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FAQs From Your Local Surrey Orthodontist

The most common orthodontic questions in one place.


Q: What’s the difference between Orthodontists and Dentists?
Orthodontics is a specialty field of dentistry concerning the alignment of the jaw and the straightening of teeth. Becoming an orthodontist typically takes another 2-3 years of school after graduating in dentistry.
Q: Should I see an orthodontist?
A: Patients are often referred to an orthodontist by their family dentist, but this is not always the case. If your teeth feel crooked, or if your bite doesn’t line up properly, we encourage you to speak to an orthodontist who can diagnose any potential problems.
Q: How do braces work?
A: Braces straighten teeth through a series of metal brackets placed on each tooth, with a wire connecting them. By exerting pressure and force on the teeth, braces shift the position of the teeth over time. There are two main types of these kind of braces, traditional braces and self-ligating braces. Traditional braces use  elastic bands to hold the wire to the brackets, while with self-ligating braces, the wire connects directly to the bracket with no elastics necessary.   
Q: Invisalign vs Braces?
A: Invisalign and braces both have the same goal of straightening and aligning teeth, but their methods are different. Braces are more traditional and are one of the most common methods to achieve straight teeth, whereas Invisalign is a more recent development.

Invisalign treatment involves a series of incremental aligners that fit over your teeth, much like a retainer, and treatment may require anything from 6 aligners to over 40, depending on the severity of misalignment. This treatment is popular because of cosmetic reasons, as they are much more lowkey and harder to see than traditional braces.

Q:How long will I need braces?
A: Treatment times vary by patient, but the average time ranges from 18-24 months.
Q: Are braces painful?
A: Most people will experience some discomfort, but that is due to the braces moving the teeth, and is only temporary.
Q: How much is treatment?
A: Cost of treatment is evaluated on a case by case basis, as every patient is unique. We offer flexible finance options, and are more than happy to work with you to make sure that your treatment is affordable.

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