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19 Jun 2014

Should i see a dentist or a orthodontist?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on June 19, 2014

What is the difference between a cosmetic dentist and an orthodontist?

All orthodontists are dentists but only a smaller number of dentists are orthodontists. To become a specialist orthodontist requires further extensive specialist training. Orthodontic treatment starts with the end goal in mind – one has to plan the desired result which has to be stable and ensuring the patients’ profile is k...

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16 Jun 2014

Oral health advice for pregnacies

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on June 16, 2014

How can I maintain oral health while pregnant?

During pregnancy, the hormones can cause a heightened or increased response to plaque – for example, a small amount of plaque which would not normally cause the gums to become inflamed, can cause an increased amount of inflammation or gingivitis during pregnancy. It may be advisable to use an electric or sonic tooth brush whic...

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22 May 2014

Do i have to wear a retainer?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on May 22, 2014

What is the importance of wearing retainers after orthodontic treatments?

The most important stage of orthodontic treatment is retention. When the braces are removed, the teeth naturally want to move back into their original positions in varying degrees. The teeth will form new 'fibre attachments' into their new positions but this takes time as it’s a natural healing process. Retainers will 'hold' t...

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7 Apr 2014

Can everyone get Invisalign invisible braces?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on April 7, 2014

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 Invisali...

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1 Apr 2014

When can a person start getting braces?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on April 1, 2014

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...

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27 Mar 2014

Which braces should i get?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on March 27, 2014

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...

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19 Mar 2014

How do braces effect my eating habits?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on March 19, 2014

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 no...

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7 Mar 2014

With braces, do i need to come in for check ups often?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on March 7, 2014

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 ap...

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3 Mar 2014

What if i play musical instruments?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on March 3, 2014

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...

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28 Feb 2014

Best Orthodontic Practice

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on February 28, 2014

Private Dentistry Awards 2013

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25 Feb 2014

Can i still use a electric toothbrush?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on February 25, 2014

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 braces. ...

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21 Feb 2014

Ceramic braces vs. metal braces?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on February 21, 2014

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 is their appearance, being tooth-coloured, and therefore your brace treatment is very aesthetic. They ...

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13 Feb 2014

Can i wear braces again?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on February 13, 2014

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 t...

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5 Feb 2014

Is it too late to get braces?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on February 5, 2014

I’m getting married at the end of this year, have I left it too late to get braces?

Many congratulations on your fantastic news! No, it’s not too late to achieve the wedding day smile. With the latest brace treatments of invisible lingual braces and Invisalign, even if you are still in treatment – your braces will not show at all on your wedding. We also have a number of patients wearing ceramic or Damon br...

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7 Apr 2012

Can I come on my lunch hour?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on April 7, 2012

Will I be able to get my orthodontic braces applied to my teeth on my lunch hour?

Yes absolutely! Having orthodontic braces fitted is quite a straightforward procedure. Your teeth are first polished, then a clear varnish applied onto the teeth. The fixed brace attachments called brackets are then placed onto the tooth surface. Finally, a thin flexible wire is inserted onto the brackets. Following the actual b...

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4 Apr 2012

What happens after treatment?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on April 4, 2012

Will my teeth shift back to their original position after orthodontics treatment?

The most important stage of orthodontic treatment is wearing the retainers, often called the retention stage of orthodontic treatment. After your teeth have been straightened by removable or fixed braces, it takes time for the teeth to ‘settle-in’ into their new positions. The retention stage allows this settling. There are ...

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2 Apr 2012

What sort of braces do you offer?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on April 2, 2012

I live near London and I’m interested in coming to your centre for orthodontics. What sort of braces do you offer?

Thank you for your interest in our London orthodontic practice. We are really pleased to say we can offer you the full range of brace treatment. Our specialist orthodontist would provide a comprehensive orthodontic consultation to assess your needs and would be able to recommend a brace treatment suitable for your teeth. We have...

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29 Mar 2012

Can my son still play his musical instrument with braces?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on March 29, 2012

My son plays the trombone at The Rhythm Studio in London. Can he still play his instrument if he gets braces?

The trombone is a great instrument to be able to play. Fixed braces should not interfere with musical instruments and you should be able to obtain a lip seal to play the trombone. Initially the fixed braces may rub the inside of the lips. To help reduce ‘this rubbing’, we will show you how to place ‘wax’ which is a soft ...

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28 Mar 2012

Is my 9-year-old daughter too young to get braces?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on March 28, 2012

My daughter is 9 and she had a very large overbite, which impedes her speech. Is she too young to get braces?

There are certain types of removable braces which can be fitted at an earlier age to start correcting an overbite. Each case must be individually assessed and I would recommend that you arrange an orthodontic consultation with an orthodontic specialist for your daughter, to allow an orthodontic assessment to be carried out. ...

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27 Mar 2012

Can I get braces without having to take time off from work?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on March 27, 2012

I’d really like to get braces but I work from 8am to 5pm near Winchester. Are there appointments available before or after I work so I can still get straight teeth without having to take off?

It’s fantastic you have decided to have brace treatment. All your appointments, from brace fitting, adjustment appointments through to retainer checks can be arranged after work. We have two evening clinics a week at our Winchester practice and we can easily accommodate you after 5 pm when you finish work. ...

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26 Mar 2012

How many adults actually get orthodontic braces?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on March 26, 2012

Aren’t braces just for children? How many adults actually get orthodontic braces?

Orthodontic treatment with braces is generally suitable for all ages these days, definitely no longer the remit of children. At our London practice, more than 80% of our patients are adults seeking orthodontic treatment. A number of adults didn’t get the opportunity to have brace treatment to straighten their teeth when they w...

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23 Mar 2012

If I get my braces on in the morning, will I be able to go straight to work after?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on March 23, 2012

If I get my braces on in the morning, will I be able to go straight to work after they are on? I work about 20 minutes outside of Winchester.

You will be happy to hear that after your fixed braces are fitted, you can carry on with all your normal routines. Going straight back to work is no problem after the brace has been fitted. The brace fitting appointment usually takes around 45 minutes. We will provide you with all your after-care advice and recommend you may nee...

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22 Mar 2012

What options do I have for “invisible” braces?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on March 22, 2012

I’m 30 and have been working professionally in London for many years now. I don’t want any of my clients or coworkers to know that I have braces. Is there a way to fix my teeth without having to get train-track braces?

Yes, absolutely, fixed train-track braces are no longer the big metal braces you may remember from your childhood. Brace treatment technology has improved greatly. You no longer need to feel self-conscious about wearing braces or having brace treatment. Truly invisible braces called lingual braces are available. Lingual braces a...

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21 Mar 2012

Are there certain questions I should ask my orthodontist before I get my next pair of braces on?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on March 21, 2012

I been to an orthodontist before and my braces didn’t work. They weren’t on long enough for my teeth to set and then I didn’t wear my retainer for as long as I should have. Are there certain questions I should ask my orthodontist before I get my next pair of braces on? I really want straight teeth.

I’m sorry to hear your last course of brace treatment did not result with the smile you were after. The first thing we need to assess is your dental health to ensure your teeth are suitable for another course of orthodontic brace treatment. I understand you did not wear your retainers for the required time and we need to discu...

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AAO - Member American Association of Orthodontists BDA - British Dental Association World Federation of Orthodontists BOS - British Orthodontic Society RCS - Advancing Surgical Slandaros British Dental Health Foundation British Lingual Orthodontic Society