Can everyone get Invisalign invisible braces, including children?
Yes, you most certainly can wear Invisalign as a teenager. Some of the more severe cases may not be possible to treat with Invisalign and Dr Kyi will assess your suitability for Invisalign braces. The Invisalign aligners are worn for approximately 22 hours a day and changed every two weeks. One of the many advantages of Invisalign is being removable – so no changes to your diet or any difficulties with cleaning your teeth. But also the biggest advantage over metal fixed braces are their appearance – they are virtually invisible braces.
How young is too young to get braces?
When the new adult teeth are erupting in some children, these new teeth can erupt in the wrong position and can cause problems to the neighboring teeth. In a number of these cases, we provide orthodontic treatment to patients as young as eight years old to correct the ‘bite’. We often use a removable brace, but in some cases a small fixed brace can be fitted on the adult teeth.
How do I determine if clear braces / metal braces is right for me?
If appearance is important and you are looking to wear clear and discrete braces –then clear ceramic braces are an excellent choice. They are transparent and tooth coloured braces. They look great but also work in the same way as traditional metal braces – providing the same results.
Metal braces are great if you wish to have coloured elastics and make wearing braces as fun as possible. You can change your elastic colours at every appointment – you can match your elastic colour to your favourite outfit every month!
Can I still eat anything I like with Invisalign braces?
Invisalign braces are excellent as they are removable braces –you do not need to make any special adjustments to your diet or your tooth-brushing regimes. Invisalign braces are clear, transparent aligners and you remove them for eating and drinking. You can still enjoy crunching into an apple and eating nuts which you would not be possible with a fixed brace.
How often do I need to come for my appointments?
Usually you will attend every 6-8 weekly intervals throughout your orthodontic treatment. In some stages of your brace treatment, these appointments may be more frequent being 4-weekly, and other times can be of longer intervals of every 10-weeks. Damon braces which are self-ligating braces allow longer time intervals between appointments. Damon braces have less ‘friction’, and the teeth can move a little more easily in most cases. Your orthodontist will advise you at each appointment when to schedule your next appointment.
Will braces effect my trumpet playing?
We have many patients who play a wide variety of musical instruments, some to a professional level. From our patient feedback, there has been no real problem to playing and hitting the right notes, but initially the brace may rub the lips or the cheeks. Orthodontic wax is a soft pliable material that you can place onto the brace to make it feel smoother. There is also a plastic tubing which can be placed over the brace called a lip bumper which you can place over the brace and remove afterwards. Both the wax and lip bumper have provided more comfort to our patients who have all continued to play their instruments throughout their treatment.
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Can I still use my electric toothbrush with my fixed braces?
Yes, you most certainly can. We do recommend the use of an electric toothbrush.
Whether it is a normal electric toothbrush or a sonicare brush – both are effective and will not damage the brace.
Will clear ceramic braces work in the same way as normal metal braces?
The simple answer is Yes! We work with Clarity ceramic braces which are virtually transparent brackets. Ceramic Clarity braces have been shown to produce the same results as metal braces. The biggest advantage of ceramic braces are their appearance, being tooth-coloured, and therefore your brace treatment is very aesthetic. They work in the same way as metal braces and will result in a great smile.
I wore braces as a teenager, I’m now in my thirties – can I still have brace treatment?
We have many patients who wore braces during their childhood and the teeth have moved back over time. The most important aspect is to assess the health of the teeth to see if they are healthy enough to have a second course of brace treatment. With modern brace techniques like Damon fixed braces, light forces are applied to the teeth to produce gentle movements. The first step is to have a comprehensive assessment by a specialist orthodontist.