Most Frequently Asked Questions
Researching your orthodontic alternatives and diving to the sphere of orthodontic care may feel overwhelming. That is why we are dedicated to providing our clients as several resources and advice as we can. Have a look at a number of our Frequently Asked Questions below and, as always, in case you can not locate your particular question, do not be afraid to request our experienced staff. We have questions and answer that are usually asked mostly. We have sectioned of different categories to help you with some questions you might have for our orthodontist.
Has your dentist suggested braces and you don’t know why?
Some teeth stick out too much this is called an increased over-jet. From the side they protrude and can be overly prominent in the face. These teeth can be brought back into line with braces. Sometimes we use a functional appliance to do this. The orthodontist will show you one of these when you visit the surgery.
Some bites have the opposite problem and the teeth have a reduced over-jet and overbite. These teeth can be brought forwards with braces. Some bites like this may require the use of elastics while you wear braces. The Orthodontist will explain how to wear them to get the teeth into the best bite possible.
A very common problem is that a child can have too many teeth. The teeth come through in unusual places and there is a shortage of space in the mouth. Quite often it may be necessary to extract teeth in this situation to make room for the other teeth to be straightened. Your Orthodontist will explain what teeth need to be extracted. She will write a letter to the dentist who will remove these teeth. Then your braces will be placed.
Missing Teeth or Gaps
Sometimes teeth don’t develop or are knocked out. Sometimes teeth are too small and gaps are obvious. Braces can help close space. If as in this case a tooth is lost the brace can make the space the right size for a bridge or an implant.
General Orthodontic Questions
Orthodontics works by applying light constant force to the teeth to allow them to move in a predictable manner and direction. Orthodontic forces are applied through small brackets attached to the teeth using wires or via clear aligners using attachments to move the teeth by changing the shape of the aligner to a computerised model outcome.
Orthodontic treatment is not necessary for everyone. The purpose of the treatment is to create a healthy bite, straight teeth are easier to clean therefore allow easier cleaing and therefore allow you to keep your teeth for much longer. Most cases are elective and the point of this treatment is to improve self esteem which it is an important benefit of orthodontic treatment ie gaining an attractive smile. In some cases orthodontic treatment is necessary to adjust the bite prior to surgery of the jaws or prior to dental work such as crown and bridge work.
The best time to start seeing the orthodontist is age 9 years of age. At this age a lot of the baby teeth are being shed and the permanent teeth are starting to come through. The Orthodontist can asses if all the teeth are there or not if there is any need to adjust the bite. Often an early course of treatment can simply and improve the final outcome.
Yes it can be reversed. If teeth have been extracted or damaged then this is more difficult. However it is possible to correct teeth which have relapsed due to not wearing your retainer or to change the position of teeth by wearing a brace again.
Dublin Orthodontists have been creating beautiful smiles since 2003. Our biggest fans are our patients due to the changes that they see over their time with us. From the beggining of your journey to the end of treatment you will recieve the best treatment from our Specialist team. We use all the latest brace technology and we are up to date with the ever changing world of Orthodontics. Patients like our payment plans, we work with you to get you a plan to suit your needs. We have a Dentist and a Hygienist here so all of your dental needs can be met if you don’t already have your own dentist. For more info see our before and after photos and what our patients are saying.
There is no right or wrong brace treatment, people are individuals and some people prefer metal braces to clear braces and some want clear retainers. The treatments are different prices and that often dictates what treatment people go for. One thing that is the same a super spectacular smile whatever brace you choose.
Adult Braces Questions
Kids Braces Questions
Yes see payment plans page, this will give you an idea of our options.
Kids get braces for many different reasons sometimes these are personal. Teenagers can be really self conscious about their teeth, teeth with a poor appearance can seriously affect a teenager’s self esteem. If you have straight teeth not only does it make a person look more attractive but it will result in a healthier smile that will last for a life time. As we get older we can loose our teeth due to poor brushing gum disease and a poor diet, straightening childrens’s teeth allows them to brush more easily and this can help them to maintain healthy strong teeth for longer.
Clear Braces Questions
6 Month Smiles Questions
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