appointments out of school hours. In order to allow us to offer as many after-school appointments to as many clients as possible, longer appointments such as placement and removal of braces and repairs must be scheduled during school hours. We will, however, make a sincere effort to meet your scheduling needs.
  5. What is the oldest that you can be and still have your teeth straightened?
    Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age. Around 20 to 25 percent of orthodontic patients today are adults. Dental health, happiness and self-esteem are vitally important to adults and everyone deserves a beautiful and healthy smile. No patient is "too old" to wear braces!
  6. What is an orthodontist?
    An orthodontist is a dentist who has specialized in orthodontics, that specific area of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. To become an orthodontist, a dentist must return to school to attend a 2-3 year full time residency program of advanced education in orthodontics accredited by the Canadian Dental Association.
  7. How long do I have to wear braces?
    There are many factors that determine how long you will need to wear your braces. Generally speaking, the more difficult your problem, the longer your treatment will take, but most cases finish in 18-24 months. The time usually goes fairly fast and at the end of that time, you have a beautiful smile and a healthy bite to show for your effort. You can have a significant impact on how long your treatment takes by avoiding breakage of your braces, following our instructions carefully, and attending all of your appointments.
  8. Do braces hurt?
    The placement of bands and brackets on your teeth does not hurt. Once your braces are placed and connected with the archwires you may feel some soreness of your teeth for the first few days. Also your lips and cheeks may need one to two weeks to get used to the braces on your teeth.

    A great way to minimize this discomfort is to take an over the counter pain reliever (what you would take for a mild headache) about an hour or so before placement of separators, braces, or wire changes. Usually, any discomfort is short lived.

Our Professionals

Dr. Fernanda Almeida

Dr. Fernanda Almeida

Dental Sleep Medicine

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Dr. Benjamin Pliska

Dr. Benjamin Pliska

Certified Specialist in Orthodontics

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