Braces - FAQ's
Q: Will braces hurt?
A: There is nothing in the orthodontic treatment that you need to be afraid of. There are no injections ….ever! The only discomfort from braces comes the morning after they have been fitted or adjusted and your teeth have started to move. This discomfort may last for a few days.
Q: Can I still play sport with braces?
A: Yes. If you are playing a contact sport, you will need a mouthguard fitted over your braces. Removable plates can be taken out for sport.
Q: If I get braces, will I need to have teeth removed?
A: No. Only very few cases require teeth to be removed before you get braces. If your mouth is badly over-crowded there is a small possibility you may need to have teeth removed to create space for your other teeth to move into alignment.
Q: How long will I need to wear braces?
A: The length of your treatment depends on your problem, growth and your cooperation. In general, braces need to worn for between nine and 30 months. The average treatment time for braces is 18 to 24 months, however, treatment time may be longer if growth is different than expected or patient cooperation is less than ideal. More severe problems take longer and require more cooperation.
Q: How often should I brush my teeth while wearing braces?
A: You should brush your teeth at least twice to three times per day – after every meal and when you go to bed. This will keep your teeth looking great, in great condition and also make you feel better about yourself. To clean your braces, we also recommend using special high fluoride toothpaste to further protect your teeth.
Q: What is retention? How long do I need to wear a retainer?
A: After your braces are removed, you will wear a fixed, invisible retainer to prevent your teeth from moving back towards their original position. A retainer helps your teeth stay aligned while your jaw continues to grow. The fixed plate may stay in for some time. You may also wear a removable plate which you will be weaned off over time. In most cases, the longer you wear your retainer, the better chance you have that your teeth will remain straight.
Q: Will braces affect my speech?
A: When you first have your braces fitted, you will notice a slight change in the way you speak like a slight lisp. Once your tongue and lips get used to your braces, you will adjust and speak normally again. Braces don’t affect the tone of your voice.
Q: What happens if I have a special occasion like my formal?
A: In special circumstances, we can arrange for some of your braces to be removed but generally there is a charge for this service. For special occasions like formals, many patients choose to be fitted at no charge with almost invisible ‘white wire’. Please talk to us about this.
Q: What do I do if my braces break?
A: If any part of your braces break, please contact us as soon as possible during business hours to schedule a time to repair your problem. Problems for extended periods of time may cause a disruption in your treatment plan.