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 Metro Manila?
Why is Metro Manila a popular tourist destination?
Metro Manila is the national capital area of the Philippines. It consists of the capital city Manila, 10 satellite cities and 5 towns. Most of the major historical sites, museums, leisure facilities and shopping centres in the Philippines are located here. The region also has a vibrant nightlife and eateries selling the best Filipino and western cuisine. Tourists have a wide choice of accommodation types with hotels and motels to fit every budget and houses, condominiums and apartments for rent.
Why is Metro Manila a popular international medical tourism destination?
Metro Manila has excellent, well-equipped hospitals and healthcare centres that are accredited by the Philippines Department of Health and internationally accredited by the JCI and the ISO. They are equipped on a par with hospitals in the west and offer high quality, yet low cost medical and dental services for overseas patients. Most healthcare facilities in Metro Manila have medical staff who speak English and who have trained in the west. They also offer attractive medical tourism packages for patients, combining treatment and a holiday.
How does a medical tourist get to Metro Manila from the airport?
There are two major international airports in Metro Manila, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and the Clark International Airport. Taxis, buses and the Filipino public transportation vehicles called Jeepneys are available at the airports to take visitors to their destinations in Metro Manila. Some hospitals and clinics arrange airport pickup and drop off services for patients.
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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