Frequently Asked Questions
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that specializes in the treatment of malalignment of the teeth and jaws. Usually this involves the use of braces that are fixed to the teeth.
Will braces cause pain?
The first time you wear braces, there will be some discomfort when you eat. This usually disappears after about 10 days. You should try eating soft food to lessen the discomfort.
With the use of modern technology, such as thermal wires, and the use of light forces, wearing braces is not as painful as in the past.
I am still apprehensive about wearing braces.
Most people are apprehensive about starting something new and unknown. This prevents them from seeking treatment to improve their smile and bad bite.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step
The first step is to find out as much as you can on braces. It is also advisable to have a consultation with an orthodontist to address questions that are specific to yourself. Our consultation charge is $25 and you can ask as many questions as you like. There is no obligation for you to start treatment. If you decide to have the recommended treatment, then the consultation fee will be offset from the braces fee.
What are the benefits of wearing braces?
Braces can create a beautiful smile by straightening and moving protruding teeth inward. An unattractive smile can affect a person's self esteem and confidence.
Some bad bites can cause speech and chewing problems. Braces will also help to address these problems.
When should I see an orthodontist?
Generally braces are put on after the last milk tooth has dropped, i.e. about 11 to 12 years of age. However it is better to see an orthodontist at age 8 to 9 to have an assessment as sometimes, early treatment may be beneficial to the growth of the jaw bones and/or to prevent complications.
Are braces suitable for adults?
In recent years, more adults are seeking braces treatment to improve their smile. They see it as an investment on themselves. All adults should maintain healthy teeth and a beautiful smile, and sometimes they may need braces to help them achieve this. 1 in 5 braces patients is over 21 years old! Also, over time, adults may experience bone loss or gum disease, which can be prevented with proper orthodontics procedures.
Many of our adult patients choose to use clear aligners, so no one has to know you are wearing braces!
Is extraction necessary?
In some cases, extraction is necessary to create space for the teeth to straighten. However not all cases requires extraction and it is best that you see an orthodontist to check whether you need extraction.
Can I pay by instalments?
Yes, treatment fee may be paid by monthly installments.