Frequently asked questions
Here we provide some useful information for both new and existing patients.
Simply click on a question below to find out more…
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the specialised branch of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis & treatment of problems caused by poor alignment of the teeth & jaws, and is carried out using different types of braces. An orthodontist is a qualified dentist who has completed a further 3 years full time training on a specialist training programme that is recognised by the Dental Council.
What are invisible braces?
Fixed braces can be made less visible by using materials such as porcelain that match the tooth colour better or by placing them inside the teeth. A more recent development is the use of clear plastic materials that fit over the teeth . Invisalign is the market leader in these types of braces and has advanced greatly in recent years.Now we are able to correct most types of crooked teeth with clear aligners.
How does it work?
A qualified orthodontist evaluates the growth of a patientʼs face and jaws, as well as the alignment of his or her teeth. Then, using very gentle, controlled forces, the Orthodontist guides teeth into the correct position. During the final stage of treatment, the patient wears retention devices (retainers) to ensure that teeth remain in the proper place.
Orthodontic problems are frequently inherited but can be exacerbated by factors such as early loss of baby teeth or sucking habits.
Is Orthodontic treatment painful?
The process of fitting braces is not painful. Some discomfort is to be expected for a period after appliances are fitted for the first time or after they have been tightened. However, this usually settles after a few days.
How do I clean my brace?
Will I have to change my diet?
Do I need to see my regular dentist?
Can I play sport with fixed braces on?
Links and Associations:
Orthodontic Society of Ireland British Orthodontic Society Dental Council of Ireland Irish Dental Association