Frequently Asked Questions

Will Orthodontic Treatment hurt?

The first few days after getting your braces, your teeth and jaw may feel tender especially when you bite on hard food. We recommend general painkillers to ease the process if required. Everybody is different, therefore some people will not feel anything and others may spend 3-5 days in discomfort. After these initial few days, things should return to normal.

How long do I need to wear braces for?

Normally a full treatment takes around 18 months. However there are more complex cases that can take longer, and cosmetic treatments that may only take approximately 6 months. Every patient is different so you will be advised depending on your case.

What is the best type of brace for me?

Multiple factors should be considered before deciding what the best brace is for you. The most common braces are fixed braces that could be metal or tooth coloured. We also offer removable braces made of plastic and acrylic (known as removable appliances and functional appliances) and clear aligners from Invisalign. Please see our “types of braces” page for more information.

What is the best age to undergo orthodontic treatment?

In general, as soon as adult dentition has erupted around age 12-13. However, in some cases like anterior or posterior cross-bites it could be started sooner. Age is not a barrier for orthodontics but it takes a bit longer for teeth to move compared with teenagers.

How often do I need to visit the orthodontist when I'm getting treatment?

Generally every 5 to 8 weeks. There are certain braces like self-ligating or Invisalign that give more flexibility when it comes to how frequently you need to visit. Please ask your orthodontist about options if you are on a tight schedule.

What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?

Both Orthodontists and Dentists complete 5 years of study to become Dentists, but an Orthodontist has done a further 3 years of studying to expand knowledge on the bite and alignment of the teeth. Therefore a Dentist would look after the general health of your mouth and teeth while an Orthodontist will focus on your bite.

What are the options if I do not want metal braces?

There are more subtle options available like ceramic braces, clear aligners or lingual braces. All the options will be discussed with you in your first appointment.

Can I have colours on my brace?

If you have fixed braces, you can choose your favourite colour at every appointment which would be every 5-8 weeks.  

What criteria do i need to meet to qualify for NHS treatment?

The NHS uses the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN) for all patients in order to determine who qualifies for NHS funding. We will apply for funding on your behalf and inform you on the outcome.

Do I need anaesthetic for my braces to be fitted?

No, you do not need anaesthetic as the process is pain-free.

How long does it take to fit the braces?

It generally takes 10 minutes to fit removable braces and around 45 minutes for fixed braces.

Do I have to remove my braces for eating?

Fixed braces are in your mouth all the time, while removable braces can be removed for cleaning purposes and sports. Ideally, you will eat with your removable braces in your mouth; however this could prove uncomfortable at the beginning.

What kind of foods should I avoid while I have my braces?

You should avoid anything hard, chewy or sticky. For crunchy food like apples or carrots, it is better to chop them and eat them with your back teeth instead of your front ones.

How long do I need to use retainers after treatment?

Once your treatment is completed you will need to use retainers at night to maintain the final result indefinitely or for a very long time.

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