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FAQ

How much does orthodontic treatment cost? Are payment plans available? What about insurance?

The cost of orthodontic treatment depends on the severity of the problem and the length of time to correct it. If several treatment options are available, a range of fees may be presented. Since 1997, we have strived to make orthodontic treatment affordable with reasonable fees, and convenient payment plans with no interest charges. When orthodontic insurance coverage is available, we will explain how insurance works and will work with you to ensure you maximize your insurance benefits.

Do I need a referral from my family Dentist to schedule an appointment with Wilk & Wilk Orthodontics?

No, a specific referral is not necessary. If you have any concerns, please contact us. While many of our patients are referred by their family Dentists, many parents are very proactive and take the initiative to schedule an examination themselves. If you have any concerns about your teeth or your smile, we encourage you to schedule an appointment.

Is there a fee for the consultation appointment?

No.

How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?

Please call or email us at:
Wilk & Wilk Cambridge: 519.624.9455 or npcambridge@wilkandwilk.com
Wilk & Wilk Oakville: 905.847.9855 or npoakville@wilkandwilk.com.
We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you.

When is the best age for braces?

The best age for any type of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the type of problem present. However, the Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends an initial orthodontic screening by age 7. By this age, most children will have their adult front teeth beginning to erupt which will allow us to assess whether any orthodontic problems are developing.

Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist for my orthodontic treatment?

Only an orthodontist is an orthodontist. Like your pediatrician, orthopaedic surgeon, or ENT specialist, an orthodontist has completed additional years of specialty training in one specific discipline. Only an orthodontist has the specialized knowledge necessary to properly diagnose and treat a wide variety of jaw/bite problems. Only an orthodontist has significant clinical experience to consistently achieve excellence while creating beautiful, healthy smiles. Only an orthodontist has knowledge of the full range of orthodontic appliances because orthodontists work with these appliances every day. At Wilk & Wilk, we practice orthodontics all day long. Each and every day. We live Orthodontics. We breathe Orthodontics. Please visit mylifemysmile.org.

How long will it take to complete treatment?

Treatment times are generally shorter now than they were years ago because of improvements in orthodontic technology. The length of treatment required to create your beautiful healthy smile and stable bite will depend on each patient’s specific orthodontic problem. Treatment can range for 3-4 months to more than 24 months. The average treatment length with braces is 18-24 months.

How often will I have appointments?

Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs, but technology allows us to extend the time between visits – most patients will be seen every 6 to 10 weeks although some of our patients are seen every 16 weeks! If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.

Do braces or Invisalign® hurt?

Generally, the teeth will not hurt during orthodontic treatment. The advances in orthodontic technology have resulted in dramatic improvements in patient comfort. After certain visits with braces or after changing Invisalign® aligners, the teeth may be sore for a few days. The soreness will be a mild reminder of the positive changes that are happening to your smile, but will rarely be severe enough to warrant pain medication. If an orthodontic patient is experiencing discomfort, Advil or Tylenol can be taken.

Can I schedule all of my appointments before or after school?

We will be as accommodating as possible, but unfortunately, we cannot schedule all appointments for students during before-school and after-school hours. However, because most appointments are scheduled 6 to 10 weeks apart, most of our orthodontic patients will miss minimal school due to their orthodontic treatments. We will, however, make a sincere effort to meet your scheduling needs.

Is tooth removal necessary?

The need for tooth removal has been dramatically reduced thanks to the introduction of new technology to orthodontics. Tooth removal may be required only if severe crowding or bite problems are present.

Can I drop my child off for an appointment?

Yes. We understand your busy schedule, and we are happy to help you make the most of your time. On some occasions, we may request to speak with a parent when they return, so we ask that parents check in with our front desk staff before dropping off their child.

Can I return to school or work the day I receive my braces or Invisalign®?

Yes. Technological advances in orthodontics have increased patient comfort dramatically so there will be no reason to change your daily routine.

Do you give shots?

No. Orthodontic treatment is a very noninvasive specialty so shots are not necessary.

Can I still play a musical instrument if I’m wearing braces?

Absolutely! Wearing braces will not prevent you from playing a musical instrument, but there may be an adjustment period at first.

Can I still play sports if I’m wearing braces?

Yes, you will be able to participate in all sports. However, since we are advocates for safety in all sports, we generally recommend wearing a mouth guard for any recreational activity that poses a risk of injury to the teeth whether it’s required for a particular sport or not. A custom moulded mouthguard will likely not be possible because they may interfere with tooth movement. Shock Doctor® and Under Armour® make mouthguards for patients wearing braces. They will adapt to changes in tooth positions during orthodontic tooth movement.

Do I still need to see my family Dentist for check-ups while wearing braces or Invisalign®?

Absolutely! Regular checkups with your family Dentist are important while in any type of orthodontic treatment. Your family Dentist will determine the ideal frequency of dental cleanings during your orthodontic treatment. In some cases, it may be advantageous to visit your Dentist more frequently during orthodontic treatment.

Are there foods I cannot eat while wearing braces?

Yes, but the list is not prohibitively long! Some of the foods to avoid include: sticky foods (Gummy bears, Fruit roll-ups, Skittles, caramel and taffy, etc.) ice, hard candy, and raw vegetables. By carefully avoiding these foods, you can significantly decrease the likelihood of damaging your orthodontic appliances.

How often should I brush and floss my teeth while in braces?

Patients should brush their teeth at least two – three times each day – after each meal and before going to bed. Flossing once a day is also recommended to remove any stubborn plaque that the bristles of the toothbrush could not reach. Wilk & Wilk promotes oral health by encouraging our orthodontic patients to make brushing and flossing a priority to reduce the possibility of tooth decay and gum disease. We will show each patient how to floss their teeth with braces and may also provide a prescription for a special fluoride, if necessary

What is an emergency appointment? How are those handled?

First of all, orthodontic problems rarely occur, but if they do…………

we are always available and always within reach.

If you are having any problems with your orthodontic appliances, you should call our office. There are also after-hours numbers for you to reach us. In most cases, we can address any issues over the telephone, but if you require an emergency appointment, we will make it happen.

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