Bayside Orthodontists strives to resolve all of your questions to ensure that you can begin achieving the smile you deserve sooner and with complete confidence.
What is Orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of problems in alignment of teeth and jaws.
Orthodontics will straighten crooked teeth. The most common method to correct the position of teeth and establish a functional bite (occlusion) is through the use of braces.
Do braces hurt?
In the onset of receiving braces, you may experience some pain due to the new appliances working in your mouth. This may last for a few days or a few weeks but should subside as you get used to them. Painkillers are recommended during this time.
What does early intervention mean?
Early intervention occurs when a child’s dental development shows signs of problems. There are a number of warning signs that you can look out for, if they show we recommend that your children see an Orthodontist early (around eight years old) to ensure their smile develops as positively as possible. This does not mean that they are required to undergo treatment straight-away, but it is desirable to have expert support to keep an eye on their teeth and jaw development during these years.
I have a few misaligned teeth, is there an alternative to braces?
If you have a minor orthodontic concern, Invisalign could be the discreet option you are searching for. Invisalign uses clear retainers to shift the teeth into correct position, and can help with smaller malocclusions.
I am an adult, what are my options regarding braces?
You have a few options to choose from – it’s never too late to restore your smile! Discrete options include lingual braces or Invisalign. These options are suited to adults who would prefer not to draw attention to their orthodontic treatment.
What if my wire or bracket breaks during treatment?
We define breakage as a situation where an appliance (braces, wires, plates etc) you are wearing or some part of it has become loose, dislodged or is not fitting as it used to but it is not hurting you. eg you have eaten something hard and broken off a bracket glued to one of your teeth.
On the other hand, an emergency is when something orthodontic that you are wearing is hurting you. eg a wire is poking out behind a last tooth and is digging into your cheek or a plate that you are wearing is rubbing up an ulcer on your gum.
In either case, contact us to arrange an appointment.
What can I eat with braces?
When we first apply your braces, you may need a few days to adjust to eating normally. During this stage, you may want to read our information on Braces and your Diet and try eating softer foods, before you return to eating your favourites.
How often will I need to visit with my braces?
After receiving your braces, you will need to have short check-ups to monitor your progress. These appointments will occur between three-eight weeks apart.
How much with Orthodontic treatment cost?
Orthodontic treatment costs will depend on your individual case and how long you will need your braces for. Discreet treatment options such as ceramic, lingual and Invisalign will require more investment, whilst traditional braces are more cost-efficient for the individual.