Common orthodontic questions

  1. What are my teeth straightening options?

There are many affordable and suitable teeth straightening options available, but the most common ones are:

Your choice of orthodontic treatment depends on your dental problems and should be discussed with your dentist or orthodontist.

  1. Will I need to use a retainer after treatment?

Yes, you will. In order to prevent the straightened teeth from shifting again, retainers are recommended. Depending on the treatment you receive and how severe your initial misalignment was, you may be required to wear the retainer for several hours during the day. However, in most cases, retainers are only used at night.

 

  1. Will I need to use retainers for the rest of my life?

Generally, you will be advised to use your retainers for 12 – 22 hours a day for the first 12 months following your orthodontic treatment. Afterwards, you should preferably use your retainers at least 3 times a week for the remainder of your life to ensure that your teeth do not begin shifting again.

 

  1. Will I still need to visit my regular dentist when undergoing orthodontic treatment?

Yes! It is very important to continue with your regular dental check-up and clean, especially when you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Braces can make cleaning difficult which will allow plaque, tartar, and bacteria to accumulate in the mouth causing disease and infection. Getting your teeth professionally and regularly cleaned with help prevent this build-up and protect your teeth. Your dentist can also check on your treatment and make sure that all is progressing as planned.