Frequently Asked Questions
It depends, if all your adult teeth are well established. Meaning all the baby teeth are gone. This occurs at different ages for everyone, making it difficult to state a specific age. Ask your dentist for a scan to see if you are old enough.
Your dentist will know what appliance is best for your particular problem, but you often have a choice. Braces generally come in three varieties: The most popular type are fixed braces - metal, ceramic or plastic, that are bonded to teeth. Ceramic brackets are typically clear or tooth-coloured and are far less noticeable than metal braces. Lingual braces are attached to the back of the teeth, so it's harder to see them. Both of these kinds of braces use wires to encourage your teeth to a better alignment. Also available are clear aligners that are removable. They are mostly invisible when worn, and can be removed during meals, this avoids the trapping of food and plaque, which can happen with fixed braces. You will have to wear the aligner for about two weeks, after which it gets replaced with another one, each one gradually moving the teeth into better alignment. Mostly these are only available adults with mild alignment problems. Invisible aligners are not suitable for children and teenagers still waiting for their permanent teeth.
This will depend on what treatment plan your dentist has set for you. If you have a more severe spacing or bite problem, and are older, the more longer is likely the period of treatment. A rough guide is that you will probably have to wear braces between one and two years. This would be followed by you having to wear a retainer to set and align tissues surrounding the realigned teeth.
Dentist will usually recommend braces to improve your smile appearance. Orthodontic treatment (braces), is used to correct crooked or crowded teeth, overbites or underbites, misaligned jaw position and problems with the jaw joints. These problems may end up causing tooth decay, gum disease, headaches and earaches, as well as speaking, biting or chewing problems.
If you have orthodontic problems, that is problems that may require braces, you can benefit from treatment at nearly any age. When your teeth are still growing and forming up, between 10 and 14 years of age, is obviously the most ideal time, but adults of all ages are still finding great benefits from braces treatments.
There are wires placed between the teeth in traditional braces which are tightened at each appointment, this puts mild pressure on the brackets that shift teeth or the jaw gradually into the desired position. The teeth and jaws may feel slightly sore after each visit, but this doesn't last very long. In some situations, teeth may need to be extracted to make room for teeth being shifted with braces and for proper jaw alignment. If you choose aligners, there may be some discomfort as teeth adjusts to each new plastic tray.
You should cut down on sweets, crisps and fizzy drinks. Foods rich in sugar and starch generate acids and plaque that can cause tooth decay and promote gum disease. When eating some harder foods, like carrots or apples, chop them into smaller pieces. Also chewy or sticky foods like caramel can cause damage or loosen the brackets. Stay away from hard and crunchy snacks that can break braces, including popcorn, nuts and hard sweets.
A dental implant is used to attach a false tooth, or crown to. It is made up of a titanium screw , to which an abutment attaches and the crown attaches to that. It can replace the root of a tooth when it fails. It is placed into the jawbone.
They are a safe, and have been used by dentists to replace teeth for a long time. Implants, like natural teeth, will last longer if you have good dental hygiene and care for them. Good care of your implants - and whether or not you go for regular maintenance appointments - will impact on how long they will last. Implants not looked after will develop a coating, just like what happens to neglected natural teeth. If you leave this untreated, it can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort. Look after your implants, and if your jaw bone holding the implant is strong and healthy, you can expect them to last for many years. With all surgical implants, however, there is no lifetime guarantee.
Yes. You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants, but not if they are sitting side-by-side. You will use usually be advised to use an implant with a bridge attached. There's a limit to the number of implants your lower or upper jaw bone can take. Implants can also be used to secure dentures.
This will depend on how strong and healthy the bone in your jaw is. Tests will be done by your dentist to find out the condition of bone. Grafting bone into your jaw can be done If there is not enough, or if it isn't healthy enough.
Inserting an implant is often simpler than extracting a tooth, normally done using local anaesthetic. There will not be any pain initially, but you may feel some discomfort in the period after the surgery . If you are very nervous, or it's a complicated procedure, your dentist may give you a sedative. General anaesthetic is not often required implants surgery unless it is especially complicated.