Do Braces Hurt?
You may need braces if
- You have breathing or swallowing problems : Mouth breathing can lead to snoring and sleep apnoea.
- You have cross bite : One or more upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth (towards the tongue).
- You have crowding : Involving extra teeth or mal-positioned teeth.
- You have deep overbite : The lower front teeth bite into the upper tissue of the upper teeth.
- You have disfiguring of the face & mouth : Affects the development of the jaw and position of the teeth.
- You have jaw & jaw joint pain
- You have missing or extra teeth : Due to tooth decay, injuries, or inherited problems.
- You have over jet (protruding upper teeth) : Upper teeth that protrude beyond normal and are usually associated with a short lower jaw.
- You have spacing between teeth : Teeth are missing or may be too small or too large.
- You have speech, chewing or biting problems
- You have under bite (lower jaw protrusion) : Lower jaw is longer than the upper jaw.
Please talk to your dentist if you feel you would benefit from braces.
Orthodontic treatment involves three phases:
- Planning Phase : Your first couple of visits may include the following:
- A medical and dental history evaluation.
- Castings or “moulds” of your teeth.
- Computer generated photograph of the head and neck that will aid in planning.
- Photographs of your face and mouth.
- X-rays of the teeth and jaws.
After careful planning, your orthodontist will design and apply braces or fabricate custom-made appliances for you.
- Active Phase : Active treatment involves visiting your orthodontist on a regular basis for adjustments and following specific treatment requirements to ensure successful treatment.
- Retention Phase : When treatment is completed, the braces and/or appliances are removed and a new appliance is made. Usually these retainers are removable and will maintain the changes made to your teeth if worn continuously until the teeth and bone are stabilized in their new positions.
Treatment and retention times vary depending on each individual case.