Orthodontics » FAQs
Are you thinking about orthodontic treatment? Here are some questions you may like answered first:
What is orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment involves wearing either a fixed or removable brace which aims to straighten the teeth, improve your smile and bite. It may involve the extraction of teeth or reshaping the teeth.
When should I see an Orthodontist?
It's never too early and rarely too late. We generally recommend that Children (even as young as 7 years of age) are assessed for potential problems thus minimising complicated treatment in the long-term.
Many adults are keen to improve their smile or correct their bite and Orthodontic treatment can achieve significant cosmetic improvements without the need for more destructive procedures, resulting in a naturally beautiful and healthy looking smile.
What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment?
- Correcting dental crowding and straightening the teeth. If your teeth are less crowded, you are likely to clean your teeth more efficiently. In some cases the improved bite and more balanced positioning of teeth can also prolong their lifespan and contribute to improved gum health. This means you will be less susceptible to gum disease.
- Correction or realignment of the bite so that the front and back teeth meet evenly and comfortably.
- Reducing the risk of potential damage to prominent teeth. (There is a higher incidence of trauma to front teeth that are prominent)
- Improvement of your appearance including your smile. Our smile is a big part of our identity, how we feel about ourselves and how others perceive us. In this area Orthodontics can have a subtle but truly profound effect on your confidence.
How long will treatment take?
Orthodontic treatment can vary from 6 months to 2 years depending on the complexity of the case and what needs to be corrected. Regular visits for adjustments are usually 4- 8 weeks apart. Following the completion of your treatment, you will be fitted with fixed and/or clear removable retainers to help prevent your teeth from moving back towards their original position.
How will it feel when I have my brace fitted?
You will feel the brace in your mouth & it may feel a little strange to begin with. Don't worry, most of our patients feel like this. After a short period you will become accustomed to the sensation of having a brace in your mouth & it will feel quite normal to you.
I am embarrassed about how it will look and that I will feel embarrassed to smile. What do other patients say?
You needn't worry about how your brace will look to your friends & family. They, like you, will soon get used to it & it will become part of your familiar features quickly.
What can I expect with braces?
The braces can cause ulcers which can be relieved with ulcer preparations, wax or Brace Eze. It is painless to fit a brace but there may be some discomfort for a few days due to the pressure on your teeth. This can be relieved with pain killers.
Will the wires rub on my gum and tongue?
Occasionally some patients experienced slight discomfort. We advise all patients to let the practice team know if there is any discomfort as usually a small adjustment or trimming of the wire will help.
Is there anything that I will need to do during my orthodontic treatment?
Follow the advice you are given by your Orthodontist such as brushing your teeth 2-3 times a day using fluoride-containing toothpaste. You should also use an alcohol-free fluoride containing mouthwash and avoid snacking on sugary and acidic food/drinks. It is also important that you continue to see your regular dentist throughout your orthodontic treatment.
Are there any benefits of having orthodontic treatment privately?
Private orthodontic treatment can be started straight away and appointments can be tailored around school or work commitments. You can also choose the type of appliance you would like depending on your treatment needs. Following your initial consultation, a report will be sent to you highlighting the treatment plan and the cost of your treatment. Several payment plans are available to suit your needs, which we are always happy to discuss.
What do I do next?
If you feel that this information is relevant to you, please speak to your dentist or call us.