Frequently asked questions
What types of braces are there?
These days there are many different types of braces to choose from, including Invisalign aligners and ceramic braces, as well as the more traditional metal braces. We’ll recommend the type of braces we believe you could most benefit from during your free consultation.
What are the benefits of braces?
Oral hygiene is more difficult if your teeth are bunched up and teeth that are sticking out are more prone to traumatic damage. The main reason for treatment is to improve the way your teeth fit together for better function and the long-term well-being of the teeth. One cannot underestimate the importance of a beautiful smile for increased confidence and self-esteem either.
Why can’t I have NHS treatment?
The NHS provides funding for those patients where dental health needs to be secured. In cases of mild irregularity and where the teeth fit together normally, the main benefit is of a cosmetic nature. We are happy to provide this treatment under private or independent contract, should you wish to do so.
Am I too old for orthodontics?
Adult orthodontic treatment has become very popular with age no longer being an issue. Multiple treatment options are now available to serve the requirements particular to adults, such as aesthetic appearance.
What kind of orthodontic treatment will I need?
Custom-made appliances are designed by the orthodontist according to the problem being treated. In many cases you will be able to choose from a range of options, but sometimes one type of treatment will produce more desirable results than another. They may be removable or fixed (cemented and/or bonded to the teeth), and made of metal, ceramic or plastic. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces can slowly move teeth through their supporting bone to a new desirable position.
How long will treatment take?
In general, active treatment time with orthodontic appliances ranges from 12 to 18 months. The actual time depends on the growth of the patient's mouth and face, the cooperation of the patient, and the severity of the problem.
How often will I need to see the orthodontist?
As a rule of thumb, we will need to see you every 10 - 12 weeks depending on the type of brace and the stage of treatment. The use of modern technology allows us to see patients less often, freeing up your valuable time.
How much will it cost?
The actual cost of treatment depends on several factors, including the severity of the patient's problem and the treatment approach selected. We offer flexible payment plans for our patients, which we’ve outlined on our cost and finance page.
Will my teeth stay straight?
Once the position of your teeth has been corrected, the braces are removed and retainers fitted. The modern approach to retention is that they are worn on an ongoing basis. Crowding of teeth is part of the ageing process, so you are fighting old age as well by wearing your retainers.
Will orthodontic treatment hurt?
Treatment may be uncomfortable after the tightening of your braces for a few days, which can be controlled by painkillers, if needed. The tightness normally disappears quite soon after. Please contact the practice for advice or to book an appointment to see your orthodontist if the discomfort does not subside.