FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS...
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontic Treatment uses braces to reposition and straighten teeth. There are different types:-
Teeth can cause all sorts of problems, especially when they are coming through. They can be very crowded, get stuck between other teeth, be missing altogether…or be in the wrong place.
What are the benefits of having braces?
Straight teeth look great and help you smile with confidence. Orthodontics can improve function and make cleaning easier. This helps keep your teeth and gums healthy for life, provided you look after them.
How long will it take?
Orthodontic treatment can take from 6 months up to 2 years (occasionally longer to complete. During this time you will need to attend regularly for appointments (about every 6-8 weeks)
What do I need to do during treatment?
Once treatment has started it should be completed, otherwise you may be worse off, especially if teeth have been extracted. You also need to:
- Be seen regularly for adjustments
- Keep your appointments
- Look after your appliances
- Keep your teeth clean
- Avoid hard foods/sticky sweets
Discomfort is not unusual following appliance fit or after adjustments. Your orthodontist will explain how to manage this at the time.
Is it expensive?
Costs can vary depending on treatment options chosen, treatment time and complexity of the treatment. In house payment plans are available and set up so that you are paying in affordable monthly instalments.
What happens after treatment is finished?
Teeth have a tendency to move through-out life and so to help prevent unwanted movements after treatment, you will be given retainers. After a few months, retainer wear is usually only at night, (following your orthodontists instructions carefully) but if you wish to keep your teeth straight, you may need to wear your retainers for a long time.
Before agreeing to go ahead, it is important to understand the benefits and possible problems of orthodontic treatment. Having read this information, if you have any questions, or doubts, ask your Orthodontist to give you clear answers before agreeing to proceed