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 Pasay City?
Why is Pasay City a popular tourist destination?
Pasay City located in the national capital area of the Philippines is home to many unique museums, theatres and entertainment. It is home to one of the biggest malls in the Philippines, the Mall of Asia where visitors have a wide range of shopping and entertainment options.
Why is Pasay City a popular international medical tourism destination?
Pasay City is home to the oldest medical institution in the Philippines, the San Juan de Dios Educational Foundation. There are many clinics and hospitals offering a wide range of medical disciplines, dental care, rehabilitation and surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures. The English speaking staff, the advanced equipment, world class amenities and international accreditation of these medical institutions has made Pasay City a popular international medical tourism destination. Medical tourism packages combining a holiday and treatments are offered at most hospitals that cater for overseas patients.
How does a medical tourist get to Pasay City from the airport?
Terminals 2 and 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport are located in Pasay City. It is also home to the Manila domestic airport. Medical tourists can get taxis, buses and the local form of transportation called the Jeepney to get to their destination in Pasay City from the airport. 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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