What kind of training does Dr. Lee have?

Dr. Lee received a bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia. She then attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, a prestigious Ivy League institution, where she graduated valedictorian. She topped off her schooling by completing three additional years of specialty training to become an orthodontist at Columbia University in New York City. She is a certified specialist in orthodontics in both Canada and the United States.

Dr. Lee continues to hone her skills and is further certified to provide Invisalign and lingual braces treatment. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and a part-time clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia.

What is malocclusion?

Malocclusion is the technical term for an improper bite where the teeth aren’t aligned correctly. It can refer to various conditions including overjet, crossbite, underbite, crowding or spacing.

Why should I have my teeth straightened?

There are obviously cosmetic benefits to having your teeth straightened and when you look good, you usually feel good. It can improve the shape of your face, increase your confidence and bolster you self-esteem. However, a beautiful smile isn’t the only reason to have your teeth straightened. There are also health benefits including:

  • Improved oral hygiene because straight teeth are easier to clean
  • Reduced chance of abnormal tooth wear, which can eventually cause tooth loss due to damaged bones and gums
  • Less likelihood of injuring protruding teeth
  • Healthier gums
  • Easier chewing for good health
  • Reduces headaches and neck pain due to jaw misalignment
  • Prevents unwanted changes in skeletal growth in the case of a crossbite

Will delaying treatment have a negative impact on me?

You’re never too old for orthodontic treatment and we see plenty of adults in our office with great success. However, the earlier you treat issues the easier they will be to fix. In some cases, early intervention can prevent the need for surgery and tooth extraction.

At what age should a child visit an orthodontist?

The Canadian and American Association of Orthodontists suggest that children schedule their first visit to an orthodontist no later than age seven. Why? Because a preventative and proactive approach can allow problems to be uncovered before they become serious, enabling faster and easier treatment.

This doesn’t mean your child will walk out of the office with braces. Dr. Lee will examine their mouth and if nothing is amiss, she’ll monitor the child until the time is right for treatment.

Is there an age limit on braces?

Of course not! A beautiful smile is right for all ages. More and more adults are seeking braces treatment and they’re often a good candidate for esthetic options like clear braces, lingual brace and Invisalign.

Do I need a referral to see Dr. Lee?

No referral is necessary. Just call and schedule your complimentary consultation. Contact us here.

How much do braces cost?

The cost of braces varies by individual. It depends on a number of factors including how complex your case is, the duration of your treatment and the type of braces you decide upon. Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Lee and she’ll conduct a complimentary exam and give you a price on braces treatment. We keep your budget in mind and devise a financial plan. We offer in-office, no interest financing and a variety of payment options.

Does dental insurance cover braces?

If your dental insurance has Plan C this means it will cover a portion or all of your orthodontic treatment. Call your insurance company and be sure to ask about the percentage of coverage for orthodontic treatment as well as the lifetime limit. Our friendly staff can help you find out your coverage. Give us a call.

What happens when I get my braces put on?

While many patients are understandably nervous about the braces procedure, it’s painless. Dr. Lee will explain the process in detail at your consultation so you’ll know exactly what to expect.

The appointment to get your braces put on takes between 45 minutes and an hour and a half. Dr. Lee kicks it off by polishing your teeth followed by applying a solution that gets them ready for the adhesive. When the adhesive is placed on the teeth, Dr. Lee then attaches the brackets, inserts the wire and you’re good to go. She’ll give you instructions and information for caring for your new braces before you leave.

What happens when I get my braces removed?

You made it! We’ll congratulate you and then remove the brackets and wire using special tools. After, we polish and clean your teeth and you can admire you brand new smile.

Why do I need to wear a retainer?

It takes a while for the bone and tissues surrounding your teeth to settle into their new positions and a retainer is necessary to keep your bite stabilized and maintain all of the hard work of braces. If you don’t wear a retainer, your teeth may go back to the way they were. You’ll be so in love with your perfect smile, wearing a retainer to keep it that way won’t seem like a huge deal. Dr. Lee will give you instructions for wearing your retainer.

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Braces Procedure

Have no fear! The braces procedure is actually painless and straightforward.

First Visit

Your first appointment with Dr. Lee will last between 30 and 45 minutes. When you arrive at our office, you’ll be greeted by our friendly staff.