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FAQs and Important Tips

We’ve collated some of the most common questions we get asked, as well as some important tips on keeping your mouth healthy and making the most of your orthodontic treatment.

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that concerns the straightening of teeth, either for health or aesthetic reasons. Some patients may need treatment to help improve the biting function or periodontal (supportive) tissues of their mouth, while others may want to improve the appearance and straightness of their teeth.

What is  a Specialist Orthodontist?
A Specialist Orthodontist is a dental surgeon who has undertaken at least six years full-time post graduate training, three of which involve carrying out solely orthodontic treatment. The training must be carried out in an approved specialist orthodontic department of a hospital or university and is accompanied by a series of intensive exams.  To be called an Orthodontist, a dentist must be registered as a specialist in Orthodontics with the  appropriate regulating body (eg General Dental Council).

How much does orthodontic treatment cost?
This depends on the treatment you require and the type of appliance you’ll be using. We’ll be able to advise you on the cost of treatment during your consultation, but take a look at our list of fees to explore the type of prices you can expect.

How long does treatment take?
Again, this depends on the exact treatment you require. A simple treatment may take around six months, while more comprehensive treatment usually takes around two years.

Do you do Six Month Smiles?
Six Month Smiles was developed for Dentists who do not become Orthodontists.  As our treatments are carried out by qualified Specialist Orthodontists we do not use the Six Month Smiles brand.   However some of our treatments can be completed within six months and usually cost less than Six Month Smiles.

What is the correct age to have orthodontic treatment?
For most people, orthodontic treatment can be carried out as soon as all of the permanent teeth have come through (usually between the ages of 10 and 13).  A few treatments can be carried out earlier than this and there is no upper age limit for having orthodontic treatment.

How often do I need to attend the orthodontist to have my brace adjusted?
You’ll normally need to make a visit every six to eight weeks.

Is the consultation fee included in the cost of treatment?
Our consultation charges are separate to those of treatment, for example, the costs of X-rays and models of your teeth will be charged separately from fixed brace check-ups. Fees will be clearly conveyed at each stage of your treatment.

How long will I have to wait for an appointment?
At the moment most patients can be seen for a consultation within four to six weeks.  If you are flexible with your times an earlier appointment is sometimes available.

Our top tips for successful orthodontic treatment
  • Don’t eat hard or sticky foods
  • Don’t eat sweet or sugary foods or drinks (including fizzy drinks)
  • Brush your teeth thoroughly, and make sure you clean them twice every day
  • Use a fluoride mouth rinse/wash at night before you go to bed
  • Carefully follow the instructions you’ve been given by your orthodontist regarding wearing your brace: for example, if you’ve been told to wear elastics, listen carefully to the advice!
  • If you break your brace, let us know as soon as you can
  • Make sure you continue to see your own dentist for regular check-ups
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