For the majority of patients we see at our specialist dental clinic, the motivation for embarking on orthodontal treatment is cosmetic. There are, however, other implications associated with crooked or crowded teeth; efficient cleaning, for example, is difficult and inflamed gums a routine complication. An additional benefit of re-aligning your teeth is a functional and well-balanced bite: when the teeth are straight, they can play their intended role in the chewing and biting process.
During your consultation with Dr. Ramesh Gupta, our highly experienced orthodontist, every aspect of your treatment will be discussed in detail before an individualised plan is agreed on.
At Smile By Design, we prioritise making dental treatment as pain-free as possible. The appliances may feel strange and a little uncomfortable at first, but not painful.
It is important to be vigilant in the care of your teeth during your treatment as food can get trapped in the braces causing more than the usual amount of plaque to accumulate; left untreated, this could permanently harm your teeth. Dr Ramesh Gupta, will give you guidance on an effective home-care oral hygiene regime to avoid such damage.
This will depend entirely on your individual case. Simple cases may be completed within six months, but most will take 12 to 24 months.
Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. For most children, several permanent teeth have erupted by this age, allowing the orthodontist to effectively evaluate the patient’s orthodontic condition.
No, they will not. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow. In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.
No patient is "too old" to wear braces! A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health and happiness are vitally important to adults, and orthodontic treatment can increase your self-esteem at any age.
Overall treatment time depends on each patient's specific orthodontic problem(s). In general, treatment times range from 12 to 30 months. The "average" timespan a patient wears braces is approximately 22 months.
Appointments are scheduled according to each patient's needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every five to 10 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.
Yes. We understand your schedule is busy, and we are happy to help you make the most of your time. On some occasions, we may request to speak with a parent when they return, so we ask that parents check-in with their patient manager before dropping off their child.
Generally, braces do not "hurt." After certain appointments, your teeth may be sore for a few days. In these situations, over-the-counter pain medications, such as Advil or Tylenol, will ease the discomfort. However, after most visits, patients do not feel any soreness at all! We often remind our patients, “It does not have to hurt to work!”
Yes! We recommend that patients wear mouthguards while playing sports. Musicians will likely experience an adjustment period until they are comfortable playing while wearing braces.
Yes! Regular check-ups with your general dentist are important while in braces. Your dentist will determine the intervals between each cleaning appointment while you have your braces.
Patients should brush their teeth at least four times each day – after each meal and before going to bed. We will also show you how to floss your teeth with braces, and we may provide a prescription for a special fluoride treatment, if necessary.
Yes. Once treatment begins, we will explain our complete instructions and provide you with a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. Some of those foods include ice, hard candy, raw vegetables and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and taffy). You can avoid most repair appointments by carefully following our instructions!