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Braces are often a hard concept to understand and can come with a lot of worry. In light of this, we have put together some frequently asked questions that will inform and relieve your worry.

Our FAQs

  • What happens during a typical visit to the orthodontist?
    During a typical visit to the orthodontist, the dentist will examine the patient's teeth, jaws, and bite, take x-rays, and possibly take impressions to make models of the patient's teeth. Based on this information, the orthodontist will develop a treatment plan, which may involve the use of braces.
  • Can braces be used to correct jaw problems?
    Yes, braces can be used to correct jaw problems, such as underbites and overbites, by realigning the jaws and teeth.
  • Do braces hurt?
    Putting the braces on do not hurt. There is usually a delayed onset of pain which start four to five hours after the braces are placed, this ache is very similar to a muscle ache after a long run or workout. How painful it will be will vary widely between different people, some ibuprofen (nurofen) and/or paracetamol (panadol) will help ease the pain, along with soft foods. The pain should start to subside after two or three days and should be back to normal within two weeks.
  • How much do braces cost?
    The cost of braces varies depending on the type of braces, the duration of treatment, and the location of the orthodontist, but it can range from a few thousand dollars to several thousand dollars.
  • What happens after the braces are removed?
    After the braces are removed, the patient will need to wear a retainer to maintain the newly aligned teeth. The frequency and duration of wearing the retainer will be determined by the orthodontist based on the patient's individual case.
  • What's the best age to see an orthodontist?
    What's the best age to see an orthodontist? Any age can be a great time to visit the orthodontist, the youngest is probably around seven, but everyone is different! Usually we would wait until children have all their adult teeth before doing braces (usually around the age of 13) but there are some treatment which is better provided when the children are younger. We are happy to see patients of all ages and if no treatment is required at that age, we can provide some advice on when the best age to come back would be.
  • What can patients expect during the treatment with braces?
    During the treatment with braces, patients can expect some discomfort and soreness, especially after each adjustment. They may also need to follow a specific diet to avoid foods that can damage the braces. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are also necessary to maintain good oral health.
  • Is there an age limit for getting braces?
    There is no age limit for getting braces, but it is best to get an evaluation from an orthodontist as early as possible to determine if orthodontic treatment is necessary.
  • Can braces be removed before the treatment is complete?
    Braces can be removed before the treatment is complete, but this is usually not recommended as it can result in the teeth moving back to their original position. The orthodontist will determine the best time to remove the braces based on the patient's individual needs and progress.
  • How can patients care for their braces and teeth while undergoing treatment?
    Patients can care for their braces and teeth by brushing and flossing regularly, avoiding hard, sticky, and sugary foods, and visiting the orthodontist and dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings. Proper dental hygiene is essential to ensure the best results from the treatment with braces.
  • What is an Orthodontist?
    An Orthodontist is a dentist who has undergone further training (usually in the form of a postgraduate master or doctorate degree) to specialize in providing orthodontic treatment. An Orthodontist specializes in providing orthodontic treatment such as braces to align the teeth and bite to match the facial features.
  • What are retainers?
    Retainers are used at the end of your orthodontic treatment to hold your teeth in their new position. They usually come in two forms; a glued in wire; and a removal clear plastic mouthguard like retainer. It is important to wear your retainers for life, as teeth can still move regardless of how long since you've had your braces off.
  • How does orthodontic treatment compare to other cosmetic procedures, such as veneers or implants?
    Orthodontic treatment and cosmetic procedures, such as veneers or implants, serve different purposes and offer different benefits. Orthodontic treatment focuses on correcting dental and jaw irregularities for improved oral health, while cosmetic procedures focus on enhancing the appearance of the teeth. It is best to discuss the options with an orthodontist and a dentist to determine the best course of action.
  • Can braces cause permanent damage to the teeth or gums?
    Braces themselves do not cause permanent damage to the teeth or gums, but if proper dental hygiene is not maintained, it can result in tooth decay or gum disease.
  • Are there alternatives to traditional metal braces?
    Yes, there are alternatives to traditional metal braces, such as clear or ceramic braces, lingual braces, and Invisalign. Each option has its own benefits and limitations, and the best choice will depend on the individual case and personal preference. It is best to discuss the options with an orthodontist to determine the best course of action.
  • Are there any risks or side effects of braces?
    Braces can cause some temporary discomfort, such as soreness and pressure in the mouth, as well as some risks, such as tooth decay, gum disease, and oral ulcers. However, these risks can be managed with proper dental hygiene and regular dental check-ups.
  • How often do patients need to visit the orthodontist while wearing braces?
    Patients typically need to visit the orthodontist every 4 to 8 weeks while wearing braces to have the braces adjusted and to check the progress of the treatment.
  • If I have braces, do I still need to se my dentist for check ups?
    Yes, absolutely. Decay can be difficult to detect with the naked eye so it is important to still see your general dentist regularly for check ups to catch any decay early so that they can be treated.
  • How long do I have to have braces for?
    This well vary widely between people, on average, braces stay on for two years.
  • Can patients with braces still play sports?
    Yes, patients with braces can still play sports, but they may need to wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth and braces.
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