Read the most frequently asked questions for braces.
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Do I need braces?
It is estimated that more than 50% of the population could benefit from some type of orthodontic treatment. Are your teeth noticeably crooked? Do you have gaps or an overbite? Do you have difficultly chewing your food or muscle pain related to a poor bite? Do you have problems cleaning between crowded teeth? Also, if you are hesitant to smile, laugh or even talk in public because of the way your teeth look, it is time to seriously consider braces.
What will it cost?
The average cost for braces depends on a variety of factors, most importantly the difficulty or simplicity of your particular case. Additionally the type of brace system you choose can affect the cost of treatment.
We are happy to work with you in creating a payment plan that you can afford and many health funds cover some portion of corrective orthodontic treatment. Also tax rebates apply to combined out-of-pocket medical / dental expenditure beyond $1,500 per year.
(For more information see Australian Tax Office Website)
When should braces be fitted?
Braces are important at any age. People with braces range in age from six to sixty and older! However, most people get braces during their teen years when their adult teeth are in place. Sometimes early treatment is needed if there is a problem with the way the teeth are coming through or the way jaw bones are growing.
It is important to remember that you’re never too old for braces either. Adult orthodontic treatment is highly successful but often requires a slightly longer treatment time.
How long will it take?
Treatment time depends on the difficulty of your case and your age. You will be given an approximate time frame at your first office visit. Remember though, the best way to complete your treatment as quickly as possible is to follow Dr. Barber’s instructions to the letter!
Will I need to give braces special care?
Yes! Cleaning and flossing your teeth is especially important with braces. You can eat your favourite foods – just be careful with hard or sticky foods. If you are used to chewing your nails or pencils you wil need to break these habits.
How often do I need to have my braces adjusted?
Once your braces are fitted you will need to have them adjusted. These visits are mostly short appointments that occur 6 to 8 weeks apart. At your adjustment visit you will have the opportunity to change your colours and depending on your stage of treatment Dr. Barber may also change your wire.
Will I need to have teeth removed?
In some cases teeth may need to be removed, in order to make enough room to fit crowded teeth into position. Fortunately, modern orthodontics involves a much lower requirement to remove teeth, and, if treated at the correct age, teeth may only need to be removed in 10 to 15 percent of cases.
Do braces hurt?
The majority of patients experience slight discomfort when their braces are first fitted and then a day or two after each adjustment.
Will I still be able to talk when I have braces?
Yes, standard braces should not affect how you talk or the sound of your voice.
In certain cases, we may need to use an appliance that could get in the way of your tongue. You may then experience slight trouble talking clearly for a day or two. However, your tongue will then readjust and you will be able to talk like normal.
Will braces cause ulcers in my mouth?
Usually, sore spots develop right after you first get your braces. While you're waiting for them to heal and toughen up, you can try padding whatever is rubbing your cheek with wax or cotton balls.
Does it hurt to eat with braces?
While your teeth are sore in the early days of your treatment and after adjustment visits, you will need to eat softer foods and nutritious drinks. Hard foods can be made softer by chopping, blending, mashing and cooking. Once things have settled down your diet can return to normal.
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