What are braces?
Braces are dental devices used to align teeth correctly so that patients get beautiful smiles, comfortable bites and clear speech. The dental speciality that covers braces is called orthodontics.
What types of braces are available?
Braces are structural or cosmetic. Structural braces are fitted for children while cosmetic braces are placed for adults and adolescents. Braces may be fixed or removable. Structural or traditional braces are made of stainless steel. Cosmetic braces are made of clear ceramic material or clear plastic. Some braces are self-ligating, that is, they use a slide mechanism rather than elastic bands to connect to the dental archwire. Lingual braces are metal braces placed on the inner surface of teeth. This type of brace is not visible and are preferred by patients requiring cosmetic braces.
How long do you have to wear braces for?
The length of orthodontic treatment depends on the needs and orthodontic problems of each individual patient. Treatments for adults may take a longer time. On average, patients need to wear braces for about 2 years and then they need to wear a retainer to maintain the corrected position of teeth. For some adults treatment may take about 3 years.
How are braces installed on teeth?
For fixed braces, the orthodontist dries the teeth and places glue or bonding cement on the braces. The braces are placed on teeth and a UV light is shone on them to cure the glue or cement. For removable braces, an impression of the teeth is taken and a technician makes the removable brace consisting of a plastic plate and wires. The brace is then fitted on teeth.
How do braces work on teeth?
Braces exert a steady pressure on teeth. The pressure is periodically adjusted as needed by the orthodontist. Eventually the pressure exerted by braces corrects the alignment of teeth.
Do braces hurt?
Braces are uncomfortable when first placed on teeth. Patients experience soreness and need to get used to the pressure exerted on the teeth by braces. Patients normally get used to braces within a month.
Why do tourists visit Hong Kong?
Hong Kong offers a wide range of delights for tourists of all ages. There are lots of amusement parks that young tourists enjoy by day and unique shows to entertain tourists by night. Hong Kong boasts an excellent transportation system that makes it easy for tourists to get around the city. There are bustling local markets and large shopping malls for those who enjoy low cost shopping or high end purchases. Tourists can savour the delectable local cuisine or opt to enjoy food from across the world at Hong Kong’s many restaurants. Nature lovers can take hikes along mountain trails that lead to the sea or enjoy panoramic views of the islands by taking a cable car ride. Accommodation options in Hong Kong include luxury hotels, guesthouses, budget hotels and youth hostels.
Why do International patients visit Hong Kong?
Hong Kong offers specialist medical, dental and surgical services of a high standard at affordable prices for overseas patients. All hospitals and clinics in Hong Kong are well-equipped and the doctors are experts in their respective disciplines. Most of the doctors and speak English.
How do I get to Hong Kong?
The Chek Lap Kok Hong Kong International Airport is the major international airport serving Hong Kong SAR.
What are the visa requirements for patients travelling to Hong Kong for medical treatments?
There is no special medical treatment visa offered for patients visiting Hong Kong for treatments or procedures. They can enter Hong Kong with a visitor’s visa. Details on how to obtain a visitor’s visa to travel to Hong Kong is available at the website http://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/
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