FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the Treatment Times?

Most active orthodontic treatment will last for approximately 18 months. This time will vary according to individual treatment plans.

The overall time will be influenced by breakages and missed appointments.

Following active treatment there will be an indefinite period of retention.

Eating habits?

There are three main types of food which can cause problems with orthodontic appliances.

These are hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar content.

Hard and sticky foods can break the appliance or bend the wires, thus stopping tooth movement.

Foods high in sugar content encourage germs to build around the appliance leading to tooth decay. This can result in formation of permanent unsightly marks on the teeth. Fizzy drinks and fruit juices may also cause marks to develop on the teeth.

All these types of food and drink are to be avoided.

Elastic bands?

You may be asked to wear elastics to help tooth movement. Failure to wear these as prescribed will prolong your treatment.

Root resorption and loss of tooth vitality

Orthodontic treatment may cause root shortening. This usually causes no long term problems, however, if it is severe treatment may be needed to be stopped early. Very occasionally teeth may become non vital and may require a root treatment. This is most likely when teeth have been previously traumatised or have very large restorations.

Gum Recession

Orthodontic treatment may cause some gum recession. This is less likely if there are good oral hygiene measures in place and healthy gums at the start of treatment.

Retainers?

At the end of orthodontic treatment you will be provided with a set of retainers to be worn on a regular basis to ensure that your teeth remain in their new positions.

Emergencies?

If your appliance breaks, please contact us as soon as possible to have it repaired in order to prevent unwanted tooth movement.

Appointments?

You will need to attend regularly to have your brace adjusted.

Missed appointments are very disruptive to your treatment and may increase the overall treatment time.

Good cooperation will result in your treatment being completed in the shortest time possible.

If you cannot attend, please let us know as soon as possible so we can reschedule.

Dental check-ups?

You should continue to see your usual dentist on a regular basis during orthodontic treatment.