Orthodontic treatments what you need to know

If you are thinking of having orthodontic treatments, you will need to know about the benefits and risks. You may want to ask some questions before you decide whether to go ahead.

What is orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatments involves wearing braces (removable and/or fixed). It may involve the extraction of teeth and, very occasionally, jaw surgery.

What are the possible benefits of orthodontic treatments?

  • improve the appearance of the teeth and face.
  • improve the bite and make it easier to eat.
  • Orthodontic treatments can help improve the health of the teeth and gums.

What are the possible risks of orthodontic treatments?

Patients should finish their orthodontic treatment with healthy teeth and gums. Unfortunately, some patients do experience problems during orthodontic treatment. Your dentist will talk to you about the common risks of treatment and those that might particularly affect you.

Will I end up with marks on my teeth?

Your teeth will be damaged unless you keep them clean and are sensible about what you eat and drink.

Make sure this doesn’t happen to you!

It is important to brush your teeth well, at least twice a day, with fluoride toothpaste. If you do not keep your teeth and brace clean, you risk ending up with permanent white or brown marks on your teeth. Rinsing with fluoride mouth-rinse at bedtime, after tooth brushing, will also help to
keep your teeth healthy. If you have too many sweets, sugary foods, fruit drinks, or fizzy drinks, you also risk ending up with marks on your teeth. The more often you have sugary foods or drinks, the more likely you are to develop tooth decay.

Will my gums be damaged?

Most patients experience a little redness and swelling of the gums whilst wearing a brace. This problem usually disappears once the brace is removed. However, if you do not brush your teeth and brace properly, your gums may become very swollen during treatment, causing lasting damage.

Does it matter if I have injured my teeth in the past?

Please tell your dentist if you have previously knocked or damaged a front tooth. If this has happened to you, then there is a risk that your tooth may need further treatment while you are wearing a brace. One sign of this is that the tooth may become dark. If you need any treatment, your regular dentist will usually carry it out.

Will the roots of my teeth be damaged?

All brace work causes minor changes to the roots of the teeth. This is not usually a problem. Occasionally, changes to the roots can be more serious. It is often possible to tell if someone is at risk, but not always. If you have a particular risk, your dentist will talk to you about this.

Will my teeth be painful after orthodontic treatment?

Your teeth will likely be sore for about 3-5 days after the brace is fitted and each time it is adjusted. If necessary, painkillers such as those you would normally take for a headache may help. Please follow the instructions on the packet. If the brace rubs your lips or cheeks, you can use some wax to help with this. It is sensible to contact your dentist if your teeth are very painful.

Is there a chance that my orthodontic treatments won’t be successful?

Your orthodontic treatment will succeed if you stay committed to it. You will need to look after your teeth and brace well, follow your dentist’s instructions, and attend regularly to have your brace adjusted. During your orthodontic treatment, remember to visit your own dentist regularly to check that your teeth and gums are healthy.

Will my teeth move after dental treatment?

First, you will wear retainers after treatment. Then, the retainers keep your teeth straight. It is important that you wear them as instructed. How long you will need to wear retainers depends on how your teeth originally looked. You should expect your teeth to move a little once you stop wearing retainers. Changes in the position of your teeth can continue throughout life and are part of the normal ageing process.

Are there any other risks?

There are some rare risks which only affect a few people. Your dentist at Smilepoint Dental Centre will discuss any specific risks involved in your treatment. Then, they will provide guidance and address your concerns. Book appointment via WhatsApp.

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