Frequently Asked Questions About Having Braces

Have braces been recommended to you recently? Or, are you thinking of asking your dentist about improving your smile? In the beginning there is a lot of information to process and it can feel a little overwhelming. In this blog we are sharing FAQ about braces and orthodontics to help guide you through the process.


Are braces necessary?

Having straight teeth is having a confidant smile. It simply makes you feel better about yourself. Braces are also necessary for the long-term health of your teeth. Teeth that are overcrowded, overlapping or crooked can lead to plaque build up and even lead to decay.


What is the best age for getting braces?

You only really need to be concerned about age with children and younger teens. For children, the best age is around 10 to 14 depending. If you’re an adult, braces will work at any age but there is no better time than the present.


How are orthodontists and dentists different?


Your dentist is somebody who takes care of the general health and hygiene of your teeth. They will take care of your fissure seals and your fillings, but for more extensive treatments they will refer you to a specialist. An orthodontist is a specialist with years of postgraduate education. When it comes to straightening teeth you will get the best result seeing an orthodontist. They will help you find the right option for your smile.


Will braces interfere with my regular activities?


There is no reason for braces getting in the way. Things like singing, eating out and playing sport takes a bit of adjustment but you won’t miss out. Like any other treatment, it will take a little time to get used to it.


How long does it take?


The time will vary depending on the complexity of the issue. Some issues only need six months to correct, but overall you should expect it to take between one to three years.


Should I see my dentist during my treatment?


It is important to have regular appointments with her dentist to monitor the health of your teeth during the treatment. Seeing you dentist regularly will help you keep your teeth clean while you have braces.

If you have any other questions about braces or want to consult an expert, Eden Rise Dental offers orthodontic treatments for all ages. Contact us on (03) 9702 6111 today to book an appointment with one of our friendly dentists today.