Dr Sheldon Dorfman
Certified Specialist in Orthodontics

Dr. Sheldon Dorfman

5025 Sherbrooke St. W, Suite 230
Montreal, QC H4A 1S9
Phone: (514) 482-6743
Fax:  (514) 482-8765

info@dorfmanorthodontics.com

 

FAQ

  1. Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist?
  2. Is it required that my family dentist schedule my appointment with the orthodontist?
  3. At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?
  4. Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?
  5. What will happen at the initial examination appointment?
  6. Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?
  7. How long will it take to complete treatment?
  8. How much will braces cost? Are financing options available? How does my insurance work?
  9. How often will I have appointments?
  10. Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?
  11. Do braces hurt?
  12. Can I return to school the day I receive my braces?
  13. Do you give shots?
  14. Can I still play sports?
  15. Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?
  16. Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?
  17. How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?
  18. What is an emergency appointment? How are those handled?
  19. Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?
  20. What is Phase One (early) Treatment?
  21. Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?
  22. Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?

1. Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist?

Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments.

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2. Is it required that my family dentist schedule my appointment with the orthodontist?

No, it is not. Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, yet many other patients take the initiative to schedule an examination themselves.

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3. At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition.

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4. Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?

No, they will not. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow. In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.

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5. What will happen at the initial examination appointment?

To read more about your first visit, see our First Visit Page.

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6. Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?

Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best orthodontic result. Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are the goal of orthodontics. However, because new technology has provided advanced orthodontic procedures, removing teeth is not always necessary for orthodontic treatment.

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7. How long will it take to complete treatment?

Treatment time obviously depends on each patient's specific orthodontic problem. In general, treatment times range from 12 to 30 months. The "average" time frame a person is in braces is approximately 22 months.

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8. How much will braces cost? Are financing options available? How does my insurance work?

It is impossible to give an exact cost for treatment until we have examined you. We will cover the exact cost and financial options during the initial examination. We have several financing options available to accommodate your needs, and we will review these with you.

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9. How often will I have appointments?

Appointments are scheduled according to each patient's needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every four to eight weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.

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10. Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?

Unfortunately, we cannot schedule all appointments for students during after-school hours. However, because most appointments are scheduled four to eight weeks apart, most patients will miss minimal school due to their orthodontic treatments. We will, however, make a sincere effort to meet your scheduling needs.

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11. Do braces hurt?

Generally, braces do not "hurt." After certain visits, teeth may be sore for a few days. In these situations, pain medications such as Advil or Tylenol will ease the discomfort. However, after most visits, patients do not feel any soreness at all! We often remind our patients, “It does not have to hurt to work!”

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12. Can I return to school the day I receive my braces?

Yes. There is no reason to miss school because of an orthodontic appointment.

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13. Do you give shots?

No. Shots are not necessary in orthodontic treatment.

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14. Can I still play sports?

Yes. We recommend a mouth guard for all sports.

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15. Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?

Yes! Regular checkups with your family dentist are important while in braces. Your family dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments while you are in braces.

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16. Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?

Yes. Once treatment begins, we will explain the complete instructions and provide a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. Some of those foods include: ice, hard candy, raw vegetables and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and taffy). You can avoid most emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces by carefully following our instructions.

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17. How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?

Please check out our Brushing & Flossing Page.

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18. What is an emergency appointment? How are those handled?

Please check out our Emergency Info page.

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19. Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?

Yes. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention. However, if a patient is not yet ready for treatment, we will follow that patient's growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.

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20. What is Phase One (early) Treatment?

Phase One treatment, if necessary, is usually initiated on children between the ages of 7 and 10. Phase One treatment usually lasts about 6-18 months. The primary objective for Phase One treatment is to address significant problems to prevent them from becoming more severe and to improve self-esteem and self-image.

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21. Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?

A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health, happiness and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. No patient is "too old" to wear braces!

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22. Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?

Yes. A tooth with a crown will move just like a tooth with a simple filling. When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth.

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