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Frequently asked questions

Starting orthodontic treatment can be daunting, but we’re here to make it easy for you! Our knowledgeable team at The Ortho Place is happy to answer your questions and set your mind at ease. Before you come in for your consultation, however, feel free to browse the answers to some of the most commonly asked orthodontic questions.

Orthodontics FAQs

What is a malocclusion?

What are the causes of a malocclusion?

Will you need to extract my teeth?

How long does it take to close gaps between teeth after an extraction?

I wore my retainer when I was younger, but now my teeth have shifted. Is this common?

Can I get invisible braces instead of traditional ones?

Invisalign® FAQs

What are Invisalign® clear aligners made of?

What do the aligners look like?

How long will Invisalign® treatment take?

Does Invisalign® treatment really work?

How do Invisalign® clear aligners effectively move teeth?

Has Invisalign® conducted clinical tests and studies?

Can I claim a rebate on Invisalign® treatment?

Are there certain dental conditions that automatically exclude you from being an eligible patient?

How long will it take to begin treatment after my initial consultation?

Will the treatment be painful?

Will Invisalign® clear aligners affect my speech?

Braces FAQs

How do braces work?

Do braces hurt?

What is an adjustment and how is it done?

What is an archwire?

What is a module (ligature)?

Am I too old for braces?

Can I get braces just on the top or bottom?

When will I begin to see changes in my teeth after the braces are put on?

I just got my braces recently and my teeth feel loose. Is this normal?

Why do I use wax when I have braces?

How do I use orthodontic dental wax?

Do I need to use a special toothbrush when I have braces?

Can you use whitening toothpaste when you wear braces?

How do I floss my teeth with braces on?

I seem to have excess saliva now that I have braces. Why?

Suddenly I’ve developed gaps between teeth which never had gaps before. Should I be worried?

If I have headgear, can I wear it only at night?

Do ceramic braces stain?

What stains the elastics of your braces the worst?

What colours elastics or power chains resist stains the best?

Do I have to change my diet when I wear braces?

Do dental plans cover the cost of braces?

Is it ok to have braces if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant?

Can I wear braces if I play sports?

Can I wear braces if I play a wind instrument?

How can I keep my braces clean after eating at a restaurant or travelling?

Retainer FAQs

What are the types of retainers?

Why do I have to wear a retainer after my braces come off?

How do I keep my retainer clean?

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