- Q : What is orthodontics?
A: Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of irregularities and abnormalities in the position of teeth and jaws. Braces are used to apply gentle pressure to move teeth into the most desirable positions.
- Q : What are the benefits of Orthodontics?
A: Improved self-esteem and confidence. Improved personal appearance. Improved function of the teeth. To provide a healthy, functional bite that allows teeth to be cleaned more easily. Prevention of trauma to prominent teeth.
- Q : Will I still need to visit my dentist?
A: Yes, you must still have regular check-ups at your dentist and undergo any treatment you may need from them.
- Q : Is there an age limit for braces?
A: No. Increasingly adults are seeking treatment. Improvements in materials and techniques, like removable Invisalign aligners and Lingual braces make adult orthodontics a more attractive option and it avoids damaging teeth permanently to attain a beautiful smile.
- Q : Does a Fixed Brace damage my teeth?
A: The brace is fixed to the teeth with an adhesive that’s strong enough to withstand most chewing but weak enough to be removed without damaging the enamel. The main risk to the teeth is caused by inappropriate diet and poor dental hygiene. Other risks are outlined by the orthodontist during the consent process.
- Q : Does the brace hurt?
A: Fitting a brace is usually painless, however as the teeth start to move they become tender for 3 to 5 days, then it settles down.
- Q : Will my speech be affected?
A: Normal Fixed Braces don’t affect speech. Lingual Braces can initially cause a mild lisp, which usually improves after a few days. Removable Braces worn full time as instructed cause slight speech problems for 1-2 days.
- Q : What does it cost?
A: NHS treatment is free of charge for patients under 18 years old
Private fees vary according to the complexity of the treatment and the type of brace required. We have flexible payment options available, please feel free to contact a member of our team.