Dentistry is the known evaluation, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders and conditions of the soft and hard tissues of the jaw (mandible), the oral cavity, maxillofacial area and the adjacent.
An Interview with Dr. Andrew F. Thompson on Braces
Dr. Andrew F. Thompson is an orthodontist and has answered some of the common questions Bizymoms visitors have about Braces.
Q. Can one be too old for braces?
A. No one is ever too old to improve their smile! Our patients are as young as 8 and as old at 70 plus.
Q. Can one get braces just on the top or bottom?
A. Generally we treat both upper and lower teeth, however, on some occasions the patient only requires orthodontic therapy on one arch.
Q. When will one begin to see changes in his/her teeth after the braces are put on?
A. Patients will see small changes in their smile within a couple of months of starting treatment.
Q. Will one need to have teeth extracted for braces?
A. The Damon System (www.damonbraces.com) we use allows us to treat almost all cases without any extractions. The system will widen the dental arch to accommodate all teeth.
Q. How long will it take to complete the treatment?
A. Orthodontic therapy can usually be completed in a time frame of 9-24 months depending on the complexity of the case.
Q. Are there food one cannot eat while having braces?
A. There are a few foods that can be difficult to manage with braces. Our clinical team will review these items with the patients and parents when the braces are placed.
Q. How much do braces cost?
A. The fee for orthodontic therapy is determined by the complexity of the case and ranges from $6,000.00 to $8,000.00. The more expensive cases are those requiring orthognathic surgery or with TMJ involvement.
Q. How to contact Dr. Thompson if we have further questions?
A. Appointments can be booked by calling Mel in our Halifax office at (902) 422-5454.