Frequently Asked Questions

(The following information is provided by the BOS).

How do braces feel?

Most people have some discomfort after their braces are first put on or when adjusted during treatment. After the braces are on, teeth may become sore and may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. Our orthodontist will advise patients what, if any, pain relievers to take. Overall, orthodontic discomfort is short-lived and easily managed. Once patients have become accustomed to their braces, they may even forget they have them on.

I don’t want braces that show. What are my options?

In some cases, braces may be bonded behind the teeth (lingual braces). Some of today’s wires are made of “space age” materials that exert a steady, gentle pressure on the teeth, so that the tooth-moving process may be faster and more comfortable for patients. A type of clear orthodontic wire is currently in an experimental stage. Another option may be the use of a series of plastic tray aligners instead of traditional braces to correct some problems.

Can I afford orthodontic treatment?

We have the Behrens Dental Plan that makes treatment affordable, with 0% finance for up to 2 years, subject to conditions. Our patients find this to be a convenient way to pay and make the decision to transform their smiles, easier to make.

My teeth have been crooked for many years – should I have orthodontic treatment now?

It’s never too late! Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Orthodontic treatment can restore good function. A healthy, beautiful smile can improve self-esteem, no matter the age.

Do teeth with braces need special care?

Yes. Patients with braces must be careful to avoid hard, sticky, chewy and crunchy foods, or hard objects, such as pens, pencils or fingernails. Keeping the teeth and braces clean requires more precision and time, and must be done every day if the teeth and gums are to be healthy during and after orthodontic treatment. Clean, healthy teeth move quicker.

How may I distinguish an orthodontist from a dentist?

We have a specialist orthodontist who has received extra training. Orthodontists receive an additional five years of training specialised education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth. Only those with this education may call themselves ‘specialist orthodontists’.

Can my child play sports while wearing braces?

Yes. But wearing a protective mouth guard is advised while riding a bike, skating, or playing any contact sports, whether organised sports. Our orthodontist can recommend a specific mouth guard. Read more.

Will braces interfere with playing musical instruments?

Playing wind or brass instruments, such as the trumpet, will clearly require some adaptation to braces. With practice and a period of adjustment, braces typically do not interfere with the playing of musical instruments. Read more