Dr. Brenda Chekay of Uptown Orthodontics in Oakville, Ontario


When it comes to getting braces, processes and options may differ depending on a patient’s age. Whether you’re an adult or adolescent, or if you’re considering braces for a younger child, have a look at your own category to get a sense of the circumstances and solutions that may be right for you. And remember – whatever your age, at Uptown you can count on excellent individualized treatment that addresses your own unique needs and circumstances.

Straight Facts

Do braces hurt?

The placement of brackets on your teeth does not hurt. However, you may begin to feel some discomfort a few hours after your appointment. Your lips and teeth may need a week or so to get used to the braces on your teeth.

How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?

At a minimum, brush twice a day. Ideally, brush after every meal.

Will I need to see my family dentist while I have braces?

Absolutely. We encourage you to see your dentist for hygiene appointments more frequently while you are in braces. We do not clean our patients’ teeth when they come for visits; we simply adjust their brackets or wires and make sure their teeth are moving correctly.

Will needles be involved?

There are no needles, ever!

How will braces affect which foods I can eat?

To keep your braces and your teeth in good shape, avoid foods that are hard, sweet, or sticky foods. Hard foods like nuts, ice, and raw carrots can bend or break braces, while sticky foods such as peanut brittle can pull braces apart. Also, try to minimize your intake of sugar – this will help prevent the development of cavities while your braces are on.

Will I need a retainer?

Yes – a retainer helps ensure that your teeth don’t shift back to their original positions. When your braces are first removed, you’ll wear your retainer day and night for a while. In time, your use of the retainer will become less frequent.

How are payments handled?

We have flexible payment plans. We’re happy to work with you to find an option that works best for you.

How are emergencies handled?

It’s rare to have a true orthodontic emergency. If one does occur, please call to let us know. In most cases, we can provide you with the tools and knowledge to temporarily manage most problems yourself. We will schedule any necessary appointments for you.

Of course, some questions just don’t have one-size-fits-all answers! Here are just a few of the questions we can discuss during your initial consultation and diagnosis – free of charge.

  • How long will my treatment take?
  • How much will it cost?
  • Can you help me with my painful jaw muscles and jaw joints?
  • I have missing teeth and/or crowns – can I still get braces?
  • Will I have to have any teeth removed to get braces?
  • How many appointments will I need?
  • How does my insurance work?

Frequently asked questions

Here are some common questions regarding orthodontic treatment. Do you have questions regarding your own situation? Come in for a complementary consultation! And remember to check our Office Policies section for non-treatment related questions.