How long will it take to straighten my teeth?
Active Orthodontic treatment takes approximately 18 months to 2 years to complete depending on the treatment plan and patient co-operation. This is followed by a period of retention with a passive appliance to hold teeth in their new positions.
What food should I avoid while wearing braces?
Sugar – Foods high in sugar content encourage germs to build up around the appliance leading to tooth decay. This can result in formation of permanent unsightly marks on the teeth.
Fizzy drinks - Fizzy drinks and fruit juices are acidic and may also cause marks to develop on the teeth.
Hard or sticky foods – These can damage the appliances and bend the wires, which will stop tooth movement.
How often should I brush my teeth while wearing braces?
Brush your teeth after every meal. If you have a removable appliance this should be removed for cleaning the teeth then replaced straight after. Using a fluoride mouthwash during treatment will maintain healthy teeth.
Should I be aware of anything else during my treatment?
Orthodontic treatment may cause tooth root shortening. This usually causes no long-term problems, however if it is severe treatment, it may need to be stopped early. Very occasionally teeth may become non vital and may require root treatment. This is most likely to occur where teeth have been previously traumatized or have very large restorations.
How can I ensure my teeth stay in position after treatment?
Retainers are used to hold teeth in their new positions and may be fixed or removable appliances. Even following a period of retention, some changes may occur. You will be provided with one set of retainers but you will be charges for replacement/repair if retainers are lost or broken.
How do my orthodontics appointment work?
You will need to attend regularly to have your appliance adjusted. Your appointments will need to be in school times, i.e. morning or afternoon. Missed appointments are disruptive to orthodontic treatment. Good co-operation will result in your treatment being completed in the shortest time. If you cannot attend let us know as soon as possible so that your appointment can be reallocated.
What if I break my brace?
If your appliance breaks please contact us as soon as possible to have it repaired in order to prevent unwanted tooth movement.
Do I need to visit the dentist after my braces are removed?
You should continue to see your regular dentist for check ups and dental treatment during orthodontic treatment.
What happens if I don't follow the advice given to me by the Orthodontics specialist?
Failure to comply with any aspects of treatment may result in treatment being discontinued prior to completion.
Are there extras I need to know about?
You may be asked to wear additions to your appliances such as elastics or headgear, do ensure that you follow the instructions as prescribed by the orthodontist.