Orthodontics Cork

Orthodontists in Cork

Part of having a beautiful smile is showing off our pearly whites, but it’s also desirable to have an orderly row of straight teeth. Our orthodontists in Cork use a treatment that is essential for anyone with crooked, misshapen, or misaligned teeth.

Bandon Dental provides a wide range of orthodontic treatment solutions designed to turn that frown upside down and restore a clean, orderly smile that looks great and is healthy through all stages of development.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics simply refers to the straightening or correcting of tooth positions. The word comes from ancient Greek orthos, “straight” and odontos, “tooth.” Today, orthodontics is a highly specialised area of dentistry, so not all dentists may provide orthodontic treatment for their patients.

Specialist orthodontists at Bandon Dental provide orthodontic treatment for patients. It seeks to correct the position of teeth to ensure long-term dental and oral health.

Q: What is orthodontic treatment?

Throughout our lives and through stages of dental development, our teeth are prone to grow irregularly, which can lead to crooked or misshapen teeth, bucktooth (malocclusion), or an irregular bite. Orthodontic treatment is a treatment that involves straightening or aligning the teeth.

Many forms of orthodontic treatment, but not all, involve using appliances fitted to the teeth, such as braces, retainers, and aligners. Generally, orthodontic treatment can take 1-3 years, depending on the complexity of the tooth positioning and the skill of the orthodontic dentist.

Q: Is orthodontics dangerous for my dental health?

Orthodontics seek to improve your dental health, but there are some dangers to be aware of. Braces and retainers can cause more plaque and food to accumulate in your mouth, which means you’ll need to maintain good oral and dental hygiene when wearing braces. Moreover, orthodontic treatment should always be performed by a qualified and experienced dental professional.

Q: Will orthodontics permanently straighten my teeth?

Unfortunately, orthodontics is not guaranteed to permanently correct the position and alignment of your teeth. It may be possible that your teeth become crooked or misaligned after receiving treatment. Generally, orthodontic treatment will provide lasting dental and oral health since teeth typically do not alter their alignment drastically.

Q: At what age is it safe to wear braces?

Braces are most commonly recommended for children aged 9–14, but sometimes adults may need braces to realign the position of their adult teeth. Generally, dentists will recommend children’s braces for children under 12.

Q: Is an orthodontist different from a dentist?

An orthodontist focuses more on correcting your bite and the alignment of your teeth. An orthodontist will be trained as a specialist once basic dental training has been completed.

Q: How painful are braces?

Most patients will experience minor discomfort after having braces fitted. The sensation of having braces tightened is unusual, but any discomfort soon subsides. In most cases, you won’t notice any discomfort after a week of wearing your braces.

Q: How do braces work?

Braces apply constant pressure to the jaws and teeth to change their position and push them back into a proper alignment. Brackets are glued to the teeth themselves, allowing the teeth to follow the archwire as they slowly realign.

Q: How long does it take to put on braces?

For most patients, it shouldn’t take longer than 2 hours to have braces fitted. However, fitting time varies depending on the type of braces you’re looking to have applied to your teeth.

Q: How long do braces stay on?

This varies from patient to patient. Some people may only need to wear braces for 12 months, while others may have to wear them for more than 2 years. You’ll need to visit your orthodontist regularly to have your braces adjusted.  

Q: How much are retainers?

The cost of retainers in Ireland varies. Bonded retainers cost 150. Get in touch with our dentist in Cork to find out more.

Q: How to clean retainers?

Keeping your retainers clean is fairly simple. You should remove them each morning and rinse them thoroughly under running water. This will get rid of any surface debris and bacteria. Avoid using anything abrasive to clean your retainers. Furthermore, never clean your retainers with hot or boiling water.

Q: How long do you have to wear retainers after braces?

Most patients will need to wear a retainer for around 4 months after having their braces removed. However, some may need to wear a retainer for up to 12 months. Retainers need to be worn all day, and you should only remove your retainers to clean them.

Q: What other services do we offer?

As well as orthodontics, dentists in Bandon offer a full range of adult and paediatric dentist treatments. Speak to us about dental bridges, fillings, Invisalign, teeth whitening and dental crowns. We also offer emergency dentist appointments and dental hygienist routine cleans.

Restore a Healthy Smile with Orthodontic Treatment in Cork

Realign your teeth and restore a full and healthy smile while encouraging healthy long-term dental health with orthodontic treatment solutions from Bandon Dental.

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