Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS ORTHODONTICS?
Orthodontics is a specialist arm of the dental industry which deals with the correct alignment of teeth, jaws, and facial structures. Orthodontic treatments includes Invisalign aligners, braces, and other dental appliances which are used to move teeth into the ideal position to enhance patients’ smile and improve their oral health.
HOW DO I KNOW IF ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Most people can find out if their teeth or jaw is not aligned correctly simply by looking in the mirror and biting their teeth together. If you have gaps between your teeth, an overbite or underbite, crooked teeth, or your teeth don’t meet when you bite, you can certainly take advantage of orthodontic treatment to enhance your smile and improve your oral health. All you need to do is book a free initial consultationat ourclinic and our orthodontistwill examine you and offer advice regarding the best treatment options.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DENTIST AND AN ORTHODONTIST?
Orthodontists are essentially dentists that have also completed a three-year post-graduate degree in orthodontics. While some orthodontists are also qualified dentists, no dentists are qualified to practice orthodontics.
DOES ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT HURT?
Orthodontic treatment doesn’t necessarily hurt, however there is some mild discomfort involved when you begin treatment as your Invisalign aligners or braces work to move your teeth into the desired position. Over-the-counter pain medication is typically all that’s needed to reduce any discomfort during the first few days of treatment.
HOW MUCH DOES ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT COST?
Generally speaking, the cost and length of orthodontic treatment really depends on the complexity of your condition. When we initially examine you at your free consultation, we will assess your individual requirements and treatment needs and offer a no-obligation quote for treatment.
HOW LONG DOES ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT LAST?
Similar to the costs, the treatment times for orthodontic treatment is dependent on the complexity of your condition, however most patients can expect to wear Invisalign aligners or braces for between one and two years. If you only have a mild condition and qualify for Invisalign Express, most patients will finish treatment in between three and six months.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TRADITIONAL BRACES AND INVISALIGN ALIGNERS?
Traditional braces consist of small metal brackets which are fixed to the surface of your teeth and held in place with an archwire. To continue the tooth movement process, the archwire is routinely tightened until your teeth are in the ideal position. On the contrary, Invisalign aligners use a series of clear, removable aligners which resemble a super thin mouthguard. Rather than tightening the archwire, each set of aligners are replaced every week or two to continue the tooth movement process until your teeth are in the desired position. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible to people around you and offer a more comfortable and discreet treatment option.
WHAT IS THE MOST UNOBTRUSIVE FORM OF ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?
If you’re worried about your appearance when undergoing orthodontic treatment then Invisalign aligners will be the best option. Not only are they virtually invisible to other people, but they can be easily removed if you have an important meeting or function you need to attend. Most patients’ undertaking Invisalign treatment find this to be the biggest advantage over traditional braces.
HOW WILL ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT AFFECT MY SPEECH?
Most patients find that their speech is slightly affected in the first few days of treatment until their mouth gets used to wearing the orthodontic appliance. This isn’t a long-term issue and only lasts for several days. Additionally, you may experience more saliva which is a natural reaction to having a ‘foreign object’ in your mouth, however this will also subside in a few days.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY BRACES BREAK?
If you follow our advice regarding what foods to avoid, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll experience any broken brackets. Hard, sticky, or chewy foods have a tendency to damage your braces so it’s strongly encouraged to steer clear of these foods. When we initially attach your braces, you’ll be provided with care instructions coupled with what to do in an emergency. If you have any concerns, all you need to do is phone our staff.
GOT A QUESTION ABOUT ORTHODONTICS?
If you have any questions which haven’t been answered already, why not come to our clinic and ask in person? Simply book your free consultation with our staff and we can answer any questions you may have regarding your individual condition.