Frequently Asked Questions

At what age should my child see an orthodontist?

  • The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic dental exam for all children of 7 years of age. A dentist can usually diagnose a major orthodontic problem and recommend an orthodontist if needed. If in doubt, you can make an appointment with Dr. Normand Bach, for a consultation. If there is no reason to start this first phase of treatment you will have a clear conscience

Why choose an orthodontist?

  • An orthodontist is the specialist who diagnoses, prevents and treats dental and skeletal irregularities. He has 3 years of full time university training to adequately correct dental alignment. An orthodontist only treats orthodontics and does not treat cavities or gum problems and does not perform regular cleanings.

How much does an orthodontic treatment cost?

  • Several factors influence the cost of treatment, so it is impossible to have an estimate without first having a consultation with Dr. Normand Bach. Flexible payment terms may be set for this investment that lasts a lifetime.

Until what age can you have an orthodontic treatment?

  • There is no age limit for an orthodontic treatment, as it is never too late to improve a person’s appearance and the appearance of their smile. New techniques allow the braces to be invisible and thus makes the treatment more appealing to adults.

What causes a malocclusion?

  • Most malocclusions appear to be hereditary. Other malocclusions can be caused by habits like breathing from the mouth, thumb sucking, premature tooth loss, an accident, etc ….

Why have orthodontic treatments?

  • crowded teeth are difficult to clean and maintain
  • A bad occlusion can wear down teeth in an uneven way
  • A bad occlusion can worsen the malocclusion and make pronunciation more difficult, in addition to extra stress on the jaw bones and gums
  • Without treatment, some problems may be more difficult to repair later on and may even worsen
  • A beautiful smile is so rewarding and gratifying as well as being a major asset.

How long is the orthodontic treatment?

  • An Orthodontic treatment takes 1 to 3 years respectively, in addition to the retention phase.

How can I speed up my orthodontic treatment or that of my child?

  • Dr. Norman Bach will do everything in his power to accelerate the orthodontic treatment and decrease the treatment’s duration to improve your quality of life.

Some simple steps can make the experience easier…

  1. Attend appointments and avoid frequently rescheduling appointments
  2. Follow dietary recommendations to prevent the detachment of the appliance, which could prolong the duration of the treatment.
  3. Wear elastics where indicated
  4. Maintain proper dental hygiene

What if an appliance becomes loose or the cement under a bracket lets go during treatment?

  • If the appliance came off the tooth, while it’s not a major emergency, you should call the clinic to have a follow up on your treatment especially if your regular appointment is scheduled a few weeks away. Loose appliances frequently and repeatedly lengthen the duration of the orthodontic treatment.

What if a wire is protruding from the appliance and injures the inner cheek?

  • The wire was probably moved to one side. Call the clinic where you follow your treatments with, if your appointment is scheduled more than a few weeks away and put some orthodontic wax on the wire until your next appointment.

What if an ulcer is present in the mouth?

  • Some patients are more likely to develop ulcers in the mouth at the beginning of the treatment. Rinse with salt water and put on some orthodontic wax to help ease the trauma, until it heals.

What if my child plays a lot of sports?

  • Orthodontic brackets are compatible with most mouth guards sold in sports stores and supermarkets.

What if my child plays a woodwind musical instrument?

  • Talk with your orthodontist. Some orthodontic appliances and retainers can affect the practice of a wind instrument.

 
 


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