Orthondontic FAQ's

Q: Do braces hurt?

A: As a rule, braces do not hurt. Usually after an adjustment, your teeth will be sore for a day or two. This discomfort is relieved with an over-the-counter pain reliever if necessary. The aching will be exaggerated when the brace is first fitted and may last a few days - this is due to the initial loosening of the teeth.


Q: How long will treatment take?

A: Treatment time obviously depends upon your original problems. However, today we have many techniques and materials which will safely move your teeth with less discomfort in a shorter time. The average is between 15-18 months although we can sometimes shorten this. Most simple treatments can be completed within a few months.


Q: Will I need to wear a retainer after treatment?

A: Yes. Even after the best orthodontic treatment, teeth will have a tendency to move slightly. A retainer is the best way to minimise this movement.


Q: Are braces noticeable?

A: Today, most of the braces are bonded to the front of the teeth thereby limiting the amount of metal on each tooth. It is also possible to have ceramic braces which blend in with your natural tooth colour, braces which fit and work from behind the teeth (lingual braces), or even totally clear metal and wire free Invisalign braces.


Q: As an adult, am I too old for braces?

A: No. You are never too old for braces. We provide orthodontic care for many adults of all ages, either because they missed out on treatment earlier, didn't wear retainers after their first treatment, or have just found their teeth becoming increasingly crowded as they get older.


Q: Will my speech be affected by braces?

A: For the first day or two after your braces are fitted you will be aware of something new in your mouth. Soon, however, they will become part of you and you will not have a problem with speech.


Q: Will I need to have teeth removed for braces?

A: Removal of teeth is sometimes necessary for an orthodontic correction. However, with increasingly modern techniques, the need for removing teeth is greatly reduced. We can assure you that we never remove teeth unless it is both necessary and in the patient's best long-term interest.


Q: Can I still have braces even though I have crowns, bridges and root fillings?

A: Yes, you can still have braces with crowns and bridges. Orthodontic treatment will help align your natural teeth correctly, so that bridges and crowns can be properly placed. We can also work around existing restorations. Root filled teeth respond to treatment in the same way as vital teeth.


Q: Will braces leave marks on my teeth?

A: No. The bonding agents used today contain fluoride so the teeth are protected underneath the brace. However, if your oral hygiene/teeth cleaning routine is poor, the accumulation of plaque can result in the formation of marks on the teeth. Eating sugary foods and drinking fizzy drinks greatly increases this risk.


Q: What is the best age to begin treatment?

A: The age of treatment varies with the patient's needs. We do not put braces on every patient who visits us. If a patient is not ready for treatment, we will periodically review the situation until the time for treatment is right.


Q: Why do I need braces if my teeth are straight?

A: The goal of orthodontic treatment is more than straight teeth. The most important part of your smile is a good bite. Even though your teeth may be straight, your bite may be incorrect and need re-aligning for optimum health.


Q: Can I still have braces if I have some teeth missing?

A: Absolutely! Often when teeth are missing, adjacent teeth will drift into the empty space causing a periodontal (gum), aesthetic (appearance) or functional (eating) problem. Orthodontic treatment will correct and prevent this from happening and also provide the proper alignment for your dentist to replace the missing teeth if you so choose.

The Smile Suite - Award Winning Bristol Orthodontics

Appointments

Tel: 0117 974 6550

Email: info@thesmilesuite.com

Opening Hours

Monday 8.00am - 4.00pm
Tuesday 8.00am - 4.00pm
Wednesday 8.00am - 6.15pm
Thursday 8.00am - 4.00pm
Friday 8.00am - 1.30pm
Weekends Closed
Bank Holidays Closed

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