South Yarra Orthodontics

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Top 10 commonly asked questions about orthodontic treatment

Get all the key information you need for orthodontic treatment at South Yarra Orthodontics in one comprehensive list of the top 10 commonly asked questions.

  1. Does orthodontic treatment cause pain?  It is common to experience discomfort after braces adjustments, but it normally goes away after a day or two. Eating soft foods can help to alleviate the discomfort.
  2. Do orthodontic appliances cause allergic reactions? In very rare cases, some people may be allergic to certain metals used in braces or latex gloves. Braces can also cause gum irritation, which is not an allergic reaction but should be monitored.
  3. How long does orthodontic treatment take? The length of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the severity of the orthodontic problem, cooperation, and growth of the individual. Typically, people wear braces for 18 – 36 months.
  4. What are some discreet orthodontic options? “Invisible” braces, such as lingual braces or clear aligners like Invisalign, can provide a more discreet appearance compared to traditional braces.
  5. Can adults have orthodontic treatment? Yes, adults can have orthodontics treatment. The duration of adult orthodontics depends on the complexity of the case. On average, adult orthodontic treatment is completed within 12-18 months, and purely cosmetic treatment options may take even less time.
  6. Will braces or Invisalign clear aligners affect my speech? Some patients may experience temporary changes in speech during the initial days or weeks of treatment, but these issues usually resolve as the mouth adjusts.
  7. What does an orthodontist do? An orthodontist is a highly qualified dental specialist who can diagnose, prevent, and treat teeth and jaw alignment issues. They undergo extensive training to specialise in orthodontics.
  8. When should my child first see an orthodontist? The first visit to an orthodontist is recommended around the ages of 7-10. Treatment may not be necessary at this age, but early evaluations can prevent future problems.
  9. Do I need a referral to see an orthodontist?  A referral is not necessary to see an orthodontist, but it can be helpful if your general dentist or another specialist has specific concerns.
  10. What functional benefits does orthodontic treatment have? Orthodontic treatment helps maintain oral health, prevents tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental issues. Early treatment can be more cost-effective and prevent the need for more extensive orthodontic procedures later on.