1. Why select an Orthodontist ?
Orthodontists are dental specialists who diagnose, prevent and treat dental and jaw growth irregularities. They receive an additional three years of post-graduate specialised education to learn the proper way to align and straighten your teeth. Orthodontists have in-depth knowledge of dental and jaw growth development which is crucial in providing a holistic orthodontic treatment. Only those successfully complete this formal training are registered as Orthodontic Specialist (Orthodontists) with Singapore Dental Council.
2. Why is orthodontic treatment so important ?
Orthodontic treatment creates a better bite, making teeth fit better and reduces the risk of future and potentially costly dental problems. Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. Furthermore, a bad bite can cause the tooth to wear abnormally, difficulty in chewing and/or speaking. If left untreated, many problems simply progress and become worse.
3. What causes orthodontic problems?
Most orthodontic problem (malocclusion) are inherited. Examples of these genetic problems are crowding, spacing, protrusion, deep bite, extra or missing teeth, and some jaw growth problems. Other malocclusions are acquired as a result of thumb/finger sucking, dental diseases, accidents, the early or late loss of baby teeth, or other causes.
4. How long does treatment take?
Orthodontic treatment averages less than two years, but can range from one to three years depending on the complexity of the orthodontic problems.
5. How often will I need to come in for appointments?
Advances in today’s orthodontic material and technologies mean patients see the orthodontist only about once every four to six weeks during active treatment.
6. Does orthodontic treatment hurt?
New technologies and materials today have made orthodontic treatment more comfortable than ever. Discomfort, if any is short-lived, and can be managed using mild over-the-counter analgesics.
7. Why do I need retainer after removal of braces?
After the removal of braces, the orthodontic retention period begins. The retention period is extremely important in the stability of your teeth position. A period of time is required to allow the teeth to “settle” and stabilize in their new position. The soft tissue, supporting bone , the tongue and lip must adapt to the new dental alignment. Without proper retention, teeth can quickly move and slip back towards old position (relapse). Dr. Phan will discuss the retention strategy/options.