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September 22, 2016
QUESTION No.1: WHAT TYPES OF BRACES ARE AVAILABLE FOR TEENS?
There are numerous types of braces available, here at Ten Dental we offer:
1) Incognito lingual – the hidden fixed option
2) Invisalign – the clear removable option
3) Metal braces – the metal fixed option
4) Ceramic braces – transparent fixed option
5) Inman Aligner – clear removable option
6) Six Month Smiles – similar to clear braces but used for mild overcrowding conditions.
Please be aware not all brace systems will be suitable for your child, you will be advised by your dentist the best options available for your child’s particular situation.
QUESTION 2: WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME TO HAVE BRACES FITTED?
ANSWER: Your dentist should monitor the dental development of your child’s teeth. For children’s teeth an Orthodontic or Pediatric Specialist should assess the need for any forms of interceptive orthodontic treatments – orthodontic treatment that ‘intercepts’ problems with the teeth before they become a major issue. Treatment can be started as early as 8 years old.
For many orthodontic treatment commences between the ages of 11 and 14, basically when the adult teeth have erupted and we can evaluate the whole picture of the orthodontic issue.
QUESTION 3: CAN I HAVE THE TREATMENT DONE ON THE NHS?
ANSWER: Currently in the UK not all orthodontic treatment can be supported by our National Health Service and checklists have been developed to help prioritise treatment provision within the NHS.
The Index of Treatment Need (IOTN) is the most reproducible index that is used by orthodontic specialists to assess this. It defines treatment need on a grading scale, both in terms of dental health benefits and aesthetics. If you are eligible you will need to join a waiting list ( which can be from a year to 18 months). This is because there is only a certain amount of funding allocated to the NHS for this treatment.
QUESTION 4: WHAT IS INDEX OF TREATMENT NEED (IOTN)?
ANSWER: The Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN) is a rating system that is used to determine whether individuals qualify for NHS orthodontic treatment.
NHS care is intended to help those who need treatment to improve their dental health. It is not designed to treat problems that are purely cosmetic.
For example if you have what is classed at minor irregularities such as mild to moderate prominence or mildly crooked or crowded teeth you would not qualify for NHS Orthodontic treatment.
QUESTION 5 : WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NHS V PRIVATE?
ANSWER: NHS orthodontic treatment is limited due to the small amount of funding available, which has resulted in waiting lists for treatment. Limited funding also restricts the time that would be spent with each patient, the types of braces that can be offered and the follow up care provided.
Private orthodontic treatment on the other hand can begin almost immediately, includes a choice of discreet braces, as well as longer and more flexible appointment times. Private treatment also includes two years of follow up care and both fixed and removable retainers; ensuring your teeth stay put.
Privately you would be seen by a Specialist Orthodontist as opposed to an Orthodontic Therapist on the NHS.
QUESTION 6 : HOW CAN I FIND OUT IF I AM ELIGIBLE FOR NHS TREATMENT?
ANSWER: You must first book an appointment with an Orthodontist they will then assess if you qualify for NHS treatment if not your orthodontist will discuss self funded private options.
QUESTION 7 : DOES IT HURT?
ANSWER: There is always some degree of discomfort, but it can be managed by painkillers.
Most patients are sore for anywhere from a few hours to a few days after each regular adjustment. This feeling can be anything from a mild, unpleasant pressure to more significant pain. However, any discomfort shouldn’t last very long.
If the orthodontist decides to add auxiliaries, such as elastics or rubber bands, these can sometimes be painful at first.
To deal with any post-adjustment soreness, just return to a temporary “soft food” diet and the same pain management techniques that you used when you first got your braces.
QUESTION 8 : HOW LONG WILL I NEED TO WEAR BRACES?
ANSWER: Active treatment time with orthodontic braces typically ranges from six months to two years, but a few cases fall outside this range. The duration of treatment depends on the growth of the patient’s mouth and face, the individual biological response to the brace, the severity of the problem and the cooperation of the patient. Following your orthodontist’s advice and instructions contributes to completing treatment on time as planned.
QUESTION 9 : WHAT TYPES OF FOOD CAN I EAT WHEN I HAVE HAD BRACES FITTED?
ANSWER: After getting braces you have to be careful with your choice of food so that you do not damage the braces, brackets or wiring. You have to be especially careful with what you eat immediately after you have the braces put on.
Overall, people with braces should avoid hard, chewy, crunchy, and sticky foods.
QUESTION 10 : HOW OFTEN WILL I NEED TO VISIT THE DENTIST ONCE MY BRACES HAVE BEEN FITTED?
ANSWER: You will need to have your brace adjusted regularly to make sure it is working properly. Usually you will have an appointment roughly every six to eight weeks. It is very important that you go to these appointments, or the brace will take a lot longer to work.
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