FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Orthodontic treatments vary so much in techniques and lengths of treatments that it is not possible to provide a meaningful approximation of costs.

Orthodontists provide an initial consultation at a relatively low fee, and often at no charge, and will provide an estimate of the cost for treatment for you or your child.

It is also your choice to attend a different orthodontist to get a second opinion about treatment and costs.

Orthodontists generally provide a payment plan option that spreads payments throughout the treatment period for your convenience. Orthodontists will also help you determine what coverage you have through insurance plans.

Orthodontic coverage is often a separate benefit in a dental insurance contract with orthodontic coverage usually at 50% up to a certain lifetime maximum. You can contact your insurance company to confirm these details and most orthodontic offices will assist you in determining these details.

Once financial arrangements with your orthodontist have been made you will be provided with a Canadian Association of Orthodontists Certified Specialist in Orthodontics Form to be submitted to your insurance carrier.  The carrier will write to you directly about your coverage. When you make a payment to your orthodontist, you will receive a receipt from that office that you will submit along with one of your Dental Claim forms to your insurance company for reimbursement directly to you.

Please note:

  1. Orthodontic specialists do not accept assigned payment from insurance companies.
  2. It is not necessary for the orthodontic specialist to fill in the Dental Claim Form as no dental codes are required for orthodontic coverage.
  3. Only one “Certified Specialist in Orthodontics Standard Information Form” is necessary to predetermine benefits, and once approved, no other insurance forms are required from the orthodontic office.

Orthodontic treatment time can vary considerably depending on the nature of the malocclusion and the individual diagnosis and treatment plan.

In general, early interceptive treatment for 7 to 9 year olds will take approximately 8 to 12 months. Typical full braces or Invisalign for adolescents might take from 12 to 24 months with additional time required if there is an impacted tooth.

Typical full braces or Invisalign for adults might take from 12 to 24 months depending on the nature of the malocclusion. Please note that these times are approximate only and could be shorter in cases of very minor treatment and could be longer when other complicating factors are present.

When braces are first placed on the teeth there is a light force pushing on the teeth that can make the teeth ache after a few hours. This discomfort usually only lasts two or three days and then things settle down. It is advisable to eat soft foods for these first few days until the discomfort has settled down.

It is also a good idea to use a non-prescription pain reliever for these first few days such as Advil that you might normally use for a headache. Similar discomfort will likely occur following each adjustment when the archwire is changed or reshaped, so the same advice is recommended following adjustments. It should be noted that similar discomfort occurs with Invisalign (clear aligner) treatment as well and the same advice holds for this type of treatment.

Braces can also cause some abrasion to the inside surfaces of the lips and cheeks, which can cause some discomfort. An archwire can shift or turn and cause a wire poke into the lips or cheeks when can cause discomfort. The use of protective wax on the braces in sensitive areas or at pokey wires can be very helpful. Please check the section of this website about emergencies for more information.

Accelerated orthodontic treatment techniques including vibration and laser pulse techniques have been reported to reduce the discomfort of orthodontic pressure on teeth. Ask your orthodontist if these techniques might be advisable for your treatment.

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Do-it-yourself orthodontics is something you might come across when surfing the internet.

A few enterprising people have found a way to partially mimic clear aligner treatment without the help of a dentist or orthodontist.

Please think carefully before embarking on such a project. Without full diagnostic records including radiographs, photographs, models of the teeth and a full clinical examination as provided by a dentist or orthodontist, a proper diagnosis cannot be made and a safe and appropriate treatment plan cannot be set.

You could cause yourself harm in the process of attempting do-it-yourself orthodontics.

Smiledirectclub is an internet based orthodontic service for clear aligner treatment at a discount from typical Invisalign treatment fees. You must either go to a SmileShop for a digital scan of your teeth or smiledirectclub will send a home impression kit for you to take impressions of your teeth.

You must then arrange for your impressions or scan to be sent to smiledirectclub where they will be used to set up your teeth in alignment and a series of clear aligners is prepared and sent to you to be worn for treatment. Smiledirectclub states that a “dental professional” will review your impressions and do the set up of your teeth into alignment. This does not mean that a dentist or orthodontist is reviewing your impressions and setting up the teeth.

Without full diagnostic records including radiographs, photographs, models of your teeth and a full clinical examination as provided by a dentist or orthodontist, a proper diagnosis cannot be made and a safe and appropriate treatment plan cannot be set. There are a great variety of adjunctive techniques used by orthodontists during clear aligner treatment to ensure successful treatment. It is necessary for a patient to be seen regularly in a clinical setting to properly use all the required techniques for successful treatment.

Should anything go wrong with your treatment you may not even be aware of it and if you are aware that something is not going as desired, you may have little recourse. You could cause yourself harm in the process of having orthodontic treatment through smiledirectclub.

If you have a concern about your treatment or your child’s treatment by your orthodontist the first recourse would be to request a meeting with the orthodontists to candidly discuss your concerns. If this does not result in resolution of your concerns you can submit a complaint to the Alberta Dental Association and College. The contact information for the Alberta Dental Association and College is as follows:

The Alberta Dental Association and College
Suite 101, 8230 – 105 St
Edmonton, AB T6E 5H9

T. 780 432 1012
Toll free. 1 800 843 3848
www.abdentists.com
reception@adaandc.com