Frequently Asked Questions

Before Starting

Q: What is the whole process like?

A: Here's a description of the progression of a usual case. Some cases might defer.

1. Call the clinic to make an appointment for a consultation.

This session is where you tell us what your concerns regarding your teeth are and discuss the treatment plan.
If time permits, we can take your dental records like your x-rays, dental moulds and photos.
For cases that need extractions, we will provide you with a referral letter.
You can then have your braces placed in the next appointment!
 
2. The bonding appointment.

This is when your braces are put on. It usually takes about 30-45 minutes. Don’t worry, the procedure is painless.
 
3. Monthly adjustment.

After the braces are placed, you will come once a month for adjustments. Each session is usually about 10-15 mins. Most cases take about 18-24 adjustments to complete.
 
4. Removal
This is when your braces come off!
 

 

The left over bonding adhesives will be removed from your teeth surface. A set of moulds are taken in order to make your retainers. We will also take post-treatment x-rays and photos.
 

 

5. Retainer issue
 
 We usually issue the retainers in a week. This is a very important appointment because the retainers will hold the dental alignment.

Q: Is braces treatment painful?

A: Most people feel only mild pain while on braces where they do not require any painkillers. The pain is usually during the first few days after adjustments. Some people feel no pain at all. But don't worry, it doesn't mean your teeth are not moving.

Q: When is the good time to start?

A: For most cases, braces treatment can start when all the milk teeth have been replaced by the permanent teeth.

This is usually around 11-12 years of age. Some people with abnormal jaw growth are advised to wait until the growth has stabilized.

Q: Do I need extractions?

A: Extractions are done usually to provide space to relief dental crowding or to bring the front teeth inwards. So it really depends on the case.

During Treatment

Q: What should I expect after the braces are placed?

A: It is normal to feel mild pain for the first few days after the braces are placed.

You might develop some ulcers on  your lip or cheeks due to abrasion from the braces. This can be reduced by covering the braces with some dental wax.

It will be harder to chew as you might be biting on some of the braces.

Pronunciation of some words might also be affected.

Q: What type of foods should I avoid?

A: At the start, you should avoid very hard foods like nuts.

Also try to chew gently to reduce the likelihood of dislodging the brackets. It helps to cut the food into smaller pieces.
 
Try to also minimize sticky and sugary foods as these tend to get accumulated around the braces and increases the risk of developing dental decay.

Q: How should I brush?

A: Try to brush up to the side of the braces.

This is where all the germs hide. Buy a small toothbrush to get in between the narrow areas. We will show you how to brush after the braces are out on.

Q: My bracket came off. Is this normal? What should I do?

A: It is not uncommon for the brackets to dislodge, especially at the start of treatment.

This is because you are biting on the braces and are still not used to chewing with them. If it does not cause any pain, you can leave it till the next appointment. However if you prefer to come in sooner to get it fixed, just give us a call.

Q: The wire is poking into my cheek. What should I do?

A: The wire ends might stick out at the back when your teeth are moving.

Call us to arrange for an appointment to have it cut.
If you are unable to come soon, some people have found it useful to put a piece of cotton gauze over the wire end to prevent it from poking the cheek.

Q: Can you make it tighter or see me more often to speed up the case?

A: Not really. Tooth movement is a biological process and cannot be rushed. Just like how we cannot excessively pour water into a plant to make it grow faster.

Q: Can you make it tighter or see me more often to speed up the case?

A: Not really. Tooth movement is a biological process and cannot be rushed. Just like how we cannot excessively pour water into a plant to make it grow faster.

Q: What are these things on my teeth that prevent me from biting all the way down?

A: These are dental cement placed on the teeth to support your bite so that you don't bite too hard on the braces.

This will reduce the likelihood of the braces dislodging. It will be easier if you eat softer food until you get used to them.

Q: I see some spaces appearing between my teeth. Is this normal?

A: Yes, this sometimes happen when the teeth are being aligned. These spaces will be closed in the later stage.

After Treatment

Q: Can I eat normally?

A: Yes. Enjoy your food!

Q: Do I need to wear retainers?

A: All patients need a retainer after braces treatment. This is to prevent relapse.

Q: Is it normal for the retainers to get worn down?

A: This is normal as you are biting on the retainer.

Some people with a habit of grinding their teeth will have more wear of the retainers and will need to replace them more often.

Call 6735 5635 for an appointment with Dr Wee.

Call 6735 5635 for an appointment with Dr Wee.