Orthodontics / Braces
Orthodontic treatment is not only designed to improve the appearance of your smile, but the health of your gums and teeth as well. By seeking orthodontic treatment, you can possibly avoid severe tooth decay, gum and bone loss, irregular wear of the tooth enamel and jaw joints pain.
From conventional braces to advanced technology, we are confident we can help you to achieve and maintain the beautiful, healthy smile you’ve always wanted.
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The amount of time on braces can vary depending on the individual patient, as every smile responds differently and complexity of the condition.. Treatment times can take anywhere between 6 and 30 months or more
Braces do not often hurt; however, you may feel a small amount of discomfort or ulcer for a couple days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth gets used to your new braces. This can easily relieved with orthodontic wax. Initially, you might feel mild tightness as teeth are being shifted. After a few days, the discomfort lessens as you get used to them and as your teeth get straighter with time. If the discomfort/ulcer is severe, please inform our dentist and schedule for an earlier appointment.
It depends on the severity of the teeth crowding. Sometimes, teeth can be aligned without the need for extractions. In some situations, extraction is needed to create space for aligning crooked teeth properly and achieving good overall treatment outcome.
Gaps can be closed through various methods. Our dentist will assess the cause and nature of the gaps, the location and the size of the gaps so that a comprehensive treatment can be planned. Braces are more versatile to deal with gaps between teeth as braces can close gaps of various sizes and positions, and re-distribute the remaining gaps for an aesthetic filling or teeth replacement. Braces can also be combined with composite resin bonding. With composite resin bonding, a tooth-colored filling is added to the teeth to make them bigger so as to close the spaces. Porcelain veneers may also be another option.
A retainer is the only way to permanently maintain straight teeth.
Orthodontic treatment is an investment and you want to make sure it pays off. If you don’t wear a retainer your teeth might shift back to how they were pre-braces. There are 2 types of retainer: Essix vacuum clear retainer and Hawley retainer
- ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
- Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask our dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities!
- Use the interdental brush or water flosser to clean beneath the wire.
- Avoid sticky and chewy foods ( chewing gum, gummy bears, kuihs), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes), or any foods that could possibly get stuck in your braces (corn on the cob, soft bagels etc.).
- Avoid foods with a lot of sugar, which increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, causing more plaque and possibly cavities.
- If one of your wires or brackets breaks, don’t panic. Don’t try to bend the wire or pull it out, which could make things worse. Just cover any sharp edges with wax provided, and call our clinic as soon as possible
- If you take out your retainer to eat, remember to keep it safe in its container so that it does not get lost or broken.
- Keep your retainer clean, too, by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Do not put your retainer in boiling water or in the dishwasher.