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Nov
04

You’ll be rid of your braces in just six months, so don't put it off any longer. Here’s the full story.

Sometimes, writing our daily blog is a bit of a chore and we struggle for something to write about. On other occasions, however, a topic falls right into our lap.
 

Yesterday, we received an email from a mother of a seventeen-year-old son who was facing the prospect of having braces fitted. Sounds simple enough – but not so.
 

Her son – let’s call him Michael for the purpose of this article – was painfully shy and didn’t want braces as he felt they would draw attention to himself. We fully understand his plight. At the same age, most of us were lacking in self-confidence, and would probably have run a mile from anything that we thought made us look or feel different.
 

Thankfully, however, we had plenty of good news to impart to Michael – and his Mum. For a start, the days of the old-fashioned ‘train tracks’ have been consigned to history.
 

Orthodontics has come a very long way in recent decades, and the latest generation of braces are practically invisible. This added level of discretion means that they don't attract attention in the same way that their predecessors would have done.
 

The material that they’re made from is lightweight, yet strong, so it does the same job as the older models, but in a much quieter and unassuming manner.
 

We also had a huge bit of good news for Michael in terms of how long his ‘sentence’ would be. Not too long ago, our patients had to wear braces for two years or more, waiting for them to do their job of straightening crooked or overcrowded teeth.
 

These days, however, it only takes six months to achieve exactly the same results. This is a huge big deal for people like Michael, where every extra day wearing braces is almost a form of penance.
 

Our email response to Michael’s Mum also referenced the fact that the modern generation of braces is way more comfortable than heretofore. The pressure they exert is very gentle, and many of our patients tell us that they soon forget they're even wearing them.
 

And though she hadn’t mentioned the issue of cost, we took the liberty of telling Michael’s Mum that there was no need to worry about the price of these modern-day wonders. It may sound like they’d cost much more than the older version, but the opposite is the truth. This is because the patient spends less time with us, so we can afford to pass on the savings in time.
 

We also mentioned, in passing, that if she wanted to, she could opt to spread the payments over three months, six months or even nine months – thanks to our 0% Dental Finance Plan.
 

And a final sign-off message was that when you're in the market for orthodontics Dublin is one of Europe’s leading centres of excellence, providing genuinely world-class dentistry.
 

We hope that Michael was suitably reassured by our response, and we look forward to meeting him in the near future when we can start him on the road to a beautiful, straight smile.
 

And all our work, of course, is covered by the Code of Practice of the Irish Dental Council - (http://www.dentalcouncil.ie/g_dentalethics.php)