Early Treatment FAQ

For many children, achieving good oral health means wearing braces to properly align the teeth and/or jaw. If you’re a parent who’s been told that your child could benefit from early orthodontic treatment, you probably have some questions. But don’t worry, we’re here to help!

The team at City Orthodontics has answered the most commonly asked questions about the Greater Toronto Area early treatment we provide to kids of all ages.


1. How can I tell if my child needs braces?

Your family dentist can tell you if your child should be seen by a Toronto children’s orthodontist if they spot any irregularities in your child’s bite. But it’s also a good idea to schedule an early orthodontic evaluation for your child at around the age of 7. This way, your orthodontist can thoroughly evaluate your child’s teeth and bite to spot any problems your dentist may have missed.

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2. Do I have to get a referral from my family dentist before I can schedule an appointment with a Toronto children’s orthodontist?

No, you don’t. While we do get referrals from family dentists, many parents take the initiative themselves to schedule their children’s first appointments at our office.

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3. Can my child start early treatment even if he or she still has some baby teeth?

Yes. There are some orthodontic problems that are significant enough to warrant early orthodontic treatment even if there are still baby teeth left. However, if you’re told that it’s not quite time for treatment yet, we’ll follow up on your child’s growth and development until the time is right to start early treatment.

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4. Will my child need to have teeth extracted before getting braces?

Removing teeth is sometimes required if there is not enough space available to move the teeth with braces or if primary teeth are not allowing permanent teeth to erupt . During your child’s first visit to our office, we’ll let you know if any teeth need to be removed before treatment starts.

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5. What type of GTA children’s braces does your practice use?

We treat our youngest patients using the same metal braces that we use on older patients, made of durable stainless steel. These modern braces are smaller, more comfortable, and more attractive than the metal braces used in the past.

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6. Will braces hurt My Child?

Braces do cause some discomfort, especially at the start of treatment and following the adjustment appointments. However, this pain only lasts for a few days and most kids get used to feeling the tightness and pressure on their teeth.

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7. How often will I need to bring my child into your office once the braces are on?

We’ll need to see your child every four to eight weeks during treatment so we can make adjustments to the archwire on your child’s braces as his/her teeth move. We’ll also check your child’s progress to make sure the treatment is moving along as it should. These visits typically only last a few minutes, so they shouldn’t cause any significant disruptions to your schedule.

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8. How long will my child need to wear braces?

That depends on the severity of the problem being treated. Generally speaking, most children wear braces from one to three years. Once your child’s braces come off, he or she will begin the retention phase of treatment. This is when we’ll give your child a custom-made retainer to wear that’s designed to hold his or her teeth in their new positions.

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Schedule an Appointment for Your Child Today!

We hope this information has helped answer some of your questions about early orthodontic treatment. If you’re ready to visit our office to find out if your child can benefit from early treatment, please give us a call at 416-222-3223 or contact us online to request an appointment. We’re looking forward to your visit and making you and your child a part of the City Orthodontics family!