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5 Oct 2010

I’ve been taking good care of my teeth since I was ten years old

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on October 5, 2010

I've been taking good care of my teeth since I was ten years old but I always hear the same thing from my dentists: "Clean, but crooked." I can't change that with my toothbrush, but I have been wondering if removable braces might be an option for somebody that wants to do some 'housekeeping.' What do you think?

It's great to hear that you are 'clean' even if crooked. Often having crooked teeth may make it a bit more difficult to clean the teeth as food and plaque can often get trapped. It depends on the degree of crookedness which is present to see if you are suitable for removable braces. Invisalign is a type of removable brace and wo...

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4 Oct 2010

My dentist told me about lingual braces. How do they work?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on October 4, 2010

I told my dentist that I wanted to look into the option of getting braces, but don’t relish the thought of having a mouth full of steel-studded teeth. My dentist told me about lingual braces. How do they work?

Lingual braces are the ultimate braces! They are invisible, no one will see you are wearing them as the whole brace is fitted on the inner surfaces of the teeth. And with Incognito lingual braces – the brace will only fit you – it is custom made for your teeth. They work exactly the same way as normal fixed braces which are ...

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3 Oct 2010

As a thirty three year old who was recently told that he might need braces, Invisalign seems like an attractive option

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on October 3, 2010

As a thirty three year old who was recently told that he might need braces, Invisalign seems like an attractive option. But if I am going to fix my teeth, I want to get it right the first time. Is Invisalign a reasonable stand-in for normal braces?

Invisalign often works very well for mild cases. It is a great choice for those who really do not want to have something fixed in the mouth, i.e. fixed braces. With Invisalign, you can take them out to brush your teeth and for eating. Also, Invisalign will offer a great appearance as they are clear aligners, most people won’t ...

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2 Oct 2010

I have been reading about the Damon self-ligating braces and how ‘painless’ they are compared to normal braces

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on October 2, 2010

I have been reading about the Damon self-ligating braces and how 'painless' they are compared to normal braces, but I am a little wary. Do they hurt as much as normal braces?

We always describe the process of getting used to braces is similar to wearing a new pair of shoes. Initially they may feel uncomfortable, a little tight, but after wearing the shoes for a week they often become your favourite pair of shoes. It’s a similar situation with getting used to braces. The slight difference with Damon...

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1 Oct 2010

A recent dentist’s trip revealed that I will need to get braces on my bottom row of teeth

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on October 1, 2010

A recent dentist’s trip revealed that I will need to get braces on my bottom row of teeth, which have always been very crowded. Wouldn’t pulling a few teeth straighten the row out just as well?

Many years ago, we used to ‘pull some teeth out’ then let nature take care of the rest. Needless to say, nature didn’t always get it perfect every time. Often when you are crowded, there is a space requirement which may be provided by the removal of teeth. However if the crowding is milder and space requirements are less, ...

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13 Feb 2010

Which braces would you recommend for my granddaughter?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on February 13, 2010

Which braces would you recommend for my granddaughter? She is 27 years old, has a very good job in publishing, and always takes care of her appearance. I am buying them for her because she has always been ashamed of her teeth but money has always been tight.

There are other types of braces – Damon braces which are also called self-ligating braces. Their main advantage is that if your granddaughter has a busy worklife, there are fewer adjustment appointments required and therefore less disruption to her normal routines. Also there is Invisalign brace treatment which may be suitable...

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12 Feb 2010

I love your Invisalign® braces

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on February 12, 2010

I love your Invisalign® braces. I am interested in pursuing this option for braces. I am 37 years old and a professional man in the clothing business. Do these braces affect speech at all? If I have to remove them during the day, say when holding a meeting, does that slow down the speed at which the teeth are straightened?

It’s great to hear you’ve fallen in love with braces – just like us! Invisalign braces are a good brace option in a number of cases, however some more severe cases may not be suitable for treatment with Invisalign. In answering your concerns with speech - you may have an initial lisp during the first week of wearing Invisa...

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11 Feb 2010

I had braces as a child and now my teeth are coming out of alignment

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on February 11, 2010

I had braces as a child and now my teeth are coming out of alignment. On the bottom teeth, it looks like just one tooth is pushing inward and that upsets that whole row of teeth. Could removable braces be used to push that single tooth back into place?

Sorry to hear your teeth are becoming out of alignment after wearing braces as a child. Do you still have your retainers? With time, the teeth can move a little, especially the lower front teeth. If your tooth movement is mild and it sounds like this may be the case, then a removable brace like Invisalign could work to strai...

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10 Feb 2010

Are Damon self-ligating braces siutable for children?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on February 10, 2010

I would like to get the Damon self-ligating braces for my son. The quicker alignment of the teeth and having to make fewer office visits is what appeals to me. Is this kind of brace suitable for children?

Damon braces are very suitable braces for orthodontic treatment for everyone, both children and adults. And if you are after possibly slightly shorter treatment time and fewer appointments to the practice, then Damon braces are a good option for your son’s brace treatment. Damon braces allow us to achieve this by the technolog...

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9 Feb 2010

At what age do you suggest a child get braces?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on February 9, 2010

At what age do you suggest a child get braces? My daughter has buck teeth and will definitely need them. She is eleven years old. Is it too early for a consultation?

We like to assess children from around 10years of age to review their dental development, so your daughter is at the right age for an orthodontic assessment. Sometimes we see children a little earlier if their dentist is concerned with the eruption of the teeth or the bite. At the orthodontic consultation, we will start off by ...

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8 Feb 2010

Do most children have difficulty adapting to their braces?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on February 8, 2010

Do most children have difficulty adapting to their braces? My son plays with his all of the time. He has had them on for about ten days now and I always have to tell him to stop touching them. I am afraid that he will ruin them. Do you have any suggestions?

However, you must try and ask your son to stop as there is a big risk that he will keep ‘picking’ at the braces and they will break off. If the brackets or a wire on the fixed brace breaks off, it may delay your son’s orthodontic treatment. Until you are able to see your orthodontist to repair the breakage, no tooth moveme...

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7 Feb 2010

My daughter was told she needed a tooth extracted before getting braces

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on February 7, 2010

My daughter was told she needed a tooth extracted before getting braces. I see on your website that you offer Damon braces. Is it possible that with the Damon braces she might not need the extraction? How does the cost of Damon braces compare with the cost of conventional braces?

It is quite common to have teeth removed before brace treatment to provide space to allow the teeth to be straightened. In some milder cases, with Damon braces we are able to start treatment without taking any teeth out. The main distinction of Damon braces are we no longer need to place little coloured bands or modules around ...

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6 Feb 2010

How much pain is there during this fitting?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on February 6, 2010

My son will be coming in to get his braces fitted. He is quite worried about it. How much pain is there during this fitting? How do children describe the pain of braces as their teeth start to shift? Is it excruciating?What medication can a child take for this pain?

Please let your son know, there really is nothing to be worried about having the braces fitted. First of all, the teeth are gently cleaned, similar to brushing your teeth. After this, a clear varnish is painted on the teeth, the same as painting your fingernails. Then the bracket is placed onto the tooth surface and a light is s...

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5 Feb 2010

My daughter just got her braces

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on February 5, 2010

My daughter just got her braces. She is interested in attending an overnight camp. Is there any reason not to let her go to camp for a week because of the braces?

Definitely let her go to camp, orthodontic treatment must not interfere with the important things in life! Even straight after fitting fixed braces, you can go back to work or school. When the fixed braces are fitted, everything is ‘set’ i.e. the glue on back of each bracket sets straight away. The most important aspect is t...

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4 Feb 2010

Do the Damon Self-Ligating braces require the same type of bracket as the conventional braces?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on February 4, 2010

Do the Damon Self-Ligating braces require the same type of bracket as the conventional braces? What is the advantage of the Damon braces over conventional braces? Are they suitable for children?

Damon braces are very different from conventional braces and can be fitted in both children and adult brace treatment. Their uniqueness is the fact that you no longer need the small coloured elastics or bands to hold the wire in. The wire is held in by the Damon self-ligating bracket, which means the wire can move freely. Wh...

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3 Feb 2010

Do children with braces all need to wear elastics to straighten their teeth?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on February 3, 2010

Do children with braces all need to wear elastics to straighten their teeth? My daughter complains about the boys with braces who snap their elastics on her. She needs braces herself and wants braces that don’t require her to wear elastics. She is 12 years old.

Boys will be boys sometimes!, but if they’re not wearing their elastics, let your daughter know she will likely be finished with treatment before them! Not everyone needs to wear elastics. Elastics are worn to help close spaces if you’ve had teeth removed or to help correct the bite towards the end of your brace treatmen...

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2 Feb 2010

Can you be too old for braces?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on February 2, 2010

My son is seventeen years old. He absolutely refused braces when he was younger but now he is ready. He has done his online research and is determined to get the Invisalign braces. Is there any problem with a boy his age getting this type of braces?

Age is never a problem with having brace treatment. The most important thing is to ensure the teeth and gums are healthy. Invisalign braces are great for patients who do not want to have something fixed in their mouth, as you can take the Invisalign aligners out for eating & brushing. They are also nearly invisible brace...

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1 Feb 2010

I am 38 years old and embarrassed by my teeth

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on February 1, 2010

I am 38 years old and embarrassed by my teeth. My upper cuspid is a snaggletooth and all of my lower teeth are out of alignment. I would like to get braces to correct the problems. What type of braces do most adults get?

I'm sorry to hear that you feel embarrassed about your teeth. I feel brace treatment would definitely help and treat your concerns. Braces are able to straighten teeth and can be either fixed braces or removable braces like Invisalign. The type of fixed brace you have is not dependent on chronological age. All types of brace...

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31 Jan 2010

Everyone in my family has needed braces (siblings, nieces, nephews, etc.)

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on January 31, 2010

Everyone in my family has needed braces (siblings, nieces, nephews, etc.) I can only assume that my children will need them. At what age should they have an orthodontic assessment?

You are probably right, it is quite likely that your children may need braces. I would recommend that your children are assessed your family dentist to see if they are ready to be referred to an orthodontist. We often see children for an orthodontic assessment from around 10 years of age, but sometimes younger as we may need...

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30 Jan 2010

I would like to have Botox injections in my forehead

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on January 30, 2010

I would like to have Botox injections in my forehead. How many injections do most people get for frown lines? Can I go right back to work after the injections without anyone knowing about it?

Bot tox injections in the forehead usually number between 4 and 8. They are tailored to where the forehead lines are most prominent. There is often a little redness over the area and occasionaly bruising, usually these are discrete. You can go back to work afterwards and can carry on with your plans or social engagements. We r...

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29 Jan 2010

How do I choose the best type of braces for myself?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on January 29, 2010

How do I choose the best type of braces for myself? I am 19 years old and see that there are many different options. Do people choose by how they want to look with the braces on or do they choose by price? Or do different braces work differently? Do some work faster than others?

Your orthodontist will be able to advise all the types of braces that are suitable, and from there, most people choose by the appearance. Others choose by lifestyle, for example some braces like the Damon brace are more convenient as there are less appointments that you need to attend and may work faster for you. The treatment f...

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28 Jan 2010

My dentist told me that I had a Class III malocclusion

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on January 28, 2010

My dentist told me that I had a Class III malocclusion. I am planning to get braces soon and wonder if I can get the Invisalign braces with this type of occlusion.

Invisalign may not be a suitable option to allow full correction of your bite. It is best if you are assessed by an orthodontist to plan your treatment. ...

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27 Jan 2010

I am 37 years old and thinking of getting braces

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on January 27, 2010

I am 37 years old and thinking of getting braces. What are some of the risks that may occur with this orthodontic treatment?

All the general risks of orthodontic treatment from poor oral hygiene and diet factors apply. These risks are not increased with age as long as you are in good stable dental health of your teeth and gums....

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26 Jan 2010

What is the best age for a child to get braces?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on January 26, 2010

What is the best age for a child to get braces? My daughter needs braces on both her upper and lower teeth. She has a strong overbite. She is 12 years old.

Your daughter is at the average age for braces, but there is no best chronological age. Brace treatment age is more dependent on dental age - i.e. once or when nearly all the adult teeth have erupted. I would recommend that your daughter is assessed by an orthodontist now to see if she is ready to start brace treatment....

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