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20 Jan 2010

Since invisalign involves multiple aligners

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on January 20, 2010

Since invisalign involves multiple aligners, is treatment more expensive than traditional braces?

The treatment fee is similar to treatment with ceramic braces....

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19 Jan 2010

How does invisalign work? Do you wear them all the time?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on January 19, 2010

How does invisalign work? Do you wear them all the time? Can you just wear them at night? Are they as effective as regular braces?

They are clear aligners which you can remove for eating and tooth brushing. However you must wear them as close to full time to be effective. They are not suitable for some cases but will be assessed by your orthodontist....

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18 Jan 2010

I recently heard something about removable braces

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on January 18, 2010

I recently heard something about removable braces and I love the idea of this. How do they work? Can they be used for everyone? I’m an adult and would like to know if they could work for me.

Invisalign treatment uses clear aligners which are removable for eating and tooth brushing. They work well in adults but not suitable for all cases but your orthodontist will be able to assess....

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17 Jan 2010

Can you explain what ceramic braces are?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on January 17, 2010

Can you explain what ceramic braces are? How are they different from other braces?

They offer the best appearance for conventional braces. They work in the same way as conventional metal braces but the huge advantage of having clear brackets....

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16 Jan 2010

How much do braces cost on average?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on January 16, 2010

How much do braces cost on average? Is it possible to have the financed?

The average adult treatment fee starts from £3900. The fee can be spread over the duration of your treatment as an interest free payment....

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15 Jan 2010

My daughter needs braces but she is very

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on January 15, 2010

My daughter needs braces but she is very, very opposed to getting them. Do you have any tips or pointers for getting around this?

We need to see the reasons why your daughter is opposed, whether it’s the appearance or concerned about discomfort. If it’s appearance there are so many different cosmetic options available. The discomfort with braces is similar to getting used to a new pair of shoes, initially they feel slightly uncomfortable, but after a f...

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14 Jan 2010

On average, how long do people have to have their braces

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on January 14, 2010

On average, how long do people have to have their braces on to be effective?

Every case is individual. In some mild cases, the active brace treatment may only take 6 months, and in more difficult cases maybe 2 years....

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13 Jan 2010

Is there an age that is too old for getting braces?

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

Is there an age that is too old for getting braces?

No, you are never too old to have braces. As long as your teeth and gums are healthy, braces can be fitted at any age....

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12 Jan 2010

Are there any things that you should avoid eating or drinking when you have braces?

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

Are there any things that you should avoid eating or drinking when you have braces?

Yes! To ensure your treatment progresses well, diet is very important to reduce the risk of breaking the brace which then delays your treatment. You must avoid eating anything too hard or crunchy e.g. toffees, nuts, crusty breads etc. You must also try and reduce the amount of fizzy / acidic drinks to prevent erosion of your tee...

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11 Jan 2010

I’m an adult and interested in getting braces

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

I’m an adult and interested in getting braces. Are there things I can do to make them less obvious and play them down?

There are now a number of cosmetic brace options available. The brackets can be clear rather than the metal brackets and look more discrete. If you didn’t want to show the braces at all, then lingual braces are the choice for you. The brackets are fitted on the inner surfaces of the teeth and no-one will see that you are weari...

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10 Jan 2010

Are rubber bands still used for people with braces?

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

Are rubber bands still used for people with braces? What do they do exactly?

Rubber bands or elastics are often worn when we start to correct the bite or start to close space in extraction cases. They are worn either full or part time, and often are attached by you from the upper brace to the lower brace to move the teeth into the correct position. They can be removed for eating, tooth-brushing and won't...

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9 Jan 2010

Is it possible to get braces to straighten

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

Is it possible to get braces to straighten my teeth but not have them glued to my teeth?

Yes it is! Invisalign are clear aligners which you can remove when you are eating and tooth-brushing. The aligners are otherwise worn full-time, and new aligners fitted every 2 weeks. Your teeth will move and straighten with each new aligner....

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8 Jan 2010

How do braces work to straighten teeth?

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

How do braces work to straighten teeth?

Brackets are attached to each tooth individually and there is a wire which is held into each bracket by an elastic band. The brackets stay attached to the teeth until the end of treatment. At most visits the wire is changed - 'the brace is tightened'. The first few wires which are inserted are light flexible wires and when they ...

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7 Jan 2010

I know that getting braces for crooked

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

I know that getting braces for crooked teeth is good from an aesthetic standpoint, but are there any medical reasons to get your teeth straightened?

One of the benefits of having straighter teeth is that it's easier to keep them clean. Often food and plaque can get trapped between crooked teeth and flossing may be more difficult. This may increase your risk of having gum disease or tooth decay....

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6 Jan 2010

My 9-year-old’s upper teeth are very crowded

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

My 9-year-old’s upper teeth are very crowded. Will her jaw grow as she gets older and resolve this problem. If not, is this fixed with braces?

Crowding is a very common reason to have brace treatment. The upper jaw will grow a small amount over the next few years, but if your daughter's teeth are already very crowded, there is unlikely to be enough growth to accommodate all the teeth. Brace treatment will resolve the crowding and is quite likely extractions may also be...

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5 Jan 2010

My kids all have very crooked teeth

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

My kids all have very crooked teeth

They should ideally have an orthodontic assessment around 10 years of age to assess the development. Normally braces are fitted once all their adult teeth have erupted, but sometimes it is necessary to start treatment earlier before all the adult teeth have erupted. ...

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4 Jan 2010

Is it possible braces will ll go back to their original position later in my life?

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

If I get braces now to fix my crooked teeth, is it possible that they’ll go back to their original position later in my life?

The most important part of orthodontic treatment is the retainers. All patients who have had orthodontic treatment must wear retainers after they have finished with their active treatment.  The teeth need a period to 'settle' after the braces are removed during which time the retainers are worn, normally 6 months full-time ...

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3 Jan 2010

Orthodontist

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

Is it necessary to have an orthodontist do my braces? Can my family dentist do this?

An orthodontist has undergone three further years of specialist training during which time they have often carried out a Masters degree and following this a further specialist examination set by The Royal College of Surgeons to attain their Membership in Orthodontics. They are then able to register as a Specialist on the General...

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2 Jan 2010

Braces

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

I’m 38 years old. When I was a child I had braces on my upper teeth but not on my bottoms and I’d like to get them now. Braces today are so different from how they were when I was a child. Can you explain what some of my options are?

There are a number of options available to you. Clear brackets which are sometimes called ceramic braces can be fitted and have an excellent appearance. Damon braces are a system which often provides slightly quicker treatment time and longer appointment intervals to minimise the amount of time off work you need to come and atte...

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1 Jan 2010

How invisible braces work?

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

Can you explain how invisible braces work?

There are two types of ‘invisible’ braces. Lingual braces are fixed braces which are fitted on the inner surfaces of the teeth and are therefore ‘invisible, no-one will see you are wearing braces. Because they are fixed braces – like ‘train tracks’, we are able to move your teeth in the same way as conventional brac...

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