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Frequently asked questions about orthodontics

At Smile Team Orthodontics we understand you'll have questions about orthodontics. Here are a few of the frequently asked ones we get which can hopefully answer a few of yours.

Excellent orthodontic results can happen when dentist and client work together. Being co-operative and informed as a patient ensures that your orthodontic journey is a positive one, with the client, the orthodontist and staff all working together in a ‘team effort’. Our passion is your smile, and helping you achieve the results you want, which is why we have compiled our most frequently asked questions to help your journey run as smoothly as possible.

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Excellent orthodontic results can happen when dentist and client work together. Being co-operative and informed as a patient ensures that your orthodontic journey is a positive one, with the client, the orthodontist and staff all working together in a ‘team effort’. Our passion is you, and helping you achieve the results you want, which is why we have compiled our most frequently asked questions to help your journey run as smoothly as possible.

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What is the difference between Invisalign and braces?

What is the difference between Invisalign and braces?

Both are orthodontic treatments. With Invisalign we use clear plastic aligners to move the teeth around. With braces, they come in either metal or clear braces. However for Invisalign to work well you have to wear them quite religiously, if not than braces are the right option for you.

Is there an age limit for orthodontic treatment?

Is there an age limit for orthodontic treatment?

There isn’t an age limit for orthodontic treatment. However some treatments are age dependent and sometimes early treatment is indicated. It’s best that you make an appointment and come talk to us if you would like to know more.

How to use the RME?

How to use the RME?

RME is a Rapid Maxillary Expander. It is for the upper jaw and it expands the roof of the mouth in a transverse dimension. Activating the RME involves using a key, which can swivel on itself but also has a kink at the end.

How often do I visit the orthodontist?

How often do I visit the orthodontist?

Depending on your treatment plan you will need to visit the Orthodontist every 6-8 weeks, although this might change depending on your specific circumstances.

How often do I clean my Invisalign aligner?

How often do I clean my Invisalign aligner?

It is important to clean your Invisalign aligners twice daily. We also encourage you to rinse them under cold water with a toothbrush.

How many Invisalign aligners do you get?

How many Invisalign aligners do you get?

Each set of aligners will gradually shift your teeth into place, and the amount of aligners you receive will depend on your treatment plan and progress!. Usually per set it can range from 10 to 60 aligners. And on average every patient will get about 2 to 3 sets of aligners.

How long will my orthodontic treatment be?

How long will my orthodontic treatment be?

The average duration of orthodontic treatment can range anywhere from 12 months to 3 years, although on average it tends to last 18-24 months.

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