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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BRACES IN SELANGOR MALAYSIA 

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1 central incisor

2.lateral incisor

3.canine (cuspid)

4 first premolar (bicuspid)

5.second premolar (bicuspid)

6 first molar

7 second molar

8. third molar (wisdom tooth)

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HOW TO WEAR YOUR RUBBER BANDS

Some of the most common ways of wearing rubber bands are shown below, however, there are many different ways to wear them and many different names for rubber bands. If your specific way is not listed here, or if you have any questions on how to wear your rubber bands, call your dentist to ask for clarification before continuing to wear them.

Basic Parts of Braces 

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BASIC TYPES OF BRACES

TRADITIONAL (conventional) BRACES

Traditional braces are glued to the front of your teeth (as shown below).

The 3 braces/brackets pictured below are the most commonly used braces.

NON-TRADITIONAL BRACES

The two types of braces pictured below are offered by many dentists for those who want a less noticeable option for straight teeth.

LINGUAL BRACES

INVISALIGN®

VERY FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BRACES IN MALAYSIA 

1. WHAT WILL I LEARN FROM AN INITIAL CONSULTATION?

Usually there are four concerns addressed at an initial exam:

  1. Is there an orthodontic problem, and if so, what is it?
  2. If there is a problem, what needs to be done to correct it?
  3. When is the best time to treat the problem?
  4. Is additional information needed to further evaluate the problem (x-rays, molds etc.)?

2. DOES MY CHILD REALLY NEED BRACES?

Not every child needs braces. Take your child to see an dentist around the age of 7 for an examination, unless you have major concerns. In this case, take your child earlier.

3. THERE ARE TWO PHASES FOR BRACES? WHY?

It is now very common for dentists to treat young patients in two different phases which are appropriately called Phase 1 and Phase 2.

Phase 1 – Phase 1 treatment usually occurs between the ages of 6 and 10, before all of the adult teeth have erupted, and usually lasts between 9-18 months. The goals of Phase 1 Treatment are to: develop the child’s jaws to make room for incoming adult teeth improve the relationship of the upper and lower jaws

Phase 1 treatment usually involves a type of appliance (often a palate expander) and/or a partial set of braces and is recommended when there is a problem that should not wait until later to be treated.

For instance, an dentist may want to use a palate expander on a young patient who has a narrow upper arch and crowded teeth because he/she sees that there will not be enough room for all of the child’s adult teeth. The expander would broaden the roof of the mouth allowing the adult teeth to come in easier and straighter. If this problem would go untreated, the case would become a lot more complex.

Phase 2

Phase 2 treatment usually occurs between the ages of 11 and 13, when most of the permanent teeth have erupted, and usually lasts between 12-18 months. 

The goal of Phase 2 is to: position all the permanent teeth to an aesthetically pleasing look position all teeth to function properly

Treatment usually involves a full set of braces (or Invisalign®), along with an appliance and rubber bands if needed. Why?

Several reasons: the American Association of dentists’ now recommends children be seen at the age of 7 because they have found that early intervention provides better results children who have severe problems addressed in Phase 1 spend less time in full braces parents want their children to have straight teeth at an earlier age than in years past children handle orthodontic treatment with much more ease than adults dentists began doing Phase 1 treatment consistently when they found they 

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-often avoid having adult teeth pulled

-often avoid jaw surgery

-often avoid the need for headgear

-eliminate or lessen the length of time patients needed to wear rubber bands

-create easier orthodontic treatment (because children’s teeth move much quicker and with less resistance, than adult teeth)

4. WILL MY CHILD NEED FULL BRACES LATER IF HE/SHE HAD PHASE 1 TREATMENT?

It is best to assume that your child will still need a full set of braces even if they had Phase 1 treatment (see page 149) to correct other issues. Most children who have Phase 1 treatment to address their bite and crowding issues will still need braces when all of their adult teeth come in.

Most times, however, there is a rest period between the two phases. Your dentist should continue to monitor your child’s teeth and keep you informed of future treatment recommendations.

Never hesitate to ask your dentist to explain his/her thoughts on future treatment for your child.

5. HOW MUCH DO BRACES COST? ARE THERE FINANCING OPTIONS? DO YOU ACCEPT MY INSURANCE? 

The price of braces can vary considerably from clinic to clinic and will also vary based on the amount of treatment you need. Most clinics will provide an initial free consultation and then will present a treatment plan to you – which would include the cost of treatment and the financing options available. This helps patients make a clear and informed decision before moving forward with treatment.

Most clinics also accept a wide variety of instalments plans. Simply ask if they accept your insurance.

6. ARE THERE OPTIONS OTHER THAN METAL BRACES FOR ADULTS?

YES! Now there are multiple options for adults who are concerned about the look of traditional metal braces. Some options other than metal braces are:

-ceramic braces

-Invisalign © (removable plastic trays which fit over your teeth)

-lingual braces (braces glued to the back of your teeth)

(Take note that not all of these options are available to every adult. Your options will depend on the severity of your case. Ask for a consultation so you can learn what your options are)

7. HOW DOES INVISALIGN® WORK AND CAN I GET IT?

Invisalign® uses a series of custom-made clear plastic aligners (trays) to straighten your teeth. Each tray makes slight adjustments to your tooth position, a process that is mapped out by your dentist. Every two weeks you switch to a new aligner, or set of aligners, which gradually shift your teeth to a new position. You will still have regular checkup appointments with Invisalign® but will change the trays on your own.

Not everyone is eligible for Invisalign © treatment. It depends on how much movement you will need and how complex your case is. The best way to find out whether you are eligible for Invisalign® is to schedule an exam with your dentist.

8. WHAT ARE LINGUAL BRACES? 

Lingual braces are braces glued to the back of your teeth. They were designed this way so that dentists could straighten teeth without the aesthetic worries traditional braces bring about for some patients.

Not every dentist offers lingual braces and not everyone is eligible for lingual braces. Talk to your dentist to see if this would be a good option for you.

9. CAN BRACES HELP ELIMINATE MIGRAINES?

Many people tend to clench their teeth when they do not fit together properly, this can lead to migraines. Braces can help lessen migraines by moving the teeth to a more natural position. See your dentist for an evaluation.

10. CAN BRACES STOP SNORING?

In some cases, braces will actually help with snoring and even other breathing or sinus issues. Braces can broaden your upper arch which helps open up your sinus passages. See your dentist to find out whether this is a good option for you.

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11. DO YOU HAVE EVENING AND WEEKEND HOURS?

This varies from clinic to clinic, but most offer evening hours and some weekend hours as well. Ask your dentist what the office hours are when you go for an exam.

12. WHAT IS AN APPLIANCE AND WHEN ARE THEY USED?

Orthodontic appliances are necessary when braces alone are not adequate to fully correct your orthodontic problems. Many appliances are used for children and young adults who are still growing. In these cases, the appliance works with your growth to bring about a desired result.

An appliance is anything your dentist attaches to your teeth which moves your teeth or changes the shape of your jaw.

13. DO BRACES HURT?

After getting your braces on, your teeth will feel achy and sore for a week or so (sometimes longer for adults). Your teeth will feel like a sore muscle does after a tough workout at the gym. Some people, however, are hardly bothered by their new braces. Every patient is different and so their response to braces will also be different.

14. DO I STILL NEED TO SEE MY DENTIST WHILE WEARING BRACES?

Yes, it is very important that you still have regular dental cleanings while wearing braces. Your dentist will be able to clean around your braces and will continue to monitor your teeth for decay.

Some people actually need to have extra cleanings while wearing braces because of excess plaque buildup.

15. HOW OFTEN WILL I HAVE APPOINTMENTS?

You will have an appointment every 4-6 weeks unless circumstances require otherwise.

16. WILL PEOPLE NOTICE MY BRACES?

My answer to this most popular question is, yes. If you have brackets glued to the front of your teeth, other people can see them. The ceramic brackets are less noticeable, but they are not entirely invisible.

The consoling part about the appearance of braces these days is:

the brackets are very small braces are very, very common treatment moves along quickly, so you will not be wearing them for long If you want something that is nearly invisible, then you should check into

Invisalign®  or lingual braces. Invisalign ® trays are made of clear plastic, so they are less noticeable than brackets glued to the front of your teeth. Lingual braces are glued to the back of your teeth, so they are the least noticeable.

Not all dentists offer lingual braces or Invisalign ® to every patient. Schedule a consultation to see what your options are.

17. WILL IT BE HARD TO TALK WITH BRACES ON?

Perhaps a little at first. Your lips will need to toughen up to the braces and get used to sliding over them, but you will adjust very quickly. Children adjust to braces especially quickly.

18. HOW SOON WILL I GET MY BRACES OFF?

Treatment for Phase 1 usually lasts 6-18 months. Treatment for Phase 2 (or full braces) usually lasts approximately 18-24 months. These time frames will be longer or shorter depending on: how fast your teeth move (some people’s teeth move faster than others) your age (children’s teeth move faster than adults) hygiene (clean teeth move faster than dirty teeth) cooperation (consistent rubber band or appliance wear, care of braces, being on time for appointments, etc.) other variables (need for surgery, waiting on eruption of teeth etc.)

19. CAN I HAVE COLOURS ON MY BRACES?

Maybe. It depends on the type of braces you receive. Braces used to require a coloured tie/A-tie  to keep the wire connected to the brace, but many new styles of braces do not need A-tie anymore. The newer braces have a tiny door built into each brace which closes over the wire and keeps it in place. They are called self-ligating brackets, and many dentists now prefer using them because they move teeth more effectively and quicker.

Ask your dentist what your options are for having colours on your braces.

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20. WILL I NEED TO WEAR RUBBER BANDS?

While braces straighten your teeth, rubber bands are used to fix your bite. Most people do need to wear rubber bands at some point during their treatment, but some people never need to wear rubber bands at all.

Ask your dentist about whether you will need to wear them or not.

21. CAN I STILL PLAY SPORTS AND AN INSTRUMENTS WITH BRACES?

Yes and yes. There are special mouth-guards which fit right over braces which should always be worn when playing sports. You should be able to get one from your dentist.

You can also continue to play musical wind instruments with braces. There will be an initial adjustment period, and your lips will need to toughen up to the braces at first. Give it a few weeks, and you will quickly get used to playing with your braces on.

22. WILL I NEED TO HAVE TEETH EXTRACTED FOR BRACES?

Tooth extraction is done much less frequently in orthodontic treatment than it used to be, thanks to early intervention or Phase 1 treatment. Many problems can be prevented or fixed while the child is still young by working in coordination with their growth.

That said, removing teeth (though not preferred) is sometimes still necessary for the best orthodontic result. Try to find an dentist who takes a conservative approach to extractions.

23. WILL I NEED TO WEAR HEADGEAR?

Headgear is not used as much in current orthodontic treatment as it was in the past. Now it is only used for extreme overbites. Most patients do not have to wear headgear. Your dentist will let you know if this appliance is necessary for you.

24. DO YOU USE NEEDLES?

No. dentists do not use needles for any part of orthodontic treatment.

25. WHY DO YOU NEED TO TAKE A MOLD/IMPRESSION OF MY TEETH?

Your dentist will need molds of your teeth throughout your treatment for.

various reasons: dentists will often make molds of your teeth at the very beginning of your treatment. This gives them a 3D version of your teeth to look at when they are working out a treatment plan for you. These models are then stored away with the rest of your treatment files.

If you are getting an appliance or retainer, you will need to have a mold made of your teeth so the lab can custom design your retainer or appliance. If you need jaw surgery, implants, or extractions, you may need to have molds made to assist with your procedure.

26. WILL I GET WHITE SPOTS FROM MY BRACES?

White spots will often form around braces if plaque is allowed to build up. Your best defense against getting white spots is to brush, brush, brush! 

Always check in the mirror when you are done brushing to make sure you didn’t miss any spots.

Parents of young children should brush their children’s teeth once a day to make sure all plaque is being removed.

27. WILL I NEED TO GET MY WISDOM TEETH PULLED?

This depends on the size of your jaw and the amount of room you have in your mouth. If you have room, sometimes wisdom teeth are allowed to grow in naturally. Most times, however, there is not room, and they will need to be taken out by an oral surgeon.

If you are still awaiting wisdom teeth, your dentist should let you know at the end of your treatment (by looking at an ×-ray), if your wisdom teeth should be removed. He/she should also be able to recommend an oral surgeon.

28. HOW LONG DO I NEED TO WEAR MY RETAINER?

Teeth love to move and will continue to move for the rest of your life. If you want the best guarantee that your teeth will look the same as the moment you get your braces off, then you will need to continue wearing your retainer for years to come.

Many dentists suggest wearing your retainer full time, for the first 6 months after getting your braces removed, and then moving to night wear after this. Ask your dentist what he/she recommends.

29. SHOULD I WHITEN MY TEETH AFTER I GET MY BRACES OFF?

Getting your braces off is a big accomplishment! Many people do love to enhance their newly straightened smile by whitening their teeth. Many dentists now offer whitening kits or services. If you decide that you do want a whiter smile, ask your dentist what your options are.

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