Braces FAQs

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Q: How do braces work?

A: Braces use brackets and wires to place gentle and continuous pressure to gradually move teeth into their proper positions. The brackets are glued onto your teeth and when the wire is placed into the brackets, the wire tries to return to its original shape, thereby moving the teeth into more ideal position.

A: Yes! If you are getting so-called traditional or metal braces or even clear braces, you will be able to select from a wide variety of colours for the elastics that go around your brackets.

A: Should your case warrant it, you might want to ask your orthodontist about Invisalign, or invisible aligners. Clear braces are another option to lessen the visibility of braces; they blend in with the teeth for a more natural effect. Talk with Dr. Williams and the team at South Surrey Smiles about less visible treatment options that will help you reach your treatment goals, or visit our Braces page for details.

A: No, not at all. The way we place the braces in our office is easy for the patient. We use a special technique called “Indirect Bonding” where we set up your braces before you even get to your appointment! Using models of your teeth, we are able to very accurately place the braces and have them ready prior to your bonding appointment. Having your braces placed will be quick and easy! It is also extremely accurate helping to minimize your time in treatment! Our clinical team is also specially trained and very gentle – they care!

A: Yes you can play sports. Make sure you wear a protective mouthguard. Ask your orthodontist to recommend the right kind of mouthguard while you are having orthodontic treatment. To keep your smile beautiful after treatment and wear a mouthguard at every practice and every game.

For musical instruments, with practice and a period of adjustment, braces typically do not interfere with the playing of wind or brass instruments.

A: A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health, happiness and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. No patient is “too old” to wear braces!