Orthodontics Common Questions:
In most cases it takes 18–24 months to complete all tooth movements. During this time visits to adjust appliances are required every 4–8 weeks. After this you will need to wear retainer braces to keep your teeth straight.
Teeth are moved with braces which apply gentle pressure to them. Some discomfort might occur at first, but will go away after a few days. You may need mild painkillers and particularly soft food for up to a week.
Sometimes it is necessary to have some teeth extracted by your dentist. These are carefully chosen so that it is not noticeable afterwards, and provided treatment is completed as planned, no gaps should remain. You will need to pay your dentist’s usual fees for these.
No, but if they are not kept very clean plaque trapped around the brace can cause marks and decay. Tooth cleaning has to be of a high standard before treatment, and if not maintained, treatment will have to be stopped even if teeth are still out of position and gaps remain. We recommend the use of a daily fluoride rinse throughout treatment.
For private treatment investment see our price list.
Yes. It can be done at any age, tooth movement may be slower and the scope of treatment more limited.
No. We will discuss the problems with your teeth and the type of treatment we can offer, and what to expect if nothing is done. After that, it is up to the patient and family to decide.
There are limited appointments available after school, though if you insist on these times, gaps between appointments may be longer and the braces may be on for longer. To increase availability of these appointments, any longer appointments required MUST be booked within school hours.
We can provide tooth coloured braces and elastics for some private treatments. For some cases we can provide totally invisible lingual braces on the back of the teeth. In many cases we can use Invisalign clear aligners.
We will only provide orthodontic treatment. It is very important that you continue to go to your own dentist for regular check-ups during treatment, and for any extractions required.
Yes you can, but any removable braces should be taken out while playing. If you have a fixed brace, a mouthguard should be worn which covers both upper and lower braces. We have these available to buy from reception
With a little practice you will be able to carry on as normal. Don’t arrange a fitting of braces near an important exam or performance.
Standard braces have coloured elastics to hold the wire in place. You will be able to choose one, two or multiple colours. Choose silver to blend in with your brace, or perhaps your team’s colours or vivid bright ones?
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These are worn to hold the teeth in place once your braces are removed. Most are clear removable ones. Sometimes we use a fixed retainer stuck to the inside of your teeth. Your teeth can move throughout your life so you will need to wear them for as long as you want to be fairly sure your teeth stay in place!
Retention is covered for up to 12 months. Any visits, repairs or replacements after this are at current private prices.
At your appointment, we put some liquid on your teeth to make them sticky. The brackets are then stuck onto the teeth. A fine wire is then placed in using elastics – coloured if you wish! This takes around 20-30 minutes.
The main risk is marks or damage to the teeth. This will not happen if you keep them clean and are sensible about what you eat and drink, particularly between meals. Tooth roots get slightly shorter during treatment, but this is not normally a problem. Rarely the nerve in a tooth can die off, and would then need a root filling.