Orthodontics Leeds FAQ

How painful are braces?

There is no pain associated with braces, however, a degree of discomfort may be associated with the treatment especially in the loosened teeth but that shouldn’t last for more than 48 hours or so. With adjustments, temporary discomfort may occur as well but the level of discomfort is reduced as the treatment progresses.

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How sore will my mouth and lips be after the braces are in place?

Due to the sensitive nature of the mouth and lips tissues, any minor changes can cause a degree of discomfort and even irritation. The braces may create a discomfort to your gums in some areas but does not last for more than a few days. The pressure on your teeth due to the braces action may also cause discomfort and make you feel that your teeth are too tightly packed, however, this also does not last for more than a few days. In areas where the braces touch your lips, sores spots may develop. You may be given clear wax by your orthodontist to cover the areas of your braces that cause the soreness. The soreness in your lips should not last for more than a few days and if it does, get in touch with your orthodontist or our recommended orthodontist.

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How long will the treatment take?

The length of treatment is dependent on the nature of the problem and how severe it is. Basically how many teeth need to be moved and how far are they to be moved. Treatment could take from a few months to two and a half years. The average time expected would be around 24 month but many patients finish their treatment in 1 to two years and it varies from case to case. Generally it takes slightly longer to treat adults than children. Of course other factors that affect the treatment time may include general health issues, health of teeth, gums and bones and at least as importantly, how cooperative the patient is and how good they are at the following the orthodontists instructions. Orthodontic treatments are a commitment in terms of time and resources for you the patient and the orthodontist a like and wasting them by incompliance and being uncooperative is irresponsible.

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How to maintain your oral hygiene when you have braces on?

Your orthodontist will give you details on how to maintain your oral hygiene during and after the treatment. Due to the delicate nature of braces it is important to be careful as you clean your teeth to avoid breaking them. It is also important to clean your braces and teeth thoroughly and not neglect seeing the dentist on regular basis. How you clean your teeth and braces depends on the type of braces you are wearing. You will be shown how to clean your teeth and will be taught any special techniques by your orthodontist. You may need to watch what you eat and avoid sugary and sticky foods as well as ice and other hard foods like carrots as they may affect the appliance you are wearing which would obviously lengthen your treatment. Generally, brush your teeth after every meal with a fluoride rich toothpaste and you may wish to use a mouth wash.

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Would habits like bruxism, clenching and biting affect me when I am wearing braces?

Habit like bruxism, nail biting, teeth clenching or chewing on hard objects like pens can damage or beak you braces. You must avoid such habits and if you clench your teeth whilst asleep make sure to tell that to your orthodontist.

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How many visits to orthodontist will it take?

Orthodontic braces are adjusted every 6 to 8 weeks. Therefore, depending on the length of your treatment, you may need to see the orthodontist quite a few times. However, the time intervals may vary at different stages of the treatment.

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How successful are treatments?

It takes two hands to applaud! The skills of your orthodontist and your enthusiasm and cooperation work hand in hand to give the best successful result.

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What activities can I not engage in when I am wearing my braces?

Generally, you have braces done and get on with your life as normal. However, if you wish to play sports you are advised to be extra cautious. If your braces are removable remove them and keep them in the case before you swim or perform contact sports. You must remember to put them back as soon as possible to avoid having to prolong the treatment course. Your braces are not removable, you are advised to wear a mouthguard on top of them. Please make sure you inform your orthodontist who can custom make a mouthguard for you to wear when you are doing sports.

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What if I lose my removable braces?

If you lose your braces get in touch with your orthodontist as soon as possible and DO NOT WAIT till your next routine appointment. If you do not get your braces back on as soon as possible the treatment time is prolonged and you risk causing a treatment failure where your teeth go back to their pretreatment position.

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My teeth are where they need to be! why do I need a retainer?

As we grow, the shape of our bones changes and with it, the position of the teeth. When you modify the position of your teeth by means of an orthodontic appliance, the stability of the bones and gum is low as they have yet to adapt to the new position of your teeth. To maintain the perfect smile and ideal position of teeth it is important to stabilise the new structure of your teeth and bones and that is done by the retainers which stabilise and insure a relapse into the new treatment look does not happen. The type of retainers you use will depend on the original problem. The retainer can be either fixed or removable. How long you wear it for depends on the original problem and your orthodontist will be more able to comment on that. However, to insure a relapse does not happen you may need to wear a removable retainer for 1 or 2 night a week for the rest of your life. If the retainer is lost or broken you should get in touch with your orthodontist to prevent a relapse in the position of your teeth.

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How much do braces cost?

The cost of braces will vary depending on what option you use and what the nature of the problem is. Some treatments maybe covered fully/partially by the NHS and some are only done on private basis. The costs will vary but you may be able to make use of a payment plan offered by our recommended orthodontist.

For more information please get in touch with our recommended multi-award winning Orthodontist in Leeds.

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