What are Braces?
Braces (otherwise known as brackets) are the small attachments that are placed on your teeth by your orthodontist. One bracket is glued on to each tooth for the duration of treatment and removed once all of your teeth are straight. Your doctor then fits the wire into the braces and adjustments are made to move your teeth over time. Braces can be made of various materials, metal, ceramic or plastic and each have their benefits and disadvantages. Dr Tarraf chooses to use SPEED™ metal braces and CLARITY™ SL ceramic braces because they are more aesthetic, more comfortable, stronger and more efficient at moving your teeth than other brands of braces. Want to to learn more about SPEED™ and CLARITY™ SL braces just click on the link.
– WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BRACES? –
Still the most widely used treatment option for orthodontics, however they have come along way with technology making them more efficient and saving you time
Tried, tested and proven! Braces are trusted to give great results
Still one of the most affordable options of all treatments types, especially when combined with our interest free payment plans.
– ALL THE FACTS YOU NEED –
How long will treatment take?
The length of treatment is dependent on the severity of each individual patient’s orthodontic issues.In general braces treatment time is less than Invisalign and can be reduced more with suresmile technology too!
Does health insurance cover Braces?
If your insurance policy has orthodontic coverage, braces are covered. However, as medical benefits differ significantly from policy to policy, you should check with you health fund. If you want to know some of the more common health fund codes for orthodontics, give us a call and we can go through them.
What are braces made of?
Traditionally braces and wires are made of metal, but there are so many new materials and braces systems that it is hard to list them all here. We love to use SPEED and also Clarity SL Braces at Chatswood Orthodontics.
Will braces be painful?
Most people experience temporary, minor discomfort at the beginning of orthodontic treatment wether its Invisalign, lingual or regular braces. There will be an adjustment period at the beginning of treatment, but from then on there will just be a slight feeling of pressure.
Will wearing braces affect my speech?
Like all orthodontic treatments, braces may temporarily affect the speech of some people, and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two. However, regular braces have proven to show very little effect on speech.
How often do I have to see my orthodontist?
Once in treatment, you will need to schedule regular appointments with us which will usually occur every 6-8 weeks, but can sometimes be longer or shorter intervals. If you are having suresmile treatment they may be every 8-10 weeks. It is at those appointment that we check the progress of the treatment and perform the necessary modification to ensure we deliver the best outcome.