Frequently asked questions
Q: What is orthodontics?
A: Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry which specialises in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of problems in the alignment of teeth and jaws. There are a variety of appliances that we currently use to straighten teeth. At our practice we use all the latest techniques including clear ceramic brackets, invisible braces on the inside of the teeth IncognitoTM and InvisalignTM.
Q: When should I bring my children for their first appointment?
A: Ideally every child should have an orthodontic assessment by the age of 8 or 9. You can find out more at the Child Orthodontics section of this website.
Q: Am I too old for braces?
A: No, you aren’t! Braces can benefit anyone, whatever their age, as long as their gums and bones are healthy. A large proportion of our patients, in fact 40% are adults, including many who missed out on having their teeth straightened when they were children. Please see the Adult Orthodontics section to find out more.
Q: What treatments do you offer?
A: We provide all types of braces including invisible options. You can find out more about these options on the Adult Orthodontics sections of this website.
Q: Does orthodontic treatment hurt?
A: By using the latest technology, we make orthodontic treatment as comfortable as possible. Having the braces fitted is completely painless, though there can be some discomfort for the following few days.
Q: How long will my treatment take?
A: This very much depends on your individual case. Typical treatment times are between one and two years.
Q: How often will I need to visit?
A:On average we would be expecting to need to see you approximately every 6 weeks during the course of your treatment.
Q: Do I need to see my own dentist during orthodontic treatment?
A: Absolutely! We would always recommend that you see your own dentist for regular check-ups while having orthodontic treatment. With your permission, we’ll also keep your dentist informed of your progress.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: No two patients are alike, of course, but typically you might pay anything from £1200 to £9000, depending on the complexity of your treatment. Please see Our fees for more details.
Q: I’m currently wearing braces and a problem has occurred. What should I do?
A: We’d anticipate the course of your treatment will be largely problem-free, but if something unexpected does occur we’ll promptly address it. See Advice for patients during treatment for details.
Q: What happens when the braces come off?
A: We want to make sure your teeth stay as straight as the day the braces were removed. To find out how we can help make sure this is the case, see the Advice for patients after their treatment is finished section.