When should a first orthodontic visit take place?
The first orthodontic visit should take place at 7 years of age.
If there is an orthodontic anomaly requiring early treatment, a short treatment period (less than a year) will be started so as to prevent any developments that would be long and difficult to treat later (at 11 to 14 years of age).
Should wisdom teeth be extracted as they make your teeth move after treatment?
Wisdom teeth are not the reason for your teeth moving out of place after treatment..
In fact, a comparative study of a group of people without wisdom teeth and another group with wisdom teeth showed that similar movement occurred after treatment in both groups.
The solution to the problem of post-treatment dental movement is not to extract the wisdom teeth but to attach a retainer wire to the inside of the front teeth.
Wisdom teeth are extracted when they do not have enough space to grow correctly.
My teeth are moving. Will the situation get worse if I leave it?
Dental movement is as inevitable as wrinkles. It is a sign of ageing.
To stop the situation getting worse, the teeth must be aligned and an invisible, fixed retainer must be positioned on the inside of the front teeth. Your teeth move throughout your entire life, but this movement is slow. It is therefore not necessary to rush to get treatment.
On the other hand, if you wait for several years and the movement continues, treatment may require extractions to make space for the realignment.
Can the retainer be removed when I have finished growing?
The retainer must remain for life as your teeth move throughout your life. The retainer is invisible, will not bother you, is easy to clean and does not damage the teeth. It can be removed in a few minutes at any time if necessary.
Do I have to wear a special retainer at night after finishing treatment?
The use of fixed retainers means that you do not need to wear a special retainer at night.
How much does it cost?
The cost of the treatment depends on its complexity, its duration and the type of brace used.
How long does it last?
Treatment duration depends on the complexity.
Does it hurt?
Having the brackets attached does not hurt.
However, regardless of the type of brace used, the teeth start to feel sensitive around three hours after they are attached. Over the course of three days, the discomfort will increase, then decrease and finally disappear completely after a week.
You can take paracetamol (e.g. brands such as Doliprane and Efferalgan) to relieve the discomfort during this period, but make sure that you follow the instructions on the pack (see the Dealing with discomfort section). If you are in any doubt, contact us or ask your pharmacist for advice.
Is there an age limit?
There is no age limit for orthodontic treatment. Patients over 60 represent a non-negligible proportion of our work.
Can you have treatment without it being visible?
Yes, lingual orthodontics are completely invisible.
Can you still kiss while you are wearing braces?
Yes, having braces makes no difference.
Can you take part in combat sports?
Yes, but you will need to wear a gum shield that you warm up before use so that it does not block your dental movements.
Can you play a wind instrument?
Yes, but it will take a few days to adapt.
Can you still sing while you are wearing braces?
Yes, but it will take a few days to adapt.
Can I eat whatever I like?
You can only eat whatever you like with Invisalign.
With other types of braces, there are forbidden foods (see the Eating section).
How often do I have to come for appointments?
Use of memory wire means that you only have to come in every 6 weeks.
Can I be reimbursed?
If treatment is started before the age of 16 , the social security system reimburses part of the treatment and your mutual insurance company will reimburse the rest.
If treatment is started after the age of 16, the social security system will not reimburse you, but there are some mutual insurance companies that will reimburse part of the treatment.
If the treatment is ortho-surgical in nature and if it starts after the age of 16, the social security system will pay for half a year of treatment.
Is maxillofacial surgery reimbursed by the social security system?
The social security system will reimburse some of it.