We understand that many of our prospective clients will have questions and queries about orthodontics and the answers to some of the common questions we are asked are listed below:
Am I too old for braces ?
There are no age restrictions for having orthodontic treatment. Provided there is enough bone support and the gums are healthy teeth can be moved at any age. That is why orthodontics can improve the smile of practically anyone. Please remember healthy teeth can be moved throughout life. There is no age limit for orthodontic treatment – our patients are aged between 7 and 70!
Do braces hurt ?
Having braces fitted is not painful. For the first few days after braces are fitted it is normal for the teeth to be a little sore. There also may be some mild irritation to the cheeks and the tongue for a few days. Using painkillers (Paracetamol or Ibuprofen) and orthodontic relief wax will help to alleviate this discomfort.
How long does orthodontic treatment usually take?
The overall treatment time depends on the complexity of the initial problem and the partricular appliances used. Therefore the length of the treatment varies from patient to patient. The average treatment time for a full fixed appliance treatment is 18-24 months, whereas some common minor misalignments of the front teeth can be fixed in as little as six months. Please visit our Treatment Options page which provides a general overview of the whole process from start to finish.
Why is orthodontics important ?
The most obvious benefit of orthodontics is a great smile after treatment has been completed. A beautiful and winning smile promotes self-esteem and is valuable to both your personal and professional life.
Orthodontics not only creates attractive smiles and improves self-confidence but also results in a better oral health. Untreated orthodontic problems may lead to tooth decay, gum disease, bone destruction, speech impairment and chewing difficulties.
What do some of the technical terms used in orthodontics actually mean?
We have created a dedicated A to Z of Orthodontic Terms page which cuts through the jargon and explains the meaning of many of the technical terms.
How important is oral hygiene?
Good oral hygiene is very important both before, during and after any orthodontic treatment.
Why do I now have spaces between my teeth? Is this normal?
It is normal that gaps may appear between your teeth whilst you are having orthodontic treatment. When the teeth start to move this can happen but don’t worry all of the spaces will be closed before your braces come off.
Why have some of my teeth not got the coloured rings on?
Sometimes not all of the brackets will have the coloured rings on this is because sometimes we need to tie the wire in using small metal wires that are called ligatures. Also sometimes we need to group teeth together and close spaces with elastic chain which can be clear or grey in colour. On the rare occasion the coloured ring has simply fallen off, in this case please contact us and we will advise you.
Why do I have to wear elastics?
Wearing elastics is part of a vast majority of patients. They need to be worn for various reasons and are very important. If you ever run out of elastics please call us and we will send a new pack out to you. If you can’t remember how to wear them call us immediately to book an appointment to be shown again.
When can I stop wearing my retainers?
Although after time we can slowly decrease the amount of time you wear your retainers it is advised that you must have some sort of retention for as long as you want to keep your teeth straight. Teeth will always want to move throughout your life and will never be 100% completely stable unless you hold the teeth in place.
Are you still looking for an answer to your question?
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or queries regarding any of our treatment options.