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Frequently asked questions

What are the benefits of having orthodontic treatment?

In addition to making your smile look great, having orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth can make your teeth easier to clean, which means there is less risk of decay or gum disease (which can eventually lead to tooth loss).

The treatment will ensure that your teeth meet together properly, which means there is less stress on your jaw joint and surrounding muscles. This can in turn help relieve regular problems such as headaches, migraines and neck, back or shoulder pain.

And because you will be secure in the knowledge that your smile is looking its best, your confidence and self-esteem may well be improved.

Why choose a specialist orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dental professional who has qualified as a dentist and then undergone further specialist training in orthodontics. All orthodontists are dentists, but only a small number of dentists become orthodontists.In the UK, it takes five years to qualify as a dentist and specialist orthodontic training takes a further three years. This commitment to the specialty means that our orthodontists have an intense passion for straightening teeth. You are going to receive the best of the best to straighten your teeth and give you the smile you desire by using a specialist orthodontist.

Why types of orthodontic treatments do you provide?

We offer an extensive range of orthodontic treatments, which you can see in our treatments section. These includes traditional metal braces as well as discreet and invisible options, such as lingual braces and Invisalign. 

When can a child begin orthodontics?

There is no set age for a child's first orthodontist visit. Treatment is available for children with identifiable or potential problems before they have all their adult teeth. As children grow, their smile grows with them, it is not necessary to wait until all their teeth are set.

Can adults have orthodontic treatment?

Yes. Whatever your age, we can help you to smile with confidence by straightening uneven or mis-aligned teeth. Adult orthodontic treatment has become very popular.

How long will treatment take?

In general, average treatment time ranges from one to two years. The actual time depends on the co-operation of the patient, the type and severity of the problem and the appliance being used.

How much does treatment cost?

The cost of treatment will depend of the severity of your orthodontic problem and will take into account the estimated length of treatment, and the type of braces used. We will discuss all this with you at your consultation.

Will it hurt?

You may find that you have tender teeth and/or a sore mouth in the first week or so of wearing braces. This normally wears off quite quickly and can be treated with over-the-counter painkillers.

How often will my orthodontic appointments be?

This will depend on the type of brace or appliance being used and the stage of treatment. As a rule of thumb, we will need to see you every 6-10 weeks. 

Will I be able to eat normally?

Your teeth will be more vulnerable to problems such as decay during treatment. You should avoid sweet and/or sticky foods, and acidic drinks such as fizzy drinks and fruit juices. You should also avoid snacking between meals.

What about cleaning my teeth?

Taking proper care of your teeth and gums during orthodontic treatment is absolutely vital to avoid problems such as decay and gum disease. After every meal, you should clean your teeth carefully, using a fluoride toothpaste. Brush around the brace thoroughly, between the teeth and especially brush the gums.

Will I be able to talk normally?

Some patients find their speech is affected for a couple of days but this soon disappears. Most patients don’t have a problem at all.

What happens if I have an out of hours emergency?

Please call the practice on 0203 9739334 and listen to the answer phone message for information about what to do.

Will I still need to visit the dentist while having treatment?

Yes, it is very important to continue to visit the dentist and hygienist regularly whilst undergoing treatment. The success of your orthodontic treatment may be affected if good oral hygiene is not maintained.

Do I need a referral from a dentist to book an appointment?

No this is not necessary.

How do I book an appointment?

Call us on 0203 9739334 to book an initial consultation and find out how we can help you achieve the smile of your dreams.