This page answers some of the most commonly asked questions we hear from our patients.
To have your FAQs about braces answered, please read below:
How long will it take?
The length of treatment depends on the severity of the problem. Simple cases may take as little as 6 months, whereas more complicated ones can take as long as 30 months. With normal braces however, the average treatment time is 18 months.
Can I speed up treatment?
Yes. By maintaining excellent oral hygiene, wearing your elastics all the time as instructed, avoiding hard foods which can break brackets, and keeping all your scheduled appointments, you can speed up treatment by 2-3 months!
How often do I need to have my braces adjusted?
Appointment intervals are usually every 4-5 weeks initially and later 6 to 8 weeks. Each adjustment appointment is commonly a short 30-minute visit.
Will it hurt?
It is painless to have your braces fitted. No pliers, drills or needles are used. The braces are simply ‘stuck’ on using tweezers and glue. The reason why the appointment can take a while is that the dentist needs to spend time making sure the braces are accurately positioned. 2 hours after your appointment, you will start to feel some pressure on the teeth as the wire begins to work. Discomfort usually peaks at the 24 hour mark, after which the pain tends to subside. Braces are like new shoes, at first it will take some getting used to, but after a week or so you won’t even realise you have them on!