Frequently Asked questions
We know choosing to embark on the orthodontic treatment journey can be overwhelming, and we’re sure you have some questions. Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about orthodontics and orthodontic treatment. If your question isn’t addressed below, we would be more than happy to answer it at our practice.
Orthodontics is a specialist area of dentistry which focuses on improving the appearance and alignment of the teeth and jaw. We can correct malocclusion (bad bites) and your facial profile using treatments such as braces and aligners. Orthodontists have all trained to be dentists, and have then undertaken further specialist postgraduate studies in order to practice in this field.
An orthodontist is a qualified dentist who has gone on to study in the field of orthodontics through multiple years of postgraduate schooling. While both an orthodontist and a dentist are trained to treat patients for dental requirements (such as fillings and overall oral health), an orthodontist concentrates on correcting the misalignment of teeth and jaws as well as ensuring overall facial symmetry.
Yes. It is important for you to continue your regular dentist appointments throughout orthodontic treatment. This is so that your teeth can be checked for decay and your gums examined for signs of disease.
Having your orthodontic appliance fitted is not painful. It is common to have slightly tender teeth for a few days after fitting and adjustment appointments. This discomfort can usually be treated by over-the-counter pain relief, such as Ibuprofen or Paracetamol.
Orthodontic treatment time varies according to the type of treatment and the complexity of your unique case. There is no one-size-fits-all answer, because each patient is different. On average, orthodontic treatment tends to take somewhere between 12-36 months. When you come in for your consultation, we’ll outline what treatment we think you would most benefit from and indicate how long your bespoke plan will take.
Once your appliance has been fitted, we usually need to see you every 8-10 weeks. With the help of Dental Monitoring however, we can drastically reduce the amount of in-person appointments by tracking your treatment with you through an app on your smartphone. Ask more about how Dental Monitoring can fit treatment around your lifestyle at your first consultation.
Money should never come between you and your forever smile. At Share A Smile Orthodontics, we do our best to make orthodontic treatment affordable for you. At your free consultation, we will discuss which treatment you could benefit from most and the costs associated with it. There are no hidden fees, and we offer professional, interest-free, and low-cost payment plans (no deposit required) that we administer through Medenta. Please contact us for full details on our affordable options.
Absolutely not! Patients at Share A Smile Orthodontics will never need to wear headgear. This is because we use the latest brace technology available which has eliminated the need for headgear altogether.
Once your aligner treatment has concluded or your braces have been removed, it will be necessary to wear a retainer to maintain your results. These retainers come in two different types: removable (a bit like a mouthguard) and fixed (a wire attached behind your front teeth). You will need to wear your retainer for as long as you wish your teeth to stay straight. Don’t worry, after your teeth adjust to your retainer, you should only have to wear it at nighttime. Your orthodontist will advise you on the proper usage and care for your retainer.
Your child doesn’t need to have all their permanent teeth in order to benefit from orthodontic treatment. In fact, it’s much easier for us to get ahead of potential problems if we see them while their teeth and bite are still developing. We recommend a child has a consultation with an orthodontist by the age of 7 or 8. This will enable us to identify any issues your child may have with their teeth in the future and make a plan to avoid them!
This depends on the type of bite you have, the position of your teeth, and the condition of both your teeth and gums. For instance, if you have active gum disease, it is important to get it under control before proceeding with braces treatment. Essentially, adults can be treated at any age as long as the gums and bone holding the teeth are healthy.
Definitely! Usually we can’t even begin orthodontic treatment unless your teeth are properly clean. The brackets of braces require thorough cleaning. It is very important to care for your fixed braces through careful brushing and following the diet recommended by your Specialist Orthodontist.
Don’t worry, you can still enjoy most all of your favourite food throughout braces treatment. That being said, your braces are not invincible. We want to make sure you don’t damage or dislodge your braces throughout the duration of your treatment so here are some things you should try to avoid: sticky, hard, or chewy sweets (like lollies or toffee), gum, crunchy foods like popcorn or ice, and biting into hard fruits and veg, burgers, sandwiches, pizza, etc. (you can cut all these into bite-sized pieces to continue enjoying them).
Schedule a free consultation with a Treatment Coordinator at our practice and we would be happy to answer any of your questions and concerns about orthodontic treatment.
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