FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We hope these will help with any queries you may have.. Should you need information on anything other issues please do not hesitate to call us
Do I need to be referred by a dentist?
Most people are referred by their dentist and this is a good idea as the teeth and gums need to be healthy to carry out orthodontic treatment. We can certainly see you without a referral although we may refer you to see you general dentist for some initial work before we can start your orthodontic treatment.
At what age can one start orthodontic assessment and treatment?
It is recommended that an orthodontic assessment be carried out by age 7. The most common time for placement of braces is between 10 and 14 years of age. This allows us to take advantage of growth during treatment. Braces aren't just for kids. More and more adults are also wearing braces to correct minor problems and to improve their smiles. Our Invisible brace systems now ensure you can get a stunning smile without anybody noticing your having treatment.
If I wait, isn't there a chance that my child's bite will get better on its' own?
Ocasionally this can happen, however more commonly orthodontic problems tend to worsen with age. If you avoid needed treatment when your children are teens, the children will usually need treatment later in life. It is most common that earlier treatment is more straight forward.
Is treatment more difficult for adults?
Adults can be treated successfully at any time. Almost 50% of our patients are adults of all ages.
I have crowns and bridges, can I still have braces?
Yes. Braces can be fitted to crowns and bridges in a similar way to those fitted to natural teeth. However, we would advise you delay having any new crown or bridgework until after the completion of any orthodontic treatment. Orthodontics can position teeth so that your dentist can fit better-looking and well-fitting crowns, bridges and implants.
What kind of braces will I have to wear?
On assessment Dr McConville will advise what appliance is best for your particular complaint, but overall the choice is yours. We offer many treatment options. See here.
How long will I have to wear braces?
Every orthodontic problem is a little different . The treatment time depends largely on the complexity of your problem, your aspirations for treatment and your co-operation.This will be discussed on assessment.
Do braces hurt?
Braces have changed a lot in the last 20 years so they are a lot less uncomfortable than they were 20 years ago. Modern brace systems are designed to minimize your discomfort. Most patients experience some mild discomfort during their first week in braces and occasional discomfort after their braces are being tightened. However, after the first week, most patients hardly notice their braces at all.
Will treatment be uncomfortable?
The orthodontic wires are adjusted at each visit, bearing mild pressure on the brackets or bands to shift teeth or jaws gradually into a desired position.
Your teeth and jaws may feel slightly sore after each visit, but the discomfort is brief. Click here for ‘What to expect’
Do I have to avoid any foods or personal habits?
We generally recommend that patients be especially careful about what they eat during the first week after getting braces. Usually, patients are advised to only eat softer foods and to be very careful with their mouth.
Are there foods that should be avoided?
We generally recommend that you avoid hard sticky, gooey or crunchy foods. Caramel can stick on to your braces. Crunchy foods like carrots and apples and hard rolls can occasionally knock off a bracket.
Are there any activities that should be avoided when I have braces?
We advise against patients participating in activities where there will be many blows to a patient's mouth. Sports like boxing and wrestling should be avoided. You should wear an orthodontic mouth guard when participating in any sporting activity.
How do I best care for my teeth at home whilst wearing braces?
With braces, oral hygiene is more important than ever. Braces have tiny spaces where food particles and plaque get trapped. Brush carefully after every meal with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse thoroughly and check your teeth in the mirror to make sure they're clean. Take time to floss between braces and under wires with the help of a floss threader. Insufficient cleaning while wearing braces can cause enamel staining around brackets or bands.
Should I continue to see my general dentist while in braces?
Yes. It's very important that you continue to have regular dental checkups to prevent decay and to maintain the health of the supporting structures. Periodic professional dental cleanings by your dentist or hygienist helps to maintain dental health and prevent dental disease.