Bücco - Guide ortho

Frequently asked questions
by our patients

Dr. Zilio will be pleased to inform you about the orthodontic treatments he offers. Schedule an appointment with him now, either at the clinic in Rivière-des-Prairies, Montreal-Nord or Repentigny.

Before initiating an orthodontic treatment, it is natural to have questions. Here are the most frequently asked questions of our patients, and the responses of our team.

We advise everybody to consult them before a first visit, in order to have a fair understanding of what it means to follow an orthodontic treatment.

  • What is an orthodontist?
    In the same way that a cardiologist is a physician specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of the heart, the orthodontist is a dentist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders that affect teeth and jaws, also known as malocclusion problems.
    Still following this example, as a cardiologist must take his medical training before becoming a specialist, an orthodontist must first complete his 5-year dental education before specializing in orthodontics.
    This specialization requires 3 years of additional studies to obtain a diploma, in order to be recognized as a certified orthodontist.
  • Can a dentist offer orthodontic treatments?
    A dentist may perform some orthodontic treatments.
    However, it is important to remember that because of his training, his expertise and the fact that he devotes himself solely to the practice of orthodontics for all his patients, an orthodontist remains the person of choice to perform such treatments.
    It is for this reason that the Ordre des Dentistes du Québec awards a specialist diploma to orthodontists so that the public can recognize the qualifications that are unique to it.
  • How does a first consultation in orthodontics take place?
    For full details on initial visits, please refer to the First Visit section of our website.
    In a nutshell, during this first consultation, you will be informed of the nature of your problem, the possible solutions, the treatment options to resolve it, as well as the orthodontic appliances that will be used to get there.
    It will also be an opportunity to discuss with you the terms of payment as well as your insurance, if you have any.
  • Do my insurance cover orthodontic treatments?
    The best way to get an answer to this question is to contact the company responsible for your dental insurance plan directly.
    By having your police number in hand, they will tell you if you are covered for orthodontic treatments or not.
    During your first visit, we will be able to discuss the payment terms and provide you with an estimate of the costs associated with your treatment plan, which you can send to your insurance company.
    Once you have received confirmation of your coverage, you will be able to undertake your treatment with confidence and knowing that you will be reimbursed for a portion of the costs.
  • What are the payment methods?
    Most orthodontic treatments are spread over several months.
    This is also the case for payments, which are spread over the duration of the processing.
    Generally, you will have two more important appointments at the beginning of the event, followed by periodic visits.
    For this reason, you will have to pay more money at the beginning of your treatment, which will be representative of the work performed during these first two appointments.
    Subsequently, the balance of the total amount will be divided into monthly payments, spread over the estimated treatment time.
    We always e-mail you the receipts for your claims, as well as an annual tax receipt.
  • What should I do to ensure that my treatment is successful?
    It is important to adopt good habits during orthodontic treatment, in order to put all the chances on your side for it to be successful.
    First, it is very important that you follow your orthodontist's instructions, which is called COOPERATION.
    This will promote faster and more efficient treatment.
    Then, following the correct HYGIENE rules is equally important, which one will never repeat enough.
    This helps avoid unpleasant surprises that can delay treatment, such as dental cavities, gum disease, or spots on the teeth.
    Third, you should be vigilant in your EATING HABITS avoiding eating certain foods that may damage your orthodontic appliances.
    This way, you will minimize the number of emergency appointments and make sure that your treatment will take no longer than expected.
    Finally, you must RESPECT YOUR APPOINTMENTS.
    Indeed, when they are scheduled, you expect your orthodontist to be present, so he expects the same from you in return.
    Unfortunately, too many patients cancel their appointments without notifying us 24 hours in advance.
    This causes many problems and complicates the task when it comes to respecting the planning of your treatment.
  • What happens if my retainer or my braces break?
    If such an incident occurs, it is important that you contact us promptly.
    Our secretary can then arrange with you an appointment as soon as possible, so that your treatment is not delayed.
    If you have more questions, please see the video we prepared to answer them.
  • Should I continue to see my dentist during my orthodontic treatment?
    Even if your orthodontist is trained in general dentistry, when you visit him, he will focus on offering orthodontic treatments to help you correct problems with your alignment and occlusion.
    Therefore, it is essential that you continue to visit your dentist once or twice a year so that he can ensure proper follow-up of your oral health.
    He will then be able to detect a problem at the source, in order to resolve it before it does harm to your mouth and your teeth.
  • Do you need to be referred by a dentist to see an orthodontist?
    Contrary to what many people think, the answer is NO! If you would like to get professional advice on the orthodontic condition of your children, your teenagers or for yourself, do not hesitate to contact us.
    You can do this directly by phone or email, by filling out the contact form on our website.
    We recommend that you consult an orthodontist with your child when he/she is about 7 years old.
    This makes it possible to know the current situation as to the formation of its teeth and jaws, in order to quickly detect a problem before it evolves to a more advanced stage.
  • Can I have an orthodontic treatment even if I am an adult?
    There is a tendency to believe that orthodontic treatments are reserved for children and adolescents, simply because it is more common to see this age group with a device or with braces.
    However, more and more adults in Quebec decide to undergo orthodontic treatment, either to improve the appearance of their smile or to resolve other oral health problems.
    By following an orthodontic treatment, many adults end up with a smile they never thought they would be able to display.
    Righter teeth are synonymous with healthier teeth, and healthy teeth are easier to maintain even as they age.
    To learn more, visit the Adult Treatment section.


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Repentigny (Québec) J6A 2T6

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