Frequently Asked Questions
Will the braces hurt?
For a few days there is some initial discomfort and patients are advised to eat softer foods and take mild analgesics should they experience any discomfort. Many people experience little to no discomfort throughout their treatment as the Damon System uses considerably less force with the use of such light wires.
Do you offer braces on the inside of the teeth?
Lingual braces (inside braces) are not usually offered, although Dr Tindall is qualified to use them. This system tends to be more uncomfortable, affects the speech and uses heavier forces, which tends to extend the duration of treatment considerably. Please feel free to discuss this option with Dr Tindall.
Do you use the Invisalign (clear) System?
Dr Tindall is a certified Invisalign orthodontist, however it is not available in South Africa just yet. Instead a similar system the Essix aligner is used when very mild corrections of the front teeth are required.
How long will I need to wear braces for?
This does depend on the type of problem and can range from 12 months to over two years.
Can I wear a gum guard?
We do stock gum guards at our office otherwise you can also use a Shock Doctor available at most sports shops.
Do I need to be referred by my dentist?
This is usual but not necessary.