Frequently Asked Questions
1I’ve heard that people can get infected by dental instruments and get Hepatitis, HIV. Should I be concerned?
We are confident when it comes to cleanliness and hygiene. We use four cycle sterilization method. First the instruments are washed then disinfected than placed in the autoclave, after a one hour cycle they are placed in ultraviolet sterilizing unit which are then used for patient’s. We also use disposable instruments when needed.
2Can Teeth be whitened?
Yes, teeth can be whitened with dramatic results in a single visit chair side procedure performed by the dentist. A number of home whitening remedies are available as well but show a milder and less gradual effect. Tooth whitening is the most common and one of the quickest dental cosmetic procedures.
3I want white teeth and a beautiful smile like the celebrities. Is it possible?
For most people, yes it is possible with a simple smile make over.
4What does a smile makeover involve?
It involves correcting the existing smile defects, if any, like gaps between teeth, teeth sticking out, too large or too small teeth, stained teeth, chipped teeth, missing teeth, gummy smiles and further enhancing the overall appearance of the smile by the skilful combination of various procedures like Veneers, crowns, Bonding, Gum contouring, tooth contouring, Dental Implants and tooth whitening. The smile gallery displays before and after photographs of variety of such cases
5How much time is required to complete the treatment?
Most smile makeover cases are completed in two to three visits.
6I don’t want anyone to know I had my smile worked upon .will it look natural?
The materials which are placed on the teeth in the form of veneers or crowns are manufactured to mimic the appearance of natural teeth. Therefore, it is impossible for anyone to distinguish a designed smile from a natural one. The end result is a smile which looks natural and beautiful.
7How do I know if my child is in need of orthodontic treatment?
It is usually difficult for you to determine if treatment is necessary because there are many problems that can occur even though the front teeth look straight. Also, there are some problems that look intimidating and complex which will resolve on their own. Asking your general dentist is good reference, but we are your best resource since orthodontics is all we do. Our initial exam is complimentary and we would be more than happy to see your child and make any recommendations necessary.
8What are the early symptoms of orthodontic problems?
Although determining if treatment is necessary is difficult for you to assess, the following symptoms may help in prompting you to seek our orthodontic advice. Ask your child to open their mouth, and let you look at their teeth. If you see any signs of crooked teeth, gaps between your child's teeth or overlapping teeth, your child may need orthodontic treatment. Ask your child to bite all the way down, but keeping their lips open so you can see their teeth. Do the front top teeth line up with the bottom? Do the top teeth protrude out away from the bottom teeth? Do the top front teeth cover more than 50% of the bottom teeth? Are the top teeth behind the bottom teeth? All these are indicators for potential orthodontic treatment. Look at the alignment of your child's jaw. Does the jaw shift off centre when your child bites down? If you see any misalignment or shifting of the jaw, your child may have a skeletal problem, which requires early orthodontic intervention. These are only some of the obvious symptoms of orthodontic problems.
9What age should my child is seen by an orthodontist?
It is recommended that your child should be evaluated by age 7. Early detection of some orthodontic problems is important in order to take early corrective action and avoid more difficult treatment later.
10Can you be too old for braces?
No, age is not a factor, only the health of your gums and bone which support your teeth. About 25% of our orthodontic patients are adults and that number is still growing!
11Will it hurt?
Orthodontic treatment has improved dramatically. As a rule, braces make your teeth sore for a few days, but it is not painful. This annoyance can be relieved with an over-the-counter pain reliever. Today's braces are smaller, more comfortable and use technology that reduces the discomfort. We use the latest in miniature braces and the highest quality of orthodontic materials in order to reduce discomfort and treatment time.
12Can I still have braces if I have missing teeth?
Yes, when teeth are missing, adjacent teeth will drift into the empty space. This will cause a functional, aesthetic or periodontal problem. Orthodontic treatment will correct and prevent these problems and will also provide proper alignment for your dentist to replace the missing teeth. Translucent clear ceramic braces are the most popular with adults. You have to be very close to someone to be able to see them. Yet, because they are a ceramic material, they are more fragile.
13Is orthodontic care expensive?
When orthodontic treatment is implemented at the proper time, treatment is often less costly than the dental care required to treat the more serious problems that can develop years later. Orthodontic fees have not increased as fast as many other consumer products. Financing is usually available and our office offers many payment programs that will meet your needs. In addition, many insurance plans now include orthodontics.