Q Can anybody be treated using Orthodontic braces?
ANSWER: Almost anyone and at any age too. However, Orthodontics is most successful when carried out in children whose teeth and bones are still actively growing. Ages vary between 7 years & 70!
Q What will happen at the first appointment?
ANSWER: The first appointment will take approximately 60 minutes. At this stage we will use the time to assess your problems, take dental records which includes dental study models, photographs and radiogragphs (x-rays). We then discuss the Orthodontic treatment plan that will be necessary and the optimum time to start treatment. We will also take into account your own concerns, your dental development and your oral hygiene. Patients who are not ready to start treatment will be reviewed at a later date.
Q How do you carry out Orthodontic treatment?
ANSWER: Orthodontic treatment involves wearing a brace (appliance) that is specially made for you. Depending on the type, the appliance can move your teeth into position; guide the way your jaw grows, or even widen your jaw to make room for crowded teeth. on some occassions, it might be necessary to extract some teeth if your mouth is very crowded.
Q What are the different types of Orthodontic braces?
ANSWER: There are several types of Orthodontic braces, fixed, clear and removable. Different combinations of braces may be used to treat individual cases. Removable braces are used for simple treatment, and work by exerting gentle pressure. Fixed braces give more precise guidance and have brackets and bands temporarily attached to the teeth.
Q Will my teeth be sore?
ANSWER: Not when the brace is being fitted. A few hours after fitting your brace your teeth may well feel tender and sore. This discomfort may last for three to four days and a mild analgesic, such as paracetamol, may be necessary.
Q How long will treatment take?
ANSWER: This depends on your age and your bite problem. Some people need to wear their brace for as little as six months and others for about two years, but you can make a difference by looking after and wearing your braces properly. Broken braces and missed appointments will slow your treatment down.
Q How often will I need to visit the Orthodontist?
ANSWER: Generally your brace will need adjusting every 6 to 8 weeks.
Q Do I need to wear a retainer after my treatment is completed?
ANSWER: Yes, after any type of Orthodontic treatment a retainer will be provided. This has to be worn for an indefinite period to prevent any relapse. You will be advised by your Orthodontist as to which is suitable for you.