FAQs

AirdrieWhat is an orthodontist?

Orthodontists are specialists in the field of dentistry who’s primary focus is on the alignment and occlusion of the teeth. They have been specially trained to use a wide range of appliances such as braces, plates and headgear to help them achieve treatment results.

An orthodontist must complete their education to become a dentist before they can enter into the specialty of orthodontics. Once they have completed it they will then go on to a University Based advanced education program in orthodontics. These combined programs, gives the orthodontist the tools he will need to manage tooth growth and guide facial development.

What Age Group Should See an Orthodontist?

We recommend you see an orthodontist for an orthodontic evaluation at the age of seven. There is no top end to this (7-107), basically if you have teeth and you are not happy with their alignment, their look or how they fit together, you can come have a consultation and Dr. Liss will go over your treatment options with you.

What are Some Possible Benefits of Orthodontics?

There are many benefits to having orthodontic treatment, improved esthetics, better function, ability to clean your teeth with greater ease, self confidence, less force and wear on teeth, bones and gums.

Are there signs that may indicate you need braces?

AirdrieWhen your upper teeth stick out over your lower teeth and you find it hard to close your lips.
AirdrieWhen your upper teeth fit over the most of your lower teeth.
AirdrieAnother sign you may need braces is when your top teeth fit behind your lower teeth when you bite down.
AirdrieIf your teeth do not touch when you bite together.
AirdrieCrowding and overlapping can be a sign that you need braces.
AirdrieMouth habits that put undue stress on your teeth
AirdrieIf you are having troubles chewing do to a poor bite
AirdrieIf your teeth are wearing unevenly or excessively
AirdrieIf you have large spaces between your teeth
If you have any or more then one of these signs you may want to call and arrange a consultation appointment.

Do you Treat Adult Patients?

In a word yes, orthodontic treatment can be beneficial at any age. We all want a great smile and 20 – 25% of our patients are adult patients.

Are Braces Painful?

The application of the braces themselves is not a painful procedure, once the wires are placed then some tenderness may occur. The soreness may last 1-3 days and is usually tolerated well by all age groups although some people find it more comfortable to take some Advil during the initial adjustment period.

Do braces interfere with sports or playing and mouth instrument in school?

You will need to get used to having braces on and it may take a few days to learn how to accommodate the braces when playing and instrument. We recommend that if you are involved in sports activities of any kind, you wear a mouth guard. Mouth Guards can be made to fit around your braces in a variety of fun colors.

Why would a patient have 2 phases of treatment?

When early intervention is indicated in a patient age six to ten years of age, to expand for space or hold space or to correct harmful mouth habits, we call this treatment Phase 1. It Phase prepares the mouth for more comprehensive treatment called Phase 11 which usually occurs between the ages of 11 and thirteen.

Do I still need to go to my general dentist while I am in Orthodontic Treatment?

You do, it is even more important to attend regular check ups and cleanings with your dentist at this time. Although Dr. Liss is a dentist, he is a specialist in orthodontic and so his focus and equipment are not geared for regular dental appointments. The appliances and braces we use will make it more difficult to keep your teeth clean, so it is important to have your dentist keep an eye on them.

How long will Orthodontic treatment take?

Every treatment is unique just as every patient is, so treatment times can vary. The average treatment time is 12- 24 months. The actual time the patient spends in braces is influenced by a number of factors. Specific treatment type, compliance, patient’s oral health, and maintaining a regular appointment schedule.

How long will I have to wear my retainers after treatment?

Dr. Liss always say to this question “as long as you want to keep your teeth beautiful”
You will wear them 22 hours a day at first, then you will go down to nightly wear and eventually you will be able to wear them once a week just to make sure that your teeth aren’t shifting.

Why do we wear retainers for so long?

Although our teeth have moved to a great position many factors in our face mouth and body influence on their ability to stay in place, the aging process, facial muscles, mouth habits just to name a few.