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 Makati City?
Why is Makati City a popular tourist destination?
Makati City is the financial hub of the Philippines. It is the location of many major banks and companies. It also has green spaces, large shopping malls and a wide range of cultural and entertainment activities for tourists. Makati City has a wide range of hotels from high end five star hotels to budget hotels, holiday rentals and self-catering apartments to suit all budgets.
Why is Makati City a popular international medical tourism destination?
Makati City has world class tertiary hospitals and specialist hospitals. They offer high quality specialized medical care and cosmetic surgery, general medical and dental services at affordable prices. Makati City has many spas and weight loss centres that cater to medical tourists. The staff at the hospitals are English speaking and most of the specialists have trained in the west. All the healthcare institutions are accredited by the Philippine Department of Health and most of them are internationally accredited by the JCI and ISO.
How does a medical tourist get to Makati City from the airport?
The Ninoy Aquino International Airport serves Makati City. The airport is 8 kilometres from Makati City. There are taxis and shuttle buses that take visitors from the airport to Makati City. Some hospitals and clinics offer pickup and drop off services for medical tourists.
What are the visa requirements for medical tourists to the Philippines?
There are no specific medical tourism visas required for patients. Patients with valid passports and return tickets 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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