Frequently Asked Questions
Answering the Questions you're asking
What Is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics literally means ‘straight teeth’
Very simply, orthodontic treatment is done by applying gentle forces to teeth and jaws in a very controlled way to improve the alignment and appearance of a patient’s teeth. There are many types of appliances that can be used and there is often a choice of treatments that may be suitable for any given problem. To achieve the best results the orthodontic process should not be rushed, and should be done with several visits and a slowly but surely approach.
The principle goal of orthodontic treatment is to improve the appearance of a patient’s teeth to create a smile you love.
This will include:
- A gentle examination of your teeth with our specialist Orthodontic team
- Photos of your teeth, as well as X-Rays and a Digital Scan of your jaw
- A 3D preview of your future smile
- An overview of all your treatment options and the planned treatment progress
- A detailed quote and overview of what to expect for your next visit.
What Type Of Braces do I Need?
How do I Care for My Braces?
- Brush your teeth 3 times every day. Time yourself for 3 minutes and brush every surface of the tooth. Move the brush gently along the gum line using a small circular motion. Brush in and around all the brackets and wire of your braces. Be gentle but thorough. You do not need to scrub hard! Don’t forget to clean the inside surfaces next to the tongue.
- Please use the Interdental brush (smaller brush) after you have brushed with the orthodontic toothbrush. This small brush is excellent at getting between the brackets and into any small spaces.
- When flossing, threat the end nearest the cotton, into the bottom of the tooth on the lower teeth and the top of the tooth in the upper teeth, and gently rub up and down each side of the tooth. Don’t snap it down in between the teeth as you may damage the gum. Work methodically so that each tooth is flossed.
- Please use a fluoride mouthwash last thing at night, every night.
- The disclosing tablets- the disclosing tablets aim to check how well you are brushing your teeth.
Please read the information leaflet before using the disclosing tablets.
- Brush your teeth as normal
Chew the tablet in your mouth but do not swallow it.
Rinse your mouth out with water.
- Look in the mirror. Are there any pink areas on your teeth? This is the plaque that has been ‘disclosed’ and shows where you need to clean more.
Brush your teeth again to remove the plaque (pink area).
The wax is designed to relieve any pain caused by the braces rubbing against the cheeks. If you feel your cheeks are sore, pinch off some wax and soften it between your fingers for a few seconds. Then mould the wax over the part of the brace which is causing the problem.
If any of the products run out of your cleaning pack you should be able to buy them in a chemist or you can buy a new pack at the practice for €10.00.
If you have any problems with regards to your braces or if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the practice on (074) 91 29400, Monday to Friday