My frequently asked questions

As each case is different and each instance would have its own personalized treatment, the rates vary from one patient to another.

At Dr. Ellouze's clinic, we only determine the price of your treatment after your second appointment. With the information gathered during the second consultation, Dr. Ellouze can, at your third visit, put forward a treatment and assess its duration and cost.

It is important to understand the different types of costs:

  • costs related to consultation, x-rays and dental impressions
  • costs related to the doctor's fees
  • costs related to the dental material used in the patient's mouth (depending on the type of appliances).
  • costs related to procedures that may be required during the treatment and that have not been included in the original treatment strategy.
  • costs related to follow-up consultations during passive treatment

A financing plan will be presented to you according to your personal preferences. It is also possible to be partially reimbursed by your private insurance.

In Tunisia, the National Social Security Fund (CNSS) reimburses your medical expenses up to 337 dinars per year. Private insurances are more generous in terms of reimbursement, contact your insurance company to find out more.

Some treatments require extractions, but this is becoming increasingly rare. The new methods and technologies used today often make it possible to avoid this and guarantee good results.

The dental chair sessions are not very painful. However, your teeth may remain sensitive for a few days after each appointment. You can soothe this pain with painkillers prescribed by your orthodontist and with a diet adapted to the sensitivity of your teeth.

Each case is unique and each patient has an individualized assessment of the duration of their treatment. However, Dr. Ellouze is committed to not exceeding 18 months of treatment for most cases. This is of course dependent on the patient's adherence to appointments.

The best treatment is the one recommended by your orthodontist. Dr. Ellouze takes time to carefully design a treatment strategy adapted to each case. And while he will guide you based on his diagnosis, he will leave it up to you to choose the type of braces used: metal or ceramic, visible or invisible.

At Dr. Ellouze's clinic, we treat each patient individually and place great importance on diagnostic analysis and comprehensive treatment planning. This is what sets us apart.

Skander Ellouze's main concern is to keep your facial balance. Each smile is unique to him. It must be seamless with the rest of your face. In order to achieve this, Dr. Ellouze develops a treatment strategy that is specific to your case and which combines several techniques.

Dr. Ellouze is also known for his expertise in TADS orthodontics. This innovative and daring method allows us to obtain results that would be otherwise impossible with conventional dental anchors. It is important to note that mini-screws are reserved for adult treatments.

No. The age range of 7-8 has become the "classic" age for visits to the orthodontist. It is also the age for functional education and orthopedic corrections. Most often, this is the right age for a first consultation. Nevertheless, parents sometimes regret not having had a consultation earlier.

It depends. Often, the alignment of the upper and lower teeth are related. In this case, we must act on both jaws to obtain a beautiful harmonious result. In all cases, you must consult your orthodontist to get a definitive answer on your particular case.

Orthodontic treatments can take a long time. The relationship you will have with your orthodontist will be a long-term commitment. Therefore, you should feel comfortable and at ease with him/her. Ask questions, listen to yourself and check out their experience, it's the key to making the right choice.

Dr. Ellouze's reputation is well established: he is a renowned expert in the field and his experience is recognized by his peers. He is attentive to your needs and, above all, for him, each patient and each smile are unique. He takes the time to develop the right treatment for each and every patient.

It is possible to have a successful orthodontic treatment even if you have crowns or implants. Consult Dr. Ellouze to learn more.

No. You can not speed up your treatment by wearing twice as many elastics. Furthermore, you may cause your teeth to move in the wrong direction.

Yes, it's best to avoid chewing gum and eating caramel. We also strongly recommend that you avoid biting directly into something hard like an apple or a sandwich. It is better to cut your food into bite-sized pieces.

No. Your braces will not set off any metal detectors.

Here's our advice:

  1. If your child wants to suck on his thumb, you should give him a physiological pacifier instead. It can always be taken away eventually, much easier than a thumb.
  2. Monitor your child's eating, swallowing and speaking.
  3. Biting or sucking on the lips, impaired lingual function or poor swallowing habits can lead to malpositioned dental arches and speech impediments.
    1. Persistent mouth breathing may lead you to consult an ear, nose and throat specialist (ENT).
    2. Regularly check the development of " milk " and permanent teeth, especially the first molars that come in around age 6. Sucking on a finger may cause a "gap" - the lower teeth do not come into contact with the upper teeth when the mouth is closed.
    3. Monitor your child's clenching of the teeth. If you notice a mismatch between the arches, consult your dentofacial specialist to avoid complications that could lead to surgical intervention.
    4. If the mouth is at an angle when teeth are in contact, it is referred to as a " cross-bite ", or a deviation of the lower jaw. Such a distortion can cause joint troubles and pain in adulthood.
  4. The guidance of a qualified dentofacial orthopedic specialist is always helpful: early treatment may be necessary and may suffice for the teeth to develop with no significant complications.

It is best to consult an orthodontist when your teenager is between 12 and 14 years old, when he or she may not yet have second molars and when you have concerns, because:

  • The front teeth are moving further apart or are not aligned.
  • Both jaws pull away from each other.
  • The front teeth overlap increasingly.
  • Baby teeth have fallen out and the corresponding permanent teeth are not growing in.
  • The canines are pushing in a high and forward position.
  • The lower jaw seems to shift to the side creating an asymmetrical appearance.
  • There is a gap between the two jaws.
  • He/she constantly breathes through the mouth, snores at night, is often tired, and has frequent rhinopharyngitis, bronchitis, angina or ear infections.
  • He/she swallows without chewing or only likes to eat mushy foods.
  • He/she has the same dental conditions that runs in your family.

If you observe one or more of these symptoms, do not hesitate to schedule a consultation with Dr. Skander Ellouze's office by calling 00216 750 230 or 00216 50 740 230