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Braces – frequently asked questions

Below are some of the most common questions patients ask about orthodontic treatment and braces….

Am I too old for orthodontics? 

From 2015 onwards, 1 in 5 patients seeking orthodontic treatment is an adult. The stigma around braces for adults have dramatically evaporated in recent years. There are a range of orthodontics treatments to suit adults and children alike.

Are invisible orthodontics suitable for everyone? 

Here at Fresh Dental, we offer Invisalign i7@ and Invisalign Express, which are suitable for minor problems such as crowding of your front teeth. However, these systems are not recommended for more complex orthodontic problem. Fresh Dental offer are consultations for patients, and you will be able to talk through what kind of action to take and ask any questions.

How long does orthodontic treatment take? 

This varies and depends on several factors. These factors include your age, the severity of the problem to be treated and the type of system used. Invisalign i7@ can present noticeable results for minor problems very early on during treatment (around 3 months), whilst cFast can take a year or longer.

Do fixed braces hurt? 

Fixed braces can sometimes give patients some discomfort during the first few days that they are fixed to the teeth. As you begin to adjust to the sensation of the ceramic brackets and wires in your mouth, this will quickly disappear.

Why Cfast braces? 

Fast braces allow you to choose from ceramic brackets and clear wires, so if you are worried about wearing your braces in front of others, they are the perfect cosmetic option. The brace is indeed still slightly visible, but the innovative design means that you do not have to wear it for as long as traditional fixed methods.

What are the most commonly treated orthodontic problems? 

  • Protruding upper front teeth.

  • Cross bite

  • Open bite

  • Deep bite.

  • Crowding.

  • Misaligned teeth.

How do I care for my braces?

This is very dependant on what type of brace you have opted for. For example, fixed braces methods require different kind of maintenance to removable options. Fixed options are usually a little more restrictive as they are permanently treating your teeth – this means there are certain foods you need to avoid, whilst removal aligners (such as Invisalign) are a little flexible where this is concerned. You should also observe the important of wearing a retainer post-treatment as this will ensure that your teeth do not fall back into their original position.

If you would like to arrange a free consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us.