Bayside Orthodontists strives to answer all your questions about your orthodontic treatment. We are here to help you achieve 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 your crooked teeth with the most common method through the use of braces.
Does orthodontic treatment hurt?
Once you get your braces and aligners installed, you may experience some pain while they start to work your mouth. This may last for a few days or a few weeks but should subside as you get used to them. Painkillers like paracetamol are recommended during this time. If pain persists, please contact us.
What does early intervention mean?
Early intervention is a term used for when an Orthodontist treats a child around 8 years of age. This occurs when your child’s dental development shows warning signs. Early intervention ensures your child’s smile develops as positively as possible. It doesn’t mean they will need to undergo orthodontic treatment straight away. In some cases our orthodontic support only needs to regularly review their jaw and teeth development.
I have a few misaligned teeth, is there an alternative to braces?
If you only have a few misaligned teeth, Invisalign is a discreet and option to get straight, healthy looking teeth. Invisalign clear aligners shift your teeth into their correct position. It can also help with smaller malocculsions.
I’m an adult, what options do I have regarding braces?
It’s never too late to restore your smile! Discreet options for braces include Invisalign which is perfect for adults who don’t want to draw attention to their orthodontic treatment.
What can I eat with braces?
After 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 favorite foods.
What happens if my wire or bracket breaks during treatment?
We define breakage as a situation where an appliance (braces, wires, plates) you’re wearing or some part of it has become loose, dislodged or is not fitting as it used to but isn’t hurting you. For example, you may have eaten something hard and broken off a bracket glued to one of your teeth.
An emergency is when something orthodontic that you are wearing is hurting you. For example a wire is poking out behind a last tooth and is digging into your cheek or a plate that you’re wearing is rubbing up an ulcer on your gum.
If you experience a breakage or emergency, contact us to arrange an appointment.
How many appointments will I need after my braces have been applied?
After receiving your braces, you will need to have short check-ups to monitor your progress. These appointments will occur between 8 to 12 weeks apart.
How much will Orthodontic treatment cost?
Orthodontic costs will depend on your treatment and how long you’ll need the braces for. Discreet orthodontic treatment options like ceramic and Invisalign require more investment.