Orthodontic FAQs

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.

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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 a fast treatment option?

If you only have a few misaligned teeth, Invisalign® treatment is a discreet and effective option to get straight, healthy-looking teeth. Invisalign® Lite and Invisalign® Express are specifically made for fixing minor issues in the front six teeth and can see results in as little as 3 months!

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I'm an adult, what options do I have regarding braces?

It's never too late to restore your smile! We offer both clear and traditional metal fixed braces, as well as Spark and Invisalign® clear aligners for an extra discreet experience.

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.

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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.

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How many appointments will I need after my braces have been applied?

After receiving your braces, you will need to have check-ups to monitor your progress. If you have traditional braces, these appointments will occur between 8 to 12 weeks apart.

For our patients who have aligners or self-ligating braces, you can go much longer between appointments. That’s because we offer the Dental Monitoring app so you can skip the commute and check in with our team remotely from the comfort of your home.

How much will Orthodontic treatment cost?

Orthodontic costs depend on the type of treatment you choose and how long you’ll need braces. Discreet orthodontic options like clear braces and Invisalign® clear aligners tend to require more investment than traditional metal braces.

If you are concerned about the cost of treatment, we offer interest-free DentiCare payment plans through direct debit. Best yet, it’s simple to sign up and doesn’t require any credit checks to get started.

Orthodontic faqs