Having a beautiful smile can be an incredible asset. But achieving it through orthodontics might be a confusing process for new patients. The good news is that many of the questions we receive here at Bamford Orthodontic Practice are similar so we have provided the answer to each of them.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with the growth of the teeth, jaws and face. While many people think it’s just about your teeth looking more beautiful, it’s also improving the balance between your teeth and jaws so that you can eat more comfortably and look after your teeth and gums more easily.
Is orthodontic treatment free?
Orthodontic treatment is provided privately for adults over 18 and on the NHS or privately for children under 18. Because of the high demand for orthodontic treatment there is a waiting list for NHS patients referred in from other practices. Whilst the NHS will fund some orthodontic treatment for children, patients with only mild irregularity who wish treatment for mainly cosmetic reasons may have to pay privately for this treatment. However, all children are entitled to a free NHS assessment.
What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment?
Well-aligned teeth can reduce dental trauma to prominent teeth, limit the risk of dental decay and improve facial appearance. Orthodontics can allow accommodation of impacted teeth and preparation for advanced dental treatment, such as bridges or dental implants.
How long does orthodontic treatment take?
Each patient is different, and an examination will be carried out to determine treatment length. Depending on the severity of the concerns, treatment may take up to two years. It is important that you are happy with the recommended treatment, and that you understand the proposed treatment.
What are extractions, and will I need them before I get braces?
The removal of a tooth is called an extraction. Sometimes in complex cases, it is necessary to remove teeth as part of orthodontic treatment to achieve the best results. However, we try and keep the need for teeth extraction to a minimum.
Are there different types of braces?
There are several different types of braces to choose from for your orthodontic treatment. At Bamford Orthodontic Practice, we offer traditional metal braces, lingual braces, clear braces and Invisalign.
How do I take care of my braces?
Braces are an investment, and it is important that you not only care for your teeth, but for your appliances as well. Life with braces features tips on how to care for your new hardware.
Do braces hurt?
A little discomfort as your teeth shift is completely normal. Your teeth may ache as you get used to the pressure of the wires and elastic ligatures. Over-the-counter pain medication will provide relief. The discomfort typically subsides within a few days.
Ready to start your orthodontic treatment journey? Book your initial consultation at Bamford Orthodontic Practice in Rochdale today.