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What happens at the initial exam?

On your first visit should you or your child be ready for orthodontic treatment we will present a range of treatment options with a range of fees.  We can commence treatment with a down payment for as little as €200 followed by monthly instalments of €200.

This initial appointment consists of a clinical examination which shall give us an insight into your / your child’s orthodontic problems and needs.  This appointment last about 30mins.  We shall take digital photos of your / your childs face and teeth.

If treatment is recommended you will be informed which treatment options would be most suitable and beneficial to you / your child, and given a guide to length of treatment and cost.

Do I need a referral from my dentist?

No, a lot of people come directly although some are referred by their dentist.

Is there a fee for this initial exam?

This appointment is free of charge.

How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?

Please call or email us at: 01 845 6808 or info@dublinorthodontics.ie or complete the online booking form. We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you.

Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist for my orthodontic treatment?

An orthodontist has completed 2-3 years full time training at an accredited university or dental school on top of the five years training (like your family dentist) to become a dentist. Like your orthopaedic surgeon or ENT specialists this extra training gives us a specialised knowledge. This knowledge is what we use to properly diagnose and treat dental/jaw-bite problems. Only an orthodontist can be registered on the specialist dental register.  

All of our specialist orthodontists are on the specialist dental register (Dental Council / Division of Orthodontics as of 4 August 2017). What’s more, our orthodontists are American, British and Irish trained. No other practise in Ireland has such a depth of knowledge and experience.

What is the best age for braces?

According to the American Association of Orthodontists the ideal age for children to have their first orthodontics assessment is 7 years.  In most cases we do not commence treatment at this age however, it does help us plan for the future.  The optimum age for treatment in most cases is about 11 however, we have treated people ranging in age from 7-70!

Can I have orthodontics as an adult?

Absolutely. 35% of our patients are adults.  With clear braces and Invisalign orthodontics can be a lot more discreet than it used to be.

How long will it take to complete treatment?

Treatment times are generally shorter now than they were years ago because of improvements in orthodontic technology. The length of treatment required to create your beautiful healthy smile and stable bite will depend on each patient’s specific orthodontic problem. The average treatment length with braces is 18-24 months.

Do I need teeth removed?

The need for removal of teeth has been dramatically reduced thanks to the introduction of new technology to orthodontics. Removal of teeth may be required only if severe crowding or bite problems are present.

How often will I have appointments?

Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs, but technology allows us to extend the time between visits – most patients will be seen every 6 to 8 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.

Will braces hurt?

Generally, your teeth will not hurt during orthodontic treatment. The advances in orthodontic technology have resulted in dramatic improvements in patient comfort. After certain visits with braces or after changing Invisalign® aligners, the teeth may be sore for a few days. The soreness will be a mild reminder of the positive changes that are happening to your smile, but will rarely be severe enough to warrant pain medication. If an orthodontic patient is experiencing discomfort, Paracetamol or Nurofen can be taken.

Do I still need to see my family Dentist for check-ups while wearing braces or Invisalign®?

Yes, absolutely! Regular checkups with your family Dentist are important while in any type of orthodontic treatment. Your family Dentist will determine the ideal frequency of dental cleanings during your orthodontic treatment. In some cases, it may be advantageous to visit your Dentist more frequently during orthodontic treatment.

Can I return to school or work the day I receive my braces or Invisalign®?

Yes. Technological advances in orthodontics have increased patient comfort dramatically so there will be no reason to change your daily routine.

Can I still play a musical instrument if I’m wearing braces?

Yes, absolutely! Wearing braces will not prevent you from playing a musical instrument, but there may be an adjustment period at first.

Can I still play sports if I’m wearing braces?

Yes, you will be able to participate in all sports. However, since we are advocates for safety in all sports, we generally recommend wearing a mouth guard for any recreational activity that poses a risk of injury to the teeth whether it’s required for a particular sport or not. A custom moulded mouthguard will likely not be possible because they may interfere with tooth movement. We can provide you with a loose fitting mouthguard or you can purchase a re-moldable mouthguard from most high street sports shops. They will adapt to changes in tooth positions during orthodontic tooth movement.

Are there foods I cannot eat while wearing braces?

Yes, but the list is not prohibitively long! We also suggest you cut your food into small bite size pieces. Some of the foods to avoid include: sticky foods, hard toffees, raw vegetables, Juices, fizzy drinks, sports drinks, ice.  By carefully avoiding these foods, you can significantly decrease the likelihood of damaging your orthodontic appliances or marking your teeth.

How often should I brush and floss my teeth while in braces?

Patients should brush their teeth at least two – three times each day – after each meal and before going to bed.  Dublin Orthodontics promotes oral health by encouraging our orthodontic patients to make brushing and flossing a priority to reduce the possibility of tooth decay and gum disease.

What is an emergency appointment? How are those handled?

If you are having any problems with your orthodontic appliances, you should call our office. In most cases, we can address a lot of issues over the telephone, but if you require an emergency appointment, we will arrange it

How much does orthodontic treatment cost?

The cost of orthodontic treatment depends on the severity of the problem and the length of time to correct it.

How can I pay?

We have several options for you to choose from, with interest free monthly payments an option:

Option 1

  • An initial instalment / down payment of approx.€840 due before the appliances are placed, then quarterly payments of between €500 - €600.

Option 2

  • The agreed cost of treatment is payable in instalments by standing order only. An initial instalment of between €140 - €240 is due before the appliances are placed, then €200 monthly by standing order only.

Option 3

  • The agreed cost of treatment is paid in full before the appliances are placed, less discount agreed with your orthodontist.

If treatment takes longer than anticipated there are no additional fees.

Is orthodontic treatment tax deductible?

You can claim up to 20% back through a tax refund with a Med 2 form. Our office will be happy to provide you with receipts.

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