Information for Our Patients in Brossard

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions. To learn more, please contact us today.

At what age should my child see an orthodontist?

Canadian and U.S. orthodontist associations recommend a first visit at age 7. The orthodontist can detect any problems that must be treated at a young age.

What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?

An orthodontist is a dentist who has completed postgraduate training at an accredited university program with a duration of 3 years. Orthodontists are dental specialists who limit their practice to the treatment of all types of dentofacial malocclusions. They are the experts at correcting the position of teeth and guiding the growth of the jaws.

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a specialist in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of all types of malocclusion. Orthodontists limit their practice to orthodontics. They handle all types of malocclusion (misaligned teeth and/or inadequate relationship between the jaws) in children, teens and adults. To become orthodontist, you must be a general dentist, and then successfully complete a 3-year full time university Specialty in Orthodontics recognized by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA). And to finally be awarded the title of Orthodontist, students must pass an examination by the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC).

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Would I benefit from orthodontics even as an adult?

Orthodontic treatment is possible at any age. We take the time to answer your questions and suggest treatments to meet your needs. We have the welfare of our patients at heart. You should know that it is never too late to improve the function and aesthetics of your smile through orthodontics.

How long does an orthodontic treatment take?

The duration is based on the severity of malocclusion, type of treatment and the patient's age. During your first visit, we will be able to give you an estimate of the duration of treatment, which is usually between 12 and 36 months.

How often are the appointments?

Generally, patients are seen for adjustments or checks every 6 to 8 weeks.

How much does an orthodontic treatment cost?

The fees are based on the severity of malocclusion and treatment duration. Therefore, they can vary from one patient to another. During your first visit, we will be able to give you an accurate assessment of the costs. If you have insurance, we will be happy to fill in the insurance form and explain the steps for you to receive your refund.

Also be aware that the amounts paid for orthodontic care may be deductible as medical expenses.

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What are the payment terms?

We offer interest free payment terms to help you to budget the cost of orthodontic care. Usually there is an initial amount to be given early in treatment, followed by monthly payments.

Are orthodontic braces painful?

It is normal to experience some discomfort for 2 to 3 days after the insertion of appliances or brackets. Thereafter, there will be short periods of discomfort after each adjustment. This discomfort can be well-controlled by an analgesic such as acetaminophen.

Are there foods that you should avoid eating?

Avoid eating sticky foods, hard foods and popcorn and reduce high sugar foods. Examples of sticky foods would be gum, caramels or gumdrops. Hard foods would include ice, nuts, pizza crust, bagels. Ideally, cut raw carrots and apples into small pieces.

Why is retention necessary?

Unfortunately, the teeth have memory. They seek to regain their former position. We must therefore make sure to stabilize them. And with aging, there is a normal tooth movement. So we try to limit these movements with retention devices (retainers).

Why is oral hygiene so important during orthodontic treatment?

The orthodontic brackets can accumulate food, which is a delight for bacteria! Gingivitis and cavities become inevitable if dental hygiene is not adequate and plaque is allowed to build up around the braces. We must therefore make sure to take time to dislodge the food and thus to ensure that there is no damage to the enamel, to maintain a beautiful smile. We recommend regular visits to the dentist to help you maintain good dental health.

Does my child or teen need orthodontic treatment?

If you notice the following symptoms in your child, you can discuss it with the orthodontist.

  • The teeth do not close normally or do not touch at all
  • The lower jaw moves when closing or opening
  • Facial asymmetry
  • The jaws do not seem to be a similar size (retrusive or protrusive jaw)
  • Masticatory jaw pain and difficulties
  • Mouth breathing and snoring
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Thumb or finger sucking habit
  • Premature or late loss of primary teeth