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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Should I get my daughter braces, after my bad experience?

    I think my daughter needs braces. I had them when I was younger and they have moved over the years to worse than before. My niece had braces 2 years ago and now has to have a jaw operation! My brother had the same thing, but his have remained pretty good. Luckily my daughter doesn't have the same thing as me and the rest of my family. However, I am still worried I will put her through the pain of the tightening etc and when she's 35 (this is when my teeth moved back) she will regret it all.
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    We provide the best dentistry in the most caring environment. We change the way you feel about visiting the dentist and we take great pride … View Profile

    It's understandable to be concerned after what happened to your niece and your own teeth. If you're worried about her teeth moving when she's older, it may be worth asking your dentist for fixed retainers.

    Hope this helps :)

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    Principal dentist of Newington Dental Care. Previous teaching staff for the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Sydney. Special interest in dental anxiety management and orthodontics. … View Profile

    Everyone's experience with braces can be different... some have gone through a long time of discomfort only to see the teeth go crooked again afterwards and some had braces for only a short time quite comfortably and the teeth remained straight for many years.

    The most important thing is the correct diagnosis of the problem, application of the best treatment (sometimes it may mean treating early in childhood and correcting habits that contributed to the problem) and compliance with retention (wearing retainers and using fixed wire retainers). 

    If you feel that your daughter may need braces and are worried about any discomfort or long term results, discuss these with your dentist or orthodontist. There are many patients that have had braces and had a positive experience, and their teeth still look nice and straight.

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