After receiving your referral from your dentist or yourself, we will arrange your first appointment. We will examine your teeth and mouth and discuss what treatment may be suitable for you.
We will probably take some impressions of the teeth, photographs, and if you are likely to go ahead with treatment, an x-ray.
We will let you know the investment required for any private options.
With the exception of short treatments, private fees are paid 25% at fitting with the rest paid by standing order over 18 months, interest free.
How long does it take?
We will give you a guide at your assessment visit. In most cases, it takes around 18 to 24 months, a little longer in adults, as the teeth are slower to move. If additional braces are needed first it may be 12 months longer, simple treatments may only take 6 to 12 months. Obviously if appointments are missed, and particularly if braces are broken, it will take longer. Once braces have been removed retainers will need to be worn. We can only be fairly sure of teeth remaining in place for as long as retainers are used.
Caring for your teeth and braces
It is very important to take extra care of your teeth and gums while wearing braces to avoid problems such as decay, gum disease and unsightly marks on your teeth. We will give you specific advice on how to look after your braces and teeth and may arrange in-depth appointments with Debs (our Dental Health Educator) to help you with this if we, or you, think this is advisable.
In general, teeth and braces should be cleaned after every meal, brushing around fixed braces or taking out removable ones. A fluoride mouthwash should be used every day, preferably at a different time to brushing your teeth. You will need to be careful eating, avoiding hard or sticky foods. NO chewing gum with fixed braces. Food like apples or crusty bread will need to be cut into small pieces instead of biting into them. You will need to see your own dentist for routine dental care. This is particularly important during orthodontic treatment. For more information on oral health click here for leaflet.