FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

An orthodontist is a dentist who undergone specific post-graduate training to specialize in the study, diagnosis and treatment of malocclusions (= bad bites).
No, you don’t need a referral. You can call up and make an initial consultation appointment.
The orthodontist will examine your teeth and take necessary measurements to assess your malocclusion. Usually at this visit, impressions to make study models of your teeth may be taken. You may be asked to have x-rays taken of your teeth and jaws and photographs of your teeth and face may also be taken. These records are used to study and diagnose your orthodontic problems so that a treatment plan can be made specific to your needs.
As a general rule orthodontists see patients from the age of 8 years old onwards. Young patients are assessed to see if they need interceptive or early treatment.
Teeth can be moved at any age, so there is no age limit. In fact, more adults are having treatment now because invisible braces (see this under our services) have become more efficient and widely available.
In general, the orthodontist will try all possibilities to avoid taking out teeth but in some cases this may not possible in order to achieve good, stable results.
No, the orthodontist will refer you to a dentist of your choice for this procedure.
This depends on the problems and the goals of the patient’s treatment plan. An average treatment time is about 18 months.
All treatment is completely customized so it not possible to pin-point a specific figure. At Harmony Orthodontics, you will be given a quotation once your treatment plan has been drawn up. As a rule, patients pay a deposit at the start of treatment followed by 16 installments payable monthly. Other suitable options can also be discussed with the Practice Manager.
Yes, because the orthodontist will not be carrying out  routine dental checks or scaling. You are advised to see your dentist as normal that is every 6 months for a check and clean.
During the issue of braces there is no pain because braces are glued directly on to the teeth. There is mild irritation and discomfort during the first few days which can easily be controlled with mild pain-killers. Most patients report that they experience some discomfort after an adjustment of the braces.
Anytime between 4 -12 weeks depending on the type of braces you have been prescribed with and the goals for that particular visit.
You will be asked to avoid food that is hard or sticky to avoid detaching your brackets. It is also advisable to avoid a lot of sugar in your diet when you are in treatment. For more details check Patient Information – Fixed braces.
When the braces have been removed, retainers will be made for you. Retainers are extremely important because if you don’t wear your retainers correctly your teeth will move. Retainers are generally worn at night while you are sleeping. They are, however, a life-time commitment if you wish your teeth to remain straight.