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 Quezon City?
Why is Quezon City a popular tourist destination?
Quezon City has everything to offer for a tourist. It is a delightful destination for art lovers, food lovers and nature lovers. It is the home of the GMA Network Centre where high quality Filipino radio and television programmes are produced and visitors can accidently meet Filipino celebrities on their way to work. Accommodation in Quezon City includes hotels for all budgets, guesthouses and serviced apartments.
Why is Quezon City a popular international medical tourism destination?
Quezon City has world class specialist government and private hospitals and clinics catering to overseas patients. Many of these hospitals are affiliated to American university hospitals. They are accredited by the Philippine Department of Health and international agencies including JCI and the Germany based accreditation organization TEMOS. The city government have launched an initiative to make Quezon City one of the world’s best medical tourism locations by 2020, by adopting the QC Medical Tourism Vision 2020 Commitment at the Medical Tourism Stakeholders Summit held in June 2017.
How does a medical tourist get to Quezon City from the airport?
The airport that serves Quezon City is the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Medical tourists can get to Quezon City from the airport using shuttle buses and taxis. They can also find the local form of transport called Jeepneys outside the airport. Most hospitals, hotels and clinics offer pickup and drop off services for medical tourists from the airport.
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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