FAQ

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Do braces hurt?

Today’s Orthodontic technology is highly advanced and uses significantly lighter forces to set your teeth in as little time as possible. We make use of the latest braces that are miniature, comfortable and of the highest quality. Initially, the braces might keep you conscious of their presence without causing any pain. But rest assured in the knowledge that both the discomfort and treatment time will be minimal.

You will feel a slight discomfort for the first few days after placing the braces and after every adjustment. This discomfort will go away with the use of pain relievers that you can pick up from your nearest drug store (use as directed).

How long do the orthodontic treatments typically last?

It’s difficult to give an exact answer. Every case that comes to us is different and needs to be treated accordingly. We focus more attention on the quality of your treatment, rather than its speed. That being said, most cases typically require about 12 to 15 months of treatment, and we try to finish the treatment within a maximum of 18 months. However, some cases require comprehensive treatment that may extend the time frame to 18-24 months.

What is full or comprehensive orthodontic treatment?

Comprehensive orthodontic treatment is undertaken when all the permanent teeth have erupted (whether in adolescents/adults), typically after the age of 12. The treatment may consist of one or more phases depending on the patient. It is common to use a comprehensive orthodontic treatment when the patient has not undergone a Phase I treatment.

How do I know whether my child needs orthodontic treatment?

It can be quite difficult for you to determine whether your child`s teeth need any orthodontic treatment or not. Many teeth complications might develop in children, who, otherwise have a straight looking front teeth. On the other hand, a number of intimidating and complex teeth problems simply fade away even without any treatment. A general dentist could be a good reference point, but orthodontics is a complex field and requires the expertise of a specialist.

To help our patients make a better decision, we even offer a one-time complimentary examination of your child’s teeth and if necessary, make further recommendations.

Does everyone need Phase I treatment?

No. Phase I is required to intercept only some of the orthodontic complications. Generally, most problems can be easily treated after the eruption of all the permanent teeth in patients.

Can I wait for my child to get older for Phase 1 treatment?

We strongly recommend against waiting. If your child is in need of Phase I treatment, then it means that he requires immediate attention. Any delay in treatment will not only result in severe orthodontic problems for the child and but also limit the treatment options. It may even lead to teeth extractions and jaw surgery that can lead to increased costs for treatment.

Can someone be too old for braces?

No, despite your age you can still benefit. Orthodontic forces move the teeth in adults just the same way as they do in the children. However, the maturity of bone in some cases might make the treatment slightly longer for adults.

In fact, it is quite common among adults to receive orthodontic treatment. We regularly treat adult patients who are as old as 50 years, 60 years and in some cases even 70 years old.

Just what are Extraction & Non-extraction therapies?

Extraction treatment involves the removal of one or more selected permanent teeth. Extraction is done in those rare cases when the patient’s teeth have grown to become crowded and too protrusive. In such cases, select permanent teeth are extracted, in order to allow the front teeth to be pulled back into a neat and pleasing profile.

In non-extraction treatments, the arches are expanded to make room for all the permanent teeth. Today’s orthopedic techniques are highly advanced and rarely require the patients to undergo teeth extraction.

However, some cases do require the employment of teeth extraction. We prefer to stick with non-extraction techniques as much as possible, but our primary objective is to give you the best possible results. Accordingly, we carefully evaluate each case and recommend a suitable treatment that gives our patient the best results.

Can I get braces even if some of my teeth are missing?

Sure. But left to itself, the space created by missing teeth gradually gets occupied by teeth on either side. This drifting of teeth poses numerous problems in patients.

These unattractive spaces not only deform your smile, but also cause periodontal (gum tissue) problems. Our orthodontic treatment will ensure proper alignment of your teeth profile and make it easier for your dentist replaces your missing teeth.

What are the symptoms of orthodontic problems?

It can be difficult for you to find out yourself, whether you need orthodontic treatment or not. However, any signs of the following symptoms should be followed by a consultation of our orthodontic advice.

  • Do you feel confident while smiling or laughing?
  • Is there any trouble while trying to chew or bite your cheek?
  • Does food frequently get caught between your teeth?
  • Do you find it difficult to clean between your teeth?

If your answer is “Yes” to any of the above symptoms, then you need professional orthodontic treatment.

What is Two Phase Treatment?

Two-phase treatment is not a tricky way for us to get you into two sets of braces. Two-phase treatment simply means that your treatment will be carried out in two stages. It neither costs double the money nor doubles the time. We prefer to avoid it under normal circumstances, but some cases do require such treatment for the best results.

The Phase I is interceptive orthodontic treatment. It intercepts the orthodontic problems that are in their early stages and prevent them from developing into more severe dental problems over time. Some of the common problems that warrant interceptive treatment include cross bites (of the front or back teeth) and crowding. The interceptive treatment is usually employed at an age when the permanent front teeth are erupting, which is typically around 8-9 years. This treatment can give a significant boost of confidence in a child, who is constantly teased and embarrassed for his or her teeth. Therefore, we usually recommend this treatment when any further delay may cause serious orthodontic problems or worsen a child’s social problems.

A patient is subjected to Phase II treatment only after the eruption of all permanent teeth. Phase II is administered to achieve the perfect alignment of teeth in patients, which is not possible in the presence of baby teeth.

At what age should I take my child to an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that you take your child for examination by the age of 7. It is very easy to take corrective action during a young age. Therefore, it is very important to detect orthodontic problems in their early stages to avoid bigger complications later in life.