Frequently Asked Questions

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialized form of dentistry focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial growth and eruption.

Who is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received two to three years of additional training and experience. Your orthodontist is able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your smile.

What's the best age to visit the orthodontist?

The Winnipeg Orthodontic Group welcomes patieiints of all ages, including childern, parents and even grandparents!  If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile,  any age can be a great age to see the orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of seven; however, orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children and teens, with about one in every four orthodontic patients being over the age of 18 years. Whether you're considering treatment for yourself or for a child, any time is a good time to visit the orthodontist.

How can I take care of my teeth if I'm wearing braces or a retainer?

  • ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.  Electric tooth brushes are great getting around braces and appliances.
  • Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride. This will help prevent cavities!
  • Keep your teeth clean by keeping your retainer and Invisalign clean!. Brush it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also soak it in a cleaner, as instructed by your orthodontist. Do not put your retainer or Invisalign in boiling water or in the dishwasher (its too hot and will distort!).  
  • During your treatment, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar (sugar increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, causing more plaque and possibly cavities).
  • Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewing gum, gummy bears), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes), or any foods that could possibly get stuck in your braces (corn on the cob, soft bagels, ribs, taffy, etc.), as you will have more broken appliance and braces from these foods.
  • Be sure to schedule your routine checkups with your family dentist. It is recommended that you continue to visit the dentist every six months.

How long does treatment take?

The amount of time spent in braces will vary depending on the individual patient, because every smile responds differently to treatment. Treatment times can take anywhere between six and 30 months, but most standard treatments take about 18 to 24 months.

Will my teeth hurt?

Orthodontic treatment does not often hurt though you may feel a small amount of discomfort for a couple days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth get used to each adjustment.

Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces or Invisalign®?

With braces or Invisalign®, you should brush your teeth at least three times a day to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing regularly will help remove any food that may be caught between the braces or under your clear aligners. You should also floss daily to get where your brush isn't able to reach. Your orthodontist can show you how to properly brush and floss once your braces are placed.

If I am in orthodontic treament, do I still need dental checkups every six months?

Absolutely! In fact, it's even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can't reach. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.

Will my braces interfere with my school activities like sports, playing an instrument, or singing?

Playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment when you first get your appliances, but will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces/appliance.

Can I schedule my appointent online?

Due to the personalized nature of your appintment it is best if you call our practice to book your appointments. Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next appointment at a time that is convenient for you.

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