When it comes to orthodontic care, there’s a lot to take into account, and we want to make sure you are confident in your treatment with us. Here are some straightforward answers to common questions about Invisalign® treatment and braces.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is an advanced branch of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Usually, this involves fitting an appliance like aligners or fixed braces to ensure healthy alignment of the teeth and jaws.
The custom-made aligners are created to fit perfectly, using leading technology that measures the contours of your mouth. Plus, you can take them out while you eat and brush your teeth, so you don’t have the same restrictions as with traditional braces.
What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
All Specialist Orthodontists started as dentists, but then took on a further 3 years of postgraduate study to specialise in the field of orthodontics. Your general dentist helps you with oral hygiene and fillings, but an orthodontist has the added training to straighten your smile.
Why are straight teeth important?
Orthodontics isn’t just about improved cosmetics. There are serious health and lifestyle benefits to teeth that are properly aligned. Straighter teeth make eating, speaking, breathing and sleeping easier. Straight teeth are also easier to clean, and less likely to get injured!
Does orthodontic treatment hurt?
No, it doesn’t hurt. You may experience some soreness the first few days after fitting and adjustment appointments. However, this should pass quickly and is manageable with over-the-counter pain relief if needed.
What age is best for orthodontic treatment?
If your child is coming up to 7 years old, now is a great time to book an orthodontic appointment! This helps us catch orthodontic issues before they cause bigger problems.
Complex issues are easier to treat while the jaw is still growing, which is why the most popular time for treatment is between ages of 11 to 13. That being said, as long as your teeth and gums are healthy, we can treat adult patients into their 70s.
Can you straighten my teeth before my wedding day?
At your initial consultation, we can give you an estimate of how long your orthodontic treatment is going to take. Bear in mind that your teeth need time to realign slowly, so if your wedding date is coming up soon, consider a discreet option like Invisalign® aligners.
Do I still have to visit my dentist during treatment?
Absolutely yes. It’s especially important for you to continue to see your dentist regularly while receiving orthodontic treatment because this will help to ensure your teeth remain clean and healthy throughout your treatment.
Can I still play sports or instruments with braces?
Yes! Invisalign® aligners can easily be worn during sport and instrument practice. But if you have fixed braces, we recommend that you protect your smile and appliance by wearing a custom sports mouthguard.
Why are retainers needed after orthodontic treatment?
Teeth run the risk of reverting back to their previous positions if they’re not stabilised. Wearing your retainers will help make sure your new smile lasts a lifetime.