Orthodontic treatment does come with a lot of questions. Here are the answers to the questions we get asked most often.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is an arm of dentistry which focuses on the correct alignment of teeth and jaws. It also looks at your overall facial profile to ensure your teeth and jaws are growing in proportion to your overall face shape.
What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
An orthodontist will have trained as a dentist initially, but then gone on to undertake post-graduate study in the field of orthodontics. This is a specialist qualification which takes an extra two to three years. At Torque Orthodontics, our orthodontists continue to embark on training to make sure they provide our patients with the latest in orthodontic care.
Does orthodontic treatment hurt?
No, orthodontic treatment doesn’t hurt but it can be a little uncomfortable to being with. When your braces or aligners are first fitted and your teeth begin to move, this can give you some discomfort like a headache. Over the counter pain relief is usually all you will need for this and the discomfort will go in a day or two.
How long does orthodontic treatment take?
This is entirely dependent on the type of orthodontic treatment you are receiving and your specific case. Because every set of teeth is different, no two patients have the same requirements. However, you can usually expect orthodontic treatment to take between 12 and 24 months. Invisalign does have a method of treatment, known as Invisalign i7, which is designed for people who only need minor tooth alignment of their front teeth. This can be achieved in as little as 3 months.
How often will I have appointments?
Adjustment appointments are usually scheduled 8 to 12 weeks apart. On arrival at our practice and prior to departure, please notify the receptionist of your arrival and to arrange your next appointment.
If I play sports must I wear a mouthguard?
If you play full contact sports, such as football or hockey, you need to wear a mouthguard. Custom-made mouthguards will not fit for long, as your teeth are constantly moving. Our orthodontists can mould a mouthguard for you at your appointment, so please inform us if you require one. There is an additional cost for a mouthguard.
What should I do if I have a problem with my brackets or wires?
|Poking wire||As your teeth straighten, the archwire may begin to poke out of the very back brackets and bands, causing it to rub on your cheeks. Place wax over the poking wire. If the wire gets too long, call our office and we will arrange an appointment for you to have the wire trimmed.|
|Snapped archwire||If the archwire is poking, place wax over the area. Call our office so that we can arrange an appointment for you to have the wire replaced.|
|Loose bands or brackets||Place wax over the band or bracket if needed. Call our office so we can arrange an appointment to fix the problem.|
Still got a question about orthodontics? Contact us today and we’ll be happy to answer it for you.