Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I get orthodontic treatment?
There are two good reasons: aesthetics and function. Having an attractive smile not only changes the way people see you — it enhances your own self-image as well. Orthodontic treatment also allows your teeth to function better and makes it easier to keep them clean, which can improve your overall health.
When should orthodontic treatment be started?
You're never too old to begin orthodontic treatment — but if you start at an earlier age, your problems may be easier to treat. Most dentist recommends that a child who may need orthodontic treatment should come in for a first visit around age seven.
Will I need to have any teeth extracted?
If your teeth are severely crowded (because your mouth is too small to properly accommodate all of them) — or if you have impacted teeth (teeth that are trapped beneath the gum line by other teeth) — then extraction may be necessary. In the case of younger patients, early treatment may make extraction unnecessary.
Does getting braces hurt?
Having braces put on is generally painless. Some people experience minor aches and pains in the first couple of days or so, as they adjust to wearing their appliances; periodic adjustments may sometimes cause soreness as well, though it typically lasts only a short time.
How long will treatment take?
It's different for each person, but generally the active stage of treatment (that is, wearing braces or other appliances) may take from 12-24 months. After that, a retainer is worn.
How often will I come in for an appointment?
It depends on what's being done, and how often you need to be monitored. During active treatment, you'll typically visit the office once every 3 to 4 weeks.
Will I wear a retainer when my braces come off?
Almost always, the answer is yes: If you don't wear a retainer, your teeth can rapidly shift out of position — and then all the effort put into your treatment is lost!
What are ceramic ( tooth coloured ) braces ?
Ceramic braces are made of translucent, clear material. They are less noticeable than metal braces and provide a more cosmetic and aesthetic appeal.