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Frequently Asked Questions

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We answer your most common questions!


Your First Visit

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.

Does age matter in Orthodontic Treatments?

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.

What about getting orthodontic treatment in Nothern Ireland or overseas?

Before you consider this option, bear in mind that a typical course of treatment may require 15 – 20 visits to your orthodontist. Balbriggan Braces offers you orthodontic treatment at competitive prices. Furthermore, we are available and nearby if you have any problems or concerns.

Having an attractive smile how worthwhile is it?

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.

Will braces damage or discolour my teeth?

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.

Im worried I can't afford orthodontic treatment

Treatment and its cost can be tailored to your circumstances and requirements. Payment of orthodontic fees can be spread over the duration of treatment without interest charges.

Do braces hurt?

After a period adjustment, like breaking in a new pair of shoes, braces are comfortable.

Are braces hard to clean?

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.

How long does treatment take?

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?

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.

What will my friends think?

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.

How can I fit the fee into my family budget?

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.

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If you want to book a free consultation, or to discuss our brace fitting treatments. We have a range of treatments to help give you straighter teeth and a beautiful smile!

Opening Hours:

  • Mon 9.00am – 6.00pm
  • Tues: 9.00am – 8.00pm
  • Wed: 9.00am – 5.00pm
  • Thurs: 9.00am – 5.00pm
  • Fri: 8:00am – 5.00pm

Balbriggan Braces, 61 Drogheda St, Tankardstown, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin, K32 D252, Ireland

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