Here are answers to some of the questions we hear most from our patients.
Once you have braces, you will still be able to do the things you love, such as playing sports and musical instruments. The only thing you might need to adjust is your diet - depending on the type of orthodontic appliance you end up with. We recommend you avoid hard, sticky foods (like lollies or ice chips) as these can cause your braces to come loose. We also suggest you limit the number of soft drinks you consume while receiving treatment, as the sugar and acid can eat away at the enamel of your teeth.
Modern braces are much gentler and less bulky than they used to be. The only time your braces may feel uncomfortable is after they have been fitted or tightened, but this discomfort should only last for a day or so and can be easily treated with over the counter pain relief, such as Paracetamol.
Each patient is unique, and so is the cost of their treatment. The price will depend on the severity of the problem and the treatment required. We provide flexible payment plans for all our treatment options, which you can read about, below.
Treatment time will vary depending on the treatment type, and the severity and complexity of your case. Most patients can expect treatment to last between 10 and 20 months, but Dr Mike will be able to give you a more exact timeframe when he creates your custom treatment plan. In some cases that only require minor adjustments, treatments such as Invisalign® Express could take less than three months.
Invisalign® treatment is a great option for most patients, regardless of age or the severity of their dental misalignment. With Dr Mike’s experience using the Invisalign® system, over 95% of our patients are eligible for the clear aligner treatment. When you visit us for your initial consultation we will advise you of your treatment options, but in most cases, you will have the option of either traditional braces or Invisalign® clear aligner treatment.
If you want to keep your new, straight smile, it is important to wear a retainer after treatment. Without a retainer, your teeth will want to drift back out of alignment. We recommend clear removable retainers as these tend to be the most reliable option.
As techniques continue to improve, it is rarely required to extract teeth nowadays. Dr Mike will do everything he can to avoid extractions, and only recommend them if he thinks they are necessary.
No. You can arrange a consultation without your dentist’s referral; however, we may ask you to see your dentist for a check-up prior to beginning any treatment. If you do not have a dentist, we will happily provide you with some options.
Yes! You can still play all the sports you love. If you participate in contact sports, we recommend you wear a special mouthguard to protect your teeth and orthodontic appliance. Invisalign® treatment is also a great option for teens who play a lot of sports.
For our patients who play a wind instrument, we typically recommend choosing Invisalign® treatment over braces. Clear aligners will only change the lip profile minimally, while playing with braces may prove more challenging. If you do choose braces, it is still possible to play your instrument using orthodontic wax and an instrument cover.
Orthodontic treatment should not interfere with the way you speak. Certain appliances have a minor effect on your voice when they are first fitted; however, your speech should return to normal in a few days once your body adjusts to your new appliance.