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FAQs about orthodontics
FAQs about Orthodontics
At Eden Orthodontics, we know choosing orthodontic treatment is a big decision. We understand that many of our patients have questions they would like answered before committing to treatment. We hope you’ll find the information in this section helpful to you!
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialist area of dentistry that focuses on straightening teeth and aligning jaws. Not only can orthodontics perfect a patient’s smile, it can also improve their overall facial profile.
What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
An orthodontist has all the same training as a dentist, but has chosen to further specialise in straightening teeth. To do so, they have embarked on a further two-to-three years of postgraduate training. An orthodontist focuses mainly on correcting the position of your teeth, rather than day-to-day maintenance such as fillings.
Does it hurt to have braces?
No, braces shouldn’t hurt. When they are first placed, and after they are first tightened, you can expect your mouth and teeth to be a bit tender as they adjust. This will only last for a day or two and can be treated with over-the-counter pain relief.
How do I know if I need braces?
If you are concerned about your teeth, or suffer from a common orthodontic problem, you can book a free consultation with us and we can talk you through your treatment options. Our Treatment Coordinator can help you decide if braces are right for you.
Can anyone wear braces?
Yes, orthodontic treatment is for everyone – children, teenagers and adults. At Eden Orthodontics, we have teeth-straightening treatment options available for all ages 7 and up. It’s never too late to achieve your perfect smile!
How much do braces cost?
The cost of braces depends on a couple of factors: treatment type and treatment duration. Each patient of ours has a unique set of needs, so there is no one-size-fits-all answer to costs. We will do our absolute best to ensure that the treatment option chosen for you is affordable. We have a guide to our treatment fees on our cost and finance page page, as well as information on payment plans to work with every budget.
I’ve heard about Invisalign®. What is it?
Invisalign® orthodontic treatment is an innovative method that uses smooth, clear plastic aligners to move teeth, rather than the brackets and archwires of traditional metal braces. This treatment is virtually invisible and simple to use. You can find out more about Invisalign on our Invisalign FAQ page.
Is it true I can only eat soft foods while wearing braces?
There are some foods you’ll need to avoid when wearing braces, but on the whole, your diet isn’t likely to change very much. The main thing to remember is that if you damage your braces, this can affect the length of your treatment time. When we fit you with braces, we’ll let you know what is best to avoid, such as hard boiled sweets, chewing gum and sugary drinks.
Still have questions?
If you have further questions about orthodontics, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can also book a free consultation and come visit us at our clinic. We’re happy to answer any questions, on the phone or in person, so you can make an informed decision about whether orthodontic treatment is right for you.