FAQs

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Why do I have to wear a retainer?

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Your body is still growing sometimes well into your twenties so retention of your newly straightened teeth is essential. Your orthodontist will discuss with you how long you should wear your retainer.

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Do I still need to visit my normal dentist?

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Yes! We recommend regular six monthly visits to your general dentist, especially while you have braces. Your dentist and orthodontist will liaise to provide optional oral health outcome.

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What if I play sports that require a mouthguard?

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You can still play, however, we highly recommend a mouthguard which will accommodate your braces, particularly in contact sports.

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What if I get ulcers next to my braces?

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We recommend warm saltwater rinses to firm your soft tissues against the rubbing of the brackets. We also provide wax that you can mould around individual brackets. Eventually your mouth will adapt to the braces so you will no longer need the saltwater or wax.

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What if a wire/bracket breaks?

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This is usually not a major issue however please call us so we can determine whether it needs immediate attention or if it can wait until your next scheduled appointment.

If you arrive to your appointment with a broken bracket we will try to treat you but there may be a wait involved so as not to delay regular scheduled visits.

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Will it affect my speech?

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Traditional braces should not affect your speech, however some appliances may get in the way of your tongue. This will require a few days for adaptation to allow speech to return to normal.

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How do I keep my teeth clean with braces?

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We advise brushing for 5 minutes, 3 times a day (following each major meal), with flossing at least once daily using superfloss or interdental brushes as per your orthodontist’s instructions.

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What is an orthodontist ?

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An orthodontist is a registered dental specialist who has undergone an additional 3 years of accredited post-graduate training. An orthodontist works on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.

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When should I visit the orthodontist?

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Usually between the ages of 7-9 years but this is only a guide. You may be referred earlier or later by your general dentist for early intervention or diagnosis of dental or skeletal problems.

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Who can have braces?

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There is no age limit to braces. The traditional age for braces are in early teens, which is primarily due to the bone growth occurring at this age. However, adults can have successful orthodontic treatment with appropriate treatment planning and expectations.

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How long does treatment take?

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This depends on the severity of the problem and the treatment objectives. Treatment with functional appliances or aligners may take between 6 and 24 months, while traditional braces are anywhere between 18-30 months.

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How much will it cost?

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The cost is dependent on many factors including treatment severity, whether it includes one or both arches and which appliance is used. Your orthodontist will provide detailed quotations at your discussion visit.

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Does having braces hurt?

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No. However, you may experience slight discomfort in the 1-2 days following the initial placement of braces or after a major wire change.

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Will I need teeth taken out?

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Sometimes teeth may need to be removed in order to make space for an optimal occlusion. Modern orthodontics has allowed us to minimalise the need for tooth extractions where possible.

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What about eating?

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We recommend a soft diet for the first few days after initial placement of your braces, however following this eating should not cause pain. We advise you to avoid extra hard or risky food to avoid bracket breakages. Hard foods that you need to cut up smaller prior to eating include corn on the cob, meat off the bone (t-bone, etc), apples and carrots.