Frequently Asked Questions
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We answer your most common questions!
What will happen at the initial visit? On your first visit we will briefly review your medical and dental history before looking at the your profile and lips and how they influence your smile. We will then examine your teeth and how they fit together. At this stage we can discuss the following:
- Is there an orthodontic problem and if so what is it?
- What treatment might be done to correct the problem?
- What is the likelihood of teeth needing to be removed as part of the recommended treatment?
- How long will treatment take?
- How much will treatment cost?
Do I have any say in what orthodontic treatment I receive? You will be fully involved in the process of putting together a treatment plan best suited for you. Will my teeth straighten as they grow? Unfortunately, more often than not, they will not get straighter. This is because after a certain age the space available for front teeth does not increase. In fact, orthodontic research has shown that the crowding you see in the early teens is likely to worsen by the time you reach your early twenties. Do I need a referral from my family dentist? This is not necessary. Many patients take the initiative to book an initial consultation themselves. However, your family dentist is best placed to ensure that that you are dentally fit before beginning a course of orthodontic treatment.
Many adults seeing the success of their children’s orthodontic treatment decide to have braces themselves. There are no age limits provided you have healthy teeth and gums. It is important to see your dentist on an ongoing basis for optimal dental health.
Before you consider this option, bear in mind that a typical course of treatment may require 15 – 20 visits to your orthodontist. Dundrum Orthodontics offers you orthodontic treatment at competitive prices. Furthermore, we are available and nearby if you have any problems or concerns.
An attractive smile is a wonderful asset. It contributes to self-esteem and self-confidence – important qualities at every age. In this way it can benefit social and career success.
As with any medical treatment there are risks and limitations inherent in orthodontics. We will explain how these can be minimised or eliminated before treatment starts. Suffice to say at this stage that the key to healthy teeth and gums with or without braces is proper cleaning and plaque removal every day.
After a period adjustment, like breaking in a new pair of shoes, braces are comfortable.
At first doing a good job removing plaque from your teeth may seem difficult, but with our coaching and your perseverance it will get easier.
In general, treatment time can range from three months to three years depending on the severity of your problem. While there is a time commitment patients are rewarded with a beautiful smile and optimal jaw alignment that lasts a lifetime.
6-month braces are designed for treatment of the front six teeth only. There is minimal disruption to your bite and in the right cases they are a simple and elegant way of achieving a great smile in the minimum time. Ceramic brackets are the ideal accompaniment to this quick and less invasive approach.
Most people realise the benefits of an attractive smile. The days of orthodontic treatment being for teenagers only are long gone. Furthermore, today’s braces are much less obvious and can be almost invisible as is the case with our Invisalign treatment.
Orthodontic costs and payment options will be discussed at your first visit. We offer a number of interest free payment options, the fee is divided into monthly installments and we except all major credit and debit cards.
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean, are at risk of being lost early due to tooth decay and periodontal disease, and cause extra stress on the chewing muscles that can lead to headaches, TMJ syndrome and neck, shoulder and back pain. Teeth that are crooked or not in the right place can also detract from one’s appearance.
Invisalign treatment is a virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth. Using advanced 3D computer-imaging technology, Invisalign shows you your complete treatment plan based on your Invisalign Provider’s prescription, from the initial position of your teeth towards the final desired position. Then a series of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth to move them little by little. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series, gradually moving towards the projected final position. The treatment time depends on your specific needs and will be decided by your Invisalign Provider. How does Invisalign work? Invisalign aligners move teeth through a series of carefully controlled movements. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign treatment not only controls the amount of movement that each aligner delivers, but also the timing of the movement. So, at each stage, only certain teeth can move, following the Invisalign treatment plan for that particular stage. This results in an efficient force delivery system.
What are aligners made of and what do they look like? The virtually invisible aligners are made of strong medical grade thermoplastic material, uniquely developed for the Invisalign® System. The aligners are custom-made for you and fit snugly over your teeth.
How does Invisalign® work? Invisalign aligners move teeth through a series of carefully controlled movements. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign not only controls the amount of movement that each aligner delivers, but also the timing of the movement. So, at each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move, following the Invisalign treatment plan for that particular stage. This results in an efficient force delivery system. How long does the Invisalign treatment take? The time taken depends on the complexity of the treatment and is generally comparable to that of traditional braces. During your consultation, your Invisalign Provider can give you more detailed information. Is the Invisalign treatment painful? Some people may experience temporary, minor discomfort for a few days when they insert a new aligner at the beginning of each new stage of treatment. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It’s a sign that the aligners are working and it usually goes away in a couple of days. Once Invisalign treatment is complete is a retainer necessary? Wearing a retainer after any orthodontic treatment is an important step, because it keeps teeth stable in their new positions. If you want your teeth to remain in their ideal position, it’s best to wear a retainer as directed by an Invisalign Provider. In many cases your last aligner will be your temporary retainer, until your retention option is determined. Your Invisalign Provider can advise you on longer term retention options.
Does the procedure work on overbites? An Invisalign® Provider can use Invisalign to treat overbites in the vast majority of adults and adolescents. Consult an Invisalign Provider to find out whether Invisalign is suitable for you. Are bridges a factor in Invisalign treatment? Because bridges firmly link two or more teeth together, they offer significant resistance to tooth movement. Your Invisalign Provider will be able to work out whether bridges will be a factor in your treatment. Are crowns an issue in Invisalign treatment? Crowns (tooth caps) are usually not an issue in Invisalign treatment. However, sometimes in Invisalign treatment small tooth-coloured composites called ‘attachments’ are bonded onto teeth to help achieve certain movements, and these are more difficult to bond on crowns than on teeth. In these cases, the location of the crowns needs to be carefully evaluated. An Invisalign Provider can provide further advice. Can Invisalign treatment close gaps? Yes. Spaces between teeth are generally easy to close with Invisalign. Consult an Invisalign Provider to find out whether Invisalign is suitable for you. Will TMJ affect Invisalign treatment? TMJ refers to the temporomandibular or jaw joint. People with a TMJ condition can have a number of problems, some of which can be aggravated by appliances and treatments like Invisalign, and some of which can improve or remain the same. To find out if your treatment will have adverse effect on your TMJ problem, consult an Invisalign Provider. Since having my braces removed, my teeth have shifted. Can Invisalign treatment correct this? A number of Invisalign patients have undergone a treatment involving braces at some point in their past, often during their youth. Invisalign can usually correct the shifting that occurs after braces – often referred to as a relapse. I am currently wearing braces. Can I make the switch to Invisalign treatment? A significant number of patients are being treated with a combination of braces and the Invisalign System. Consult an Invisalign Provider to work out the best treatment for you.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign treatment is a virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth. Using advanced 3D computer-imaging technology, Invisalign shows you your complete treatment plan based on your Invisalign Provider’s prescription, from the initial position of your teeth towards the final desired position. Then a series of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth to move them little by little. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series, gradually moving towards the projected final position. The treatment time depends on your specific needs and will be decided by your Invisalign Provider.