Frequently asked questions

What is an orthodontist?
This is a dentist who has graduated general dentistry and then graduated four years post-graduated training in orthodontics.Only the candidates who receive approval from the Ministry of Healthcare in Belgium have the right to wear the title'orthodontist'. They receive from RIZIV special identification number which ends with 7. The RIZIV-number 30808188007 belongs to the orthodontist P.Patarinska.

Are all braces the same?
With the Damon System, we don't just align teeth; we create beautiful smiles. Our treatment decisions are based on your individual smile, profile and other factors that will impact what you will look like in your 40s, 50s and beyond. The Damon System is designed to deliver results for a lifetime.

How long does treatment take?
Treatment with the Damon System is typically faster than conventional braces. As an added bonus, far fewer appointments are required during treatment.

When should my child be seen by an orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that your child should be seen by an orthodontist by the age of 7. Some children will need to be seen at an earlier age and usually your dentist or family physician will guide you. Early detection does not always mean early treatment. We will usually follow your child as they grow and develop and guide you on the appropriate time to begin orthodontic treatment.

Will I need permanent teeth removed?
With new technology, like the Damon System, we can unravel even severe crowding without permanent tooth extractions. The light force wires combined with the Damon System allow so many more options. Tooth extractions in our office are based on facial features while taking into consideration the long-term affects of your face as you age.

Will I need a palatal expander?
We do not need to use rapid palatal expanders with the Damon System. We can widen your arch using braces and the light force wires that are used during your orthodontic treatment.We do use some light force expanders for early treatment if a young patient has a crossbite.

Does it hurt to get braces on?
No, they are bonded directly to your teeth. (No shots or drilling!) Most patients experience some discomfort the first 3-5 days after their braces are put on. You can minimize discomfort by using Ibuprophen or Paracetamol.

Do you tighten my braces and will that hurt?
No, you will have wire changes with the Damon System, We don't tighten your braces. Most patients experience some discomfort the first 1-2 days after an adjustment is made.

What about my wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth do not normally interfere with orthodontic treatment. If they are bothering you we may recommend removal of them prior to orthodontic treatment. In many cases wisdom teeth can be removed before, during or after treatment but they usually do not interfere with orthodontic tooth movement.

Do I still need to see my dentist if I have braces on?
Yes, your dentist will follow you every six months for regular cleanings and check ups. Some patients are seen more often during orthodontic treatment, depending on the guidance of the dentist and/or orthodontist.

Will I still be able to play sports?
Yes, it is advised that patients protect their smiles by wearing a mouth guard when participating in any sports activity. We recommend that patients get their mouth guards from any local sports store. Guards that you can boil and bite seem to work best so they can be adjusted throughout treatment.

How long do I need to wear retainers?
Forever, or as long as you want straight teeth.

Do I need an appointment if something happens to my braces or can I just "stop by"?
You need to call the office if you have a problem with your braces to set up an appointment. We usually have same day emergency visits available and it is our goal to make sure you are comfortable.

What if I have a problem and you are not open?
In case of an EXTREME EMERGENCY, such as a trauma or injury, please call our office for instructions. We always have an assistant that is on call. Remember, true emergencies are rare.

What if my permanent retainer comes off?
Call the office to schedule an appointment to have it repaired. Continue to wear your removable clear retainers and make sure you save the wire if it comes out completely. Bring your retainer and/or the wire with you to your scheduled appointment. We charge minimal fees to repair permanent retainers and replacements; remember, we want you to have them.