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Why choose an Orthodontist?

Orthodontic specialists devote additional years of study to orthodontics after they graduate from dental school. Like your cardiologist, your dermatologist, and your pediatrician, an Orthodontist has studied extensively to specialize in one area. Orthodontists are experts
in how your teeth, your jaws and your facial muscles all work together.


Orthodontists use their education, experience and expertise to delve deep to discover the root of your orthodontic problem and can recommend the best treatment possible—one that delivers a healthy, attractive smile and long lasting results. Remember, a healthy
mouth contributes to your overall good health. To get the specialized treatment you deserve, choose an Orthodontic Specialist and
“Live Your Life Smiling®”


When should a child first see an Orthodontist?

The Canadian Association of Orthodontics recommends that every child have an orthodontic check-up no later than age 9. By this age, orthodontists can detect problems with jaw growth and erupting teeth while primary teeth are still present.


Do I need a dentist’s referral?

No, a dentist referral is not necessary. Our greatest compliment is when our patients refer family members, colleagues or friends.
Please feel free to call our office to schedule an orthodontic consultation.


What causes orthodontic problems?

Most orthodontic problems are inherited. Examples of these problems are crowding, spacing, extra or missing teeth and some jaw problems. Other improper bites and tooth positions can develop over time. They can be caused by thumb or finger sucking, abnormal swallowing or early or late loss of primary teeth.


Will orthodontic treatment hurt?

When you first get your appliances, you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal and will fade with time. Drinking cold liquids may temporarily relieve some discomfort for you. If the pain is more severe you can also try taking a pain reliever.


Suddenly I’ve developed spaces between teeth which I never had before. Should I be worried?

It is very common for your teeth to shift and develop spaces while treatment is underway. Your bite will change many times during your treatment. Remember, that any spaces or bite problems will be resolved by the time your treatment is finished.


Can I still play sports while wearing braces?

Absolutely! In order to protect your smile during any sporting activity, we recommend that you wear a mouth guard. The “boil and bite” mouth guard works best while braces are on and teeth are moving. Once treatment is completed custom mouth guards are recommended.


Do I have to wear a retainer after my braces come off?

YES, absolutely! The retainer helps keep your teeth in their proper new position. It’s very important to wear the retainers exactly as
Dr. Kuppers recommends, otherwise, your teeth may shift, especially if you stop wearing your retainer within the first two years.
Long term retainer wear is always recommended.


How long will I have my braces on?

Approximate treatment time can range from 10 months to 36 months depending on the age of the patient, the severity of the problem, the patient’s cooperation and the degree of movement required. Dr. Kuppers will provide an approximate treatment time for each patient at your initial consultation.