How long do I have to wear an aligner each day?

If you are using an aligner, it’s important that you only remove it to for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing your teeth. If you wear your aligner for any less than 20-22 hours per day, there’s a strong chance that the treatment will not be effective.

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Will I need a retainer?

Answered by John Smith

There’s a catch all answer to this question which is essentially, yes, you will need a retainer following your treatment. This is true of all orthodontic work and is essential to avoid the risk of a relapse occurring.

Does having a brace fitted hurt?

Answered by John Smith

You may feel some tenderness initially but the fitting itself is a painless procedure. You may find you have a little trouble pronouncing certain sounds whilst you’re getting used to your braces, but this will usually pass as you adjust.

If you are using an aligner, it’s important that you only remove it to for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing your teeth. If you wear your aligner for any less than 20-22 hours per day, there’s a strong chance that the treatment will not be effective.

Will I need to avoid certain foods?

Answered by John Smith

It’s advisable not to eat foods which may damage your braces or cause you discomfort. For example, you may need to forgo things like popcorn, chewing gum, toffees, crusty bread or anything which is particularly sticky or crunchy. You should also avoid sweets, fruit juices and fizzy drinks.

Will I need to have teeth removed?

Answered by John Smith

Depending on the method of treatment you opt for and the severity of the situation, this is a possibility. With some orthodontic treatments alignment is only possible after some teeth have been taken out.