Each and every member of the Canadian Association of Orthodontics is an orthodontist who knows their craft better than anyone. They’re the ones who care for you and your children and who see patients like you each and every day. Along the way, they’re studying their progress as specialists in their field and are always on the look for new and interesting ways to improve the lives of patients like you.
As a result of this constant research, some of our all-star orthos have offered us their earned, specialized opinions on your treatment, like notes when it’s a good time to get braces: “It is never too late to begin orthodontic treatment. From age 8 to 88, there are different smile solutions for every patient that vary depending on the complexity of the case and expectations of the patient,” says Dr. Christos. Ultimately, it’s your smile and well-being that are prioritized by orthodontists like Dr. Christos.
We’ve also uncovered how other specialists have performed orthodontics with patients as young as newborn infants: “[The youngest I’ve worked with was] three weeks after birth, to place a feeding plate for many cleft palate babies to stabilize the maxilla for lip surgery,” says Dr. Edmund O’Neill.
And while you may think that an orthodontist is being a little strict on your time-commitment when it comes to wearing braces, it’s really not up to them. Dr. Tsang of Winnipeg has weighed in on this: “The length of treatment for a patient requiring alignment of their upper and lower arches is typically between 18 to 24 months, but this can vary depending on the patient’s bite, how well they maintain their appliances and their level of compliance with the instructions given by their orthodontist.”
What’s more, your orthodontist cares about fitting your orthodontic care into the life you lead – because they know that you have a busy schedule. When it comes to check-ups, “[orthodontists] like to see teenage patients every 8 weeks. We are aware of how busy the parents or adult patients are, so when everything is in good pace it can go up to 12 weeks [before your next check-up],” says Dr. Alain Brault.
The more you know, right? If you still have questions, or would like to learn more about life from the perspective of an orthodontist, why not take a look at our video series, Ask the Experts. The wealth of knowledge is worth your consideration.