Frequently Asked Questions

Here at Smiles on Yonge we understand that you may have many questions about orthodontic treatments, not only provided by us, but about treatments in general. We hope that this page can help answer any questions you may have after your first visit, and if not feel free to contact us with any further questions.

How much does orthodontic treatment cost?

The cost of orthodontic treatments tend to vary. It all depends on the problem or condition and the length of time and appliances necessary to correct it. It’s our goal to make sure that all of our clients can comfortably afford their treatment. Providing you with the smile you’ve always dreamed of is our mission.

Are payment plans available?

Who are we to deny you that beautiful smile? Our payment plans are convenient as well as interest free.

What does my insurance cover, and what doesn’t it?

Depending on your insurance provider you are most likely covered. However, for how much is something to discuss with them. But we will explain how insurance works and how it will work with you to help make sure you get the most out of your insurance benefits.

Does my family dentist need to make me a referral before I can make an appointment?

No, you don’t need a referral to visit us at Smiles On Yonge. Our clients are referred to us by family dentists, but also by family and friends. We welcome all new patients, as well as second opinions.

Is there a consultation fee?

No, our consultations are free!

What is the best age to get braces?

When it comes to any orthodontic procedure, treatment varies depending on the type of problem. The Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends an initial screening between ages 7-10. Around this age is when children will start developing their adult front teeth which will allow us to assess whether or not any orthodontic problems are developing. There isn’t a “best” age to get braces but it’s usually estimated to be between ages 10 to 14.

Is there an age limit for treatment?

When it comes to creating a beautifully straight smile, age will never matter. We believe everyone deserves a perfect smile.

What happens after my consultation?

After you’ve had your consultation you’ll be one step closer to the achieving the smile you’ve always dreamed of! We will then schedule your first appointment to apply the braces or Invisalign aligners.

How do I schedule an initial exam?

We try and make this process as stress free for you as possible. Scheduling appointments with us is now easier than ever. For all of our clinic information please visit our contact us page.

Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist for my treatment?

There is only one type of doctor that is trained to take care of your teeth, especially when regarding braces. An orthodontist. Only an orthodontist has the specialized training and knowledge to be able to properly diagnose and treat a variety of jaw/bite issues, as well as possessing a wide knowledge of the full range of orthodontic appliances.

Do you give shots?

No, orthodontic treatments are very non invasive so there are no shots required.

How often will my appointments be?

Appointment times vary depending each patients needs. However, most patients are usually seen every 6 to 10 weeks. It all depends on your situation and if you need frequent monitoring. We will take care of all of your appointments though, just bring your smile.

How long will my appointments be?

Usually appointments can last anywhere from 20-30 minutes. Your consultation exam can take about an hour while we run tests and your appointment to have the braces applied and removed can take up to 1.5 hours each.

If I kiss someone who also has braces will we get locked?

It’s impossible for braces to lock together, so in this case kiss away!

How do I know if I need braces or not?

When you book a consultation, our orthodontist will evaluate your tooth position and your bite. If you have any spacing, crowding, worn down teeth, you may be the perfect candidate for braces.

How do you explain the process of orthodontic treatment?

Whether you choose braces or Invisalign the process is the same. They both create light pressure which gradually moves the teeth into their proper positions.

Can’t my teeth straighten on their own over time?

If you have a condition such as crowding then unfortunately it won’t get better with time. In most cases it gets worse since the back teeth can sometimes shift forward. Jaw growth also slows down as time passes which makes it important to get treated as early as possible to help avoid any need for jaw surgery.

Is there any pain associated with either braces or Invisalign?

Usually the patient won’t be in pain during the orthodontic treatment. The advances in orthodontic technology have made it so that braces and Invisalign is more comfortable for the patient. However, you may experience some soreness after some appointments with braces due to the progress and positive changes occurring to your teeth. After you get your braces on you may feel some discomfort after 8 hours or so which might take 1-4 days. With Invisalign you may feel some discomfort after changing aligners and the teeth may be sore for a few days. But it’s nothing an over the counter product such as Tylenol or Advil can’t help. When you are feeling discomfort associated with your teeth you may also benefit from eating softer foods until it subsides.

How long will treatment take?

Generally treatment times are shorter now than they used to be. This is due to the advances in orthodontic technology. The time period to help you will depend on your specific condition, however it can range from 3-4 months to more than 24 months. The average treatment with braces usually lasts 18-24 months. But this will be more than worth it once they come off and you see that beautiful, everlasting smile.

Can I schedule appointments before or after school hours?

We know how important school is, and we will try to accommodate that schedule to the best of our abilities. Although we can’t always schedule before and after school hours, but since appointment dates are so stretched out and appointments don’t take very long, any school time your children may miss will be very minimal.

Will I require tooth removal?

It’s not very likely that we will have to remove teeth, however it depends on your condition. Tooth removal may be required if you suffer from conditions such as severe crowding or if any bite problems are occurring. The earlier the treatment the better.

Can I drop my child off for his/her appointment or will I be required to stay?

Of course, we understand your day can be hectic and we are happy to help you. Occasionally we may request to speak to a parent but that can wait until you return. We ask that parents check in with our front desk staff before dropping off their child. When you return we also ask you check in with our front desk so we can book your child’s next appointment which works for you.

Can I return to school/work the day I get my braces or Invisalign put on?

Braces and Invisalign have changed drastically over the years and in doing so it has increased patient comfort. We don’t see any reason as to why they should interrupt your day.

Can I continue playing a musical instrument with my braces?

Of course! Your braces are designed to help you, not prevent you from doing the things you love. However, depending on the instrument you play there may be an adjustment period for the first little while until you get used to them.

Do I need to see my family Dentist for check-ups after I get my braces or Invisalign?

Definitely! Regular checkups with your dentist are important during any type of orthodontic treatment. Your family dentist can determine and set a schedule for dental cleanings during your treatment.

Can I still play sports if I have braces?

Who are we to get in the way of greatness? Surely you can still participate in all sports, however we do recommend you approach certain sports with caution. If you’re playing a sport which requires a mouthguard you may find that your custom moulded guard may no longer fit properly and may conflict with the movement of your teeth from your braces. Shock Doctor and Under Armour make mouthguards specifically for those with braces and will adapt to the changes in your teeth.

What foods can I eat, and which should I avoid with braces?

Your eating habits don’t have to change once you have braces. However, there are certain foods we ask you avoid such as: sticky foods (e.g. toffee), ice, hard candy, and some raw vegetables (e.g. carrots). If you do decide to eat these types of food we just ask that you do it carefully, and slowly. Avoiding these foods will significantly decrease the possibility of damaging your braces.

How often should I be brushing and flossing with braces?

Just because you have braces doesn’t mean you should brush your teeth any more or less than you currently do. Patients should be brushing their teeth 2-3 times daily. Ideally, after any meals and before you go to bed. Flossing is recommended once a day to help remove any plaque or even food pieces which your toothbrush can’t reach. Once your braces have been put on we will show you some tips and tricks on how to floss, and brush with braces.

What is considered an emergency appointment and how are they handled?

Problems with your braces rarely occur but if you encounter any problems with your orthodontics then we ask that you please call our office right away. In most cases we can handle any issues over the phone, but if an emergency does arise then we will get you in as soon as possible. Problems can all be fixed so there’s no need to worry.

If the issue cannot be solved over the phone, please book an emergency appointment with us. For after-hours emergencies, send us an email at: and leave a message as to what the problem and emergency is. You can also contact the Emergency Dental Office located at 8300 Yonge St, Thornhill, ON, L4J7R3. To make an appointment please call: 905-707-5808.

The most common emergencies which occur during treatment are:

  • A bracket comes loose
  • A damaged appliance is causing pain
  • A ligature comes off the braces
  • Irritation of the lips or cheeks
  • Sore teeth
Are there ever any complications?

There may be minor risk involved in treatment depending on your case. Although, if there are any risks we will provide them with you during your initial consultation and take the necessary steps. Steps like specialized x-rays to evaluate your teeth, bone, and jaw structures to ensure that treatment is the best option for you. We also remain in constant contact with your family dentist to ensure that if any problems develop they are caught and corrected immediately.

What are the benefits to having braces?

Braces are very common in this day and age. They’re used to help you obtain that perfect smile you’ve always dreamed off. Some of the benefits include things like:

  • Straighter and better positioned teeth
  • Improved appearance of your teeth, gums and face
  • A more attractive smile which can improve your self confidence
  • With straight teeth they are easier to clean which will lead to better long term health of your teeth and gums
  • Less tooth wear resulting in longer lasting teeth
  • Better fitting teeth which will make chewing easier
  • Optimization for any other dental treatment procedures you may require
Smiles on Yonge Orthodontics
8900 Yonge Street, Unit 1 Richmond Hill Ontario L4C 0L7