Dental Braces, Kota Kinabalu

Dental Braces and Retainers: Types, Care, What to Expect

What are Braces and how do they work?

Braces are devices that are used to align and straighten teeth. They are usually made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They work by putting gentle pressure on the teeth to move them into the correct position. Braces can be worn on the top or bottom teeth.

Most people who wear braces are children and teenagers, but adults can also benefit from orthodontic treatment. Braces can help to correct a wide variety of dental problems, such as overcrowding, gaps between the teeth, and misaligned jaws.

Orthodontic treatment usually involves the use of brackets, which are attached to the teeth with a special type of glue. The brackets are connected with an elastic band or wire, which puts pressure on the teeth and helps to move them into place.

Dental braces can be removable or fixed. Fixed braces are glued to the teeth and cannot be removed, while removable braces can be taken out for cleaning.

It is important to brush and floss regularly when you have braces, as food can easily become trapped in the brackets and wires. Orthodontists usually recommend that patients brush after every meal and floss once a day.

How Long Will I Have to Wear Braces?

This is a common question among patients who are considering getting braces. The answer varies depending on the individual case, but typically, patients will wear braces for one to two years. After the braces come off, patients will need to wear a retainer to keep their teeth in alignment.

Will Braces Be Painful?

No, braces will not be painful. You may feel a little discomfort when your orthodontist first puts them on and when you tighten your rubber bands, but this is normal and should go away quickly.

What Kind of Braces Are There?

There are many different types of braces that can be used to align your teeth. Invisalign is a type of invisible braces that are clear and removable. 

Traditional braces are metal brackets that are glued to your teeth and can be tightened over time. 

Removable braces are also available, which can be taken out and put back in as needed. 

Retainers are also an option for aligning your teeth, which are wire-like devices that fit over your teeth. 

Dental implants are another option for those looking to align their teeth.

How fast do braces work?

Braces work by gradually moving your teeth into the desired position. It typically takes about two years to get braces, and you will need to wear them for 18-24 months. However, every case is different, so be sure to consult with your orthodontist.

What’s the best age to have braces?

There is no definitive answer to this question as it depends on the individual’s needs. Some people may need braces at a younger age, while others may not need them until they are older. Some people may also need to wear braces for a longer period of time than others. Ultimately, the best age to have braces is when they are needed in order to achieve the desired results.

When is the right time for braces?

There is no one answer to the question of when is the right time for braces. The decision of whether or not to get braces usually comes down to a discussion between you and your dentist or orthodontist. If your dentist thinks that orthodontic treatment will be beneficial for you in terms of straightening your teeth, then they will likely recommend that you get braces. However, it ultimately up to you whether or not you want to undergo dental treatment with braces.

What can I expect from orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment is a process that straightens or moves teeth to improve their appearance and how they work. It is usually done by an orthodontist, a dentist who has had extra training in this area.

The first step is usually to have a consultation with the orthodontist. They will examine your teeth and mouth and take X-rays and photographs. They will then discuss your options with you and develop a treatment plan.

Treatment can involve wearing braces or other appliances for several months to a few years. You will need to see the orthodontist regularly during this time so they can check how your treatment is going.

After treatment, you will need to wear a retainer for some time to keep your teeth in their new position.

What Complications Can Develop After Braces?

After getting braces, it is important to take care of your teeth and gums. You should brush and floss regularly, and see your dentist for checkups. If you do not wear braces, your teeth may not move into the correct position. You may also need to wear a retainer after your braces come off.

How do I Know if I Need Orthodontics?

If your teeth are crowded, or your upper and lower teeth don’t line up the way they should when you bite, you may need orthodontic treatment. An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in correcting these problems.

You may need orthodontics for several reasons. Your teeth may be crowded, which makes it difficult to brush and floss them properly. As a result, you may have more cavities and other dental problems. Or, your upper and lower teeth may not line up the way they should when you bite. This can cause pain and damage to your teeth.

The best way to find out if you need orthodontic treatment is to see an orthodontist or dentist. They will examine your mouth and teeth and let you know if orthodontics is right for you.

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Klinik Pergigian FTS Chin Dentist Kota Kinabalu
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Klinik Pergigian FTS Chin, located in Likas, Kota Kinabalu Sabah, is one of the most recognized dental clinics in the region. With our skilled dentists and staff, we provide patients with top-quality dental care.
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General Questions

Scaling are typically charged between RM100-RM200. We recommend getting it done every 6 months.
Whitenings typically cost RM999, the procedure usually takes about 1 hour to 1.5 hours.
You can try using a toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth such as Sensodyne. Rub a little toothpaste into the sensitive area when going to bed as it helps protect the surface. Avoid strongly acidic foods or drinks and wait at least an hour after eating before brushing as this could cause even more sensitivity. If the pain continues, speak to our dental team and they may be able to offer further care to reduce your symptoms.
You should wait at least 1 month for your gums to heal before it is ideal to take an impression of your mouth.
3 appointments are needed to before you can take your dentures home. Time between each appointment is about 1-2 weeks. On average it takes about 1 month or less from start to finish.
It is possible to add on extra ‘teeth’ to your dentures after an extraction. Your dentist will check evaluate your current denture first to see if it is suitable. Sometimes if your dentures are too old/ loose/ complicated design, your dentist may recommend making a new set of dentures.
Wisdom teeth usually erupts between ages 17 to 23. If you have had multiple episodes of pain, difficulty opening your mouth, swelling or even a fever. Your dentist will usually need to do a check up and an x-ray to plan for the next step. Please see your dentist if you are experiencing this.