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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, your primary dentist is still the best caretaker of your overall dental health. Your orthodontist, of course, will monitor your braces and the progress they are making to straighten your teeth or fix your bite, but it’s the regular cleanings and dental examinations that will keep your mouth healthy for life. Remember: you can still get cavities when you are wearing braces.

  1. If your orthodontist has fitted you with elastics, remove them before brushing.
  2. Using fluoride toothpaste and a soft, compact toothbrush, place your brush at an angle of 45 degrees against the gums. Gently brush along the gum line where the gums and teeth meet, using a small circular motion on each tooth.
  3. Spend about 10 seconds on each tooth before moving onto the next tooth, brushing in a set pattern so that you don’t miss any teeth.
  4. Gently brush the braces. Press your toothbrush firmly enough so that the bristles spread into the gaps between the wire and the tooth. Brush in and around all of the brackets and wires. Ensure that you brush under the wires. A battery powered brush may be helpful.
  5. Brush both the inside and the outside surfaces of your teeth using a gentle circular motion on each tooth.
  6. For the chewing surfaces, use a firm back and forth motion.
  7. Spit out excess paste, then closely inspect your teeth and braces in the mirror to check that they are clean and shiny.
  8. Replace your elastics in accordance with your orthodontist’s recommendation.
  9. After brushing, rinse with a fluoride mouthwash for 1 minute to help prevent cavities and white spots.
  10. Use other oral care products, such inter proximal brushes as prescribed by your dental professional

Your Invisalign treatment consists of a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that you change every two weeks for the next set of aligners. Each aligner is individually manufactured for your teeth, and your teeth only. As you replace each aligner, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to the final position prescribed by your dental practice.

What’s more, a virtual treatment plan generated by Align Technology’s unique ClinCheck® software shows the series of movements your teeth will go through over the course of the treatment. This allows you to see upfront what your teeth are expected to look like at the end of the treatment. From the results of the ClinCheck software, your custom-made, clear aligners are produced especially for you.

If you’re ready for a smile that transforms your appearance, Invisalign is your answer. Although there are many choices out there, no other treatment works as comfortably as Invisalign.

Invisalign could be the best way to transform your smile without interfering with your day-to-day life.

Healthy teeth can be moved at any age, so there is no such thing as being “too old” for braces. In fact, in modern orthodontic practices one out of every five orthodontic patients is an adult. This figure represents only a small proportion of adults who could actually benefit from orthodontic treatment. Research has shown that the frequency of malocclusion in adults is comparable to what we see in children and adolescents.

During childhood and adolescence, orthodontic treatment takes advantage of the growing jaw to guide it into perfect position. During adulthood our jaw bone is no longer growing, which can mean that some orthodontic cases may require additional treatments such as surgery to achieve a fully functional beautiful smile.

Align orthodontics offers various aesthetic alternatives to regular stainless steel braces such as aligners (Invisalign), and ceramic (clear) braces which may appeal to our adult patients.

Orthodontic treatment often begins between the ages of 8 and 14. Assessment and treatment that begins while a child is growing often helps produce optimal results.   Therefore, it is recommended that children have an orthodontic evaluation between the ages of 7-9. By then they should have a mix of primary (baby) teeth and their permanent (adult) teeth. Your child’s dentist can recognize problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth at an early age and will refer you to see a specialized orthodontist for interceptive treatment to prevent future bite problems. That is why regular dental examinations are important.

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects the position of teeth and jaws. Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean and maybe at risk of being lost early due to tooth decay and gum disease. Functional problems may also occur due to uneven forces on muscles. This may lead to headaches, temperomandibular joint disorders, neck and shoulder pain. Crooked and malpositioned teeth can also cause aesthetic problems and detract from ones appearance and self confidence.