Orthodontics FAQs

orthodontics-faqAt what age should I take my child to the orthodontist?
How long will I be wearing braces?
Will the braces hurt?
Am I to old for braces?
Can I still do sport?
Do I still need to see my dentist during my orthodontic treatment?
How long does it take to fit the braces?
Can I choose colours?

......At what age should I take my child to the orthodontist?

The recommended age as by the American Association of Orthodontics is that a child should be evaluated by an orthodontist by the age of 7 ( treatment usually is not necessary at this time). Growth can be utilized and manipulated in young patients but is not necessarily ready for full orthodontic treatment.

......How long will I be wearing braces?

Active treatment lasts for anything between 16 -24 months. Every case is unique however and other appliances may be needed. Patients are usually seen at a 6 weekly intervals. After active treatment is complete, patients will go into a retention phase and will still be seeing the orthodontist on a less frequent basis.

......Will the braces hurt?

Most patients experience discomfort for the first week after the braces are fitted. Patients may take painkillers to relieve this discomfort - IF it is even necessary!

......Am I to old for braces?

Skew teeth,incorrect bite,crowding can be improved regardless the age of the patient. It is often done in conjunction with other specialists (or your dentist) to maximise the benefit and make their job easier.

......Can I still do sport?

Yes!! You may still do sport. A mouthguard however is recommended in the case of contact sports!

......do I still need to see my dentist during my orthodontic treatment?

Yes! To ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy during your treatment you must still visit your dentist and oral hygienist every 6 months.

......How long does it take to fit the braces?

With the patient's cooperation approximatly an hour.

......Can I choose colours?

Yes - assorted colours of the ligating elastics are available!