Questions about braces
If you’re seeking some more information about orthodontic treatment before making the big commitment, you’re not the only one.Most patients have similar questions they want answers to, so here’s a list of the most frequently asked questions our member clinics get from their patients.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the field of dentistry that focuses specifically on correcting teeth and jaw irregularities and improving their function. This usually involves fitting an orthodontic appliance to ensure alignment of the teeth.
What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
All orthodontists are dentists who have embarked on two to three years of postgraduate study to specialise in orthodontics. Your general dentist will help you to maintain good oral hygiene, carry out fillings etc. but will usually refer you to an orthodontist for more substantial work, like the fitting of braces.
How much does orthodontic treatment cost?
This depends on the type of treatment you have. Different types of braces cost different amounts and some patients will need longer treatment than others. You could expect to pay anywhere between $3,000 and $9,500 for orthodontic treatment but you will be able to receive a quote for treatment at your free consultation.
How long does orthodontic treatment take?
This is very dependent on the type of treatment you require. Some people may only need six months of treatment, but for most people it can usually take between one and three years.
Does orthodontic treatment hurt?
No, orthodontic treatment doesn’t hurt, although at various stages throughout your treatment you may experience some discomfort. This is usually around the time you have your braces tightened or you receive your next set of aligners. This discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter pain relief, such as paracetamol.
Can children benefit from orthodontics?
Absolutely! In fact, the earlier the better as that way an orthodontist can identify potential problems and plan for treatment. Most health authorities recommend every child has an orthodontic assessment between the ages of 7 and 11 while their teeth and jaws are still developing. This may result in them receiving preliminary treatment to avoid orthodontic problems later, but more often than not it allows for both the child and parents, as well as the orthodontist, to prepare for treatment if need be.
Do I have to wear braces as a teenager?
Not necessarily. Invisalign is an alternative option and is very popular among teen patients. Invisalign’s virtually invisible aligners can be removed for sports games, music practice and first dates so they won’t interfere with a teenager’s lifestyle.
Do I still have to visit my dentist while receiving treatment?
Yes, we recommend you continue to see your dentist for regular check-ups while receiving orthodontic treatment. This will help to ensure your teeth remain clean and healthy throughout treatment.
Can I clean my teeth while wearing braces?
Yes, and it is very important that you do so. Check out our top tips for looking after your braces.
I would love to have orthodontic treatment but as an adult I’m too embarrassed to wear braces. Are there any other options?
These days, many of our orthodontists treat more adult patients than children and teenagers. One of the most popular treatment options is Invisalign, which uses virtually invisible plastic aligners to move your teeth into position. If your orthodontist recommends braces as the best treatment option for you, there are different types that are very discreet so won’t affect your appearance.
Start your journey to a beautiful new smile
Ready to find out which type of braces would be best for you? Search for your nearest TIO member clinic and book an initial consultation with them. Your chosen orthodontist will be able to advise you which braces will achieve the best results.