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 visit Antipolo City?
Why is Antipolo City a popular tourist destination?
Antipolo City is a well-known pilgrimage centre in the Philippines. Pilgrims from across the Philippines visit the Anitpolo Cathedral where the image of the Virgin of Antipolo is enshrined. Nature lovers come to see the Hinulgang Taktak National Park. It is also famed for its local cuisine. There are hotels to suit every budget, bed and breakfasts, resorts, guesthouses and apartments that accommodate tourists in Antipolo City.
Why is Antipolo City an international medical tourism destination?
Antipolo City has many well-equipped JCI accredited medical and dental clinics and hospitals that offer services to overseas patients. They offer packages to combine a holiday and treatment.
How does a medical tourist get to Antipolo City from the airport?
Antipolo City is serviced by the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. There are taxis, shuttle buses and coaches to take visitors from the airport to Antipolo City. Hospitals and clinics that offer services to medical tourists often offer airport transfer services and local transportation services in addition to arranging accommodation and offering treatments.
What are the visa requirements for medical tourists to the Philippines?
There are no specific medical tourism visa requirements for patients travelling to the Philippines. Patients with valid passports and return tickets travelling from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Kuwait and a few other countries do not require a visa for staying in the Philippines for up to 21 days. Patients can get details of visa requirements by visiting the website: www.immigration.gov.ph
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