Frequently Asked Questions

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At what age should children visit the dentist?

From 2 years of age.This helps build their confidence and gets them used to dental visits.

Do I need a referral from my dentist to make an appointment?

No you do not need one. You can just phone in and make an appointment. We do welcome referrals from dentists as well, and it is vital to have a dentist that will look after your teeth while you are undergoing treatment.

How often should you visit a dentist?

Every 6 months if the patient maintains a good oral hygiene.

How often do I need a scale and polish?

Every 6 months to prevent gum disease and bone loss around a tooth

What kinds of braces are available?

There are standard metal braces, i.e. the ones that the wires are tied in with colour elastics. These braces can also be tied in with silver or clear elastics if you choose not to have the colours on your braces. Then there are clear or ceramic braces that work similar to the metal braces and are less visible since they are a similar colour to your teeth. In addition, to these you also get lingual braces that are bonded to the inner surfaces of your teeth so they are not visible. In some cases where the teeth are not very crooked a plate can be given, but the range of movement of teeth is limited. The choice of appliance is somewhat dependent on the arrangement of the crooked teeth.

How long does it take to apply braces?

It depends on the individual case, but typically 60 minutes is the time required.

Will getting my braces on hurt?

Modern braces are designed to minimize any discomfort. However, your mouth will usually be sore the first few days after you get braces and for a day or two each time they’re tightened. This varies from patient to patient. You can take a painkiller for the pain.

Do I need to brush more with braces?

With braces you will need to brush more often – at least 3 to 4 times a day or after every meal and you will need to floss once a day. You can also use a mouthwash daily.

What foods should I eat?

You will need to eat softer foods and cut out sweet items from your diet. If you eat the wrong foods, the braces may come loose or the wire may get bent and delay your treatment progress. If you eat and drink items high in sugar, your teeth may decay resulting in white or brown spots on your teeth. You should avoid chewing gum and harder food such as meat and hard fruits and vegetables should be cut into smaller pieces before you eat them.

Can I play sports?

Yes. However, plan to wear a mouth guard for protection.

How do I brush my teeth? How long should I brush?

Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes, especially first thing in the morning and before bedtime.

Do I really need to floss every day?

This is important because plaque that is not removed by brushing and flossing can eventually harden into calculus or tartar. Cleaning between your teeth may also help prevent gum disease and cavities.

At what age should children visit the dentist?

From 2 years of age.

How often do I need to visit Dr V.C. Bhagwan?

Some people need to visit the dentist once or twice a year; others may need more visits. You are a unique individual when it comes to keeping your smile healthy.

How do I know if I need braces? And will they be beneficial?

The number one reason to choose braces is the desire to improve your smile. The need for treatment is very subjective. If you feel that your smile can be improved by correcting the positions of your teeth or jaws then you do need braces. Orthodontic care can also address functional problems such as open bites or cross bites, which can make chewing food more difficult. If you or your child has a habit such as thumb or finger sucking then interceptive orthodontic treatment can help to break the habit. All of the orthodontic treatments offered are aimed at either improving your appearance, assisting you to attain better function or breaking habits-so it is definitely beneficial to you or your child.

How long will treatment last?

Treatment time in orthodontics is quite variable depending on difficulty and also patient cooperation. Typically for comprehensive cases requiring a full set of braces on both jaws, the range of treatment time is anywhere from 12 to 24 months. Keeping your appointments, following your orthodontist’s instructions, caring for your braces and practicing good oral hygiene is the best method of completing your treatment on time, or in some cases, earlier than anticipated

Should I see my general dentist while I have braces?

Yes, you should continue to see your general dentist at least every six months for cleanings and regular dental check ups.

Will I need to wear a retainer?

Yes. Once you have completed orthodontic treatment with a full set of braces, you will need to wear an upper and lower retainer full time (all the time except eating, drinking and brushing) for at least a year, and thereafter at nights. The purpose of the retainer is to hold the teeth in their new positions while the bone around the teeth stabilizes. Teeth have “a memory”, that make the teeth want to move back toward their original positions. Retainers prevent this unwanted movement. Some patients may need to have a permanent retainer stuck to the back of their teeth if their teeth were extremely crooked when they started treatment.

What our clients have to say

My children and I have visited Dr Bhagwans surgery on numerous occasions for various treatments. The care taken in attending to us has been impeccable each time. Dr Bhagwan is gentle, soft spoken and makes you feel comfortable and assured.
The dental technologist that usually does the cleaning is also very patient and good.
Sarika the receptionist has always been friendly and most helpful. I have been to other dentists prior and certainly did not receive the warm and friendly care as I did here. I would certainly recommend Dr Bhagwan for any dental treatment required.

Tasneem Suleman

A very professional staff and reception. Dr is very kind, thorough and efficient. I did not experience any pain during or after the treatment. I would highly recommend Dr Bhagwan.

Meera Ramdeen

The professionalism and friendliness of the whole team of Dr VC Bhagwan is outstanding. I’ve been going with them for a many dental treatment. Im also keeping up with cleaning and polishing. Every visit is like visiting friends. I couldn’t be happier with the results. Hats off to the team. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Mrs Dayanand

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