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Everyone smiles in the same language.
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Frequently-Asked-Questions (F.A.Q.)

Why have I been referred?

Do I still need to see my dentist?

At what age should I have braces?

Can orthodontic treatment be done on adult patients?

Will I have to pay for orthodontic treatment?

Will my brace hurt?

Will I have to have teeth removed?

Will the brace affect my speech?

How long do I need to wear braces for?

How often do I need to attend for appointments?

Can I play contact sports?

Can I still play musical instruments?

What are retainers?

What do I do if I have a problem with my brace?


Why have I been referred?

Your dentist has referred you to an orthodontist because they feel that there is a problem with the development of your teeth or jaws.

Do I still need to see my dentist?

You will still need to attend your dentist for routine check-ups and if necessary your dentist will carry out any extractions. All of your brace treatment will be done at our specialist practice.

At what age should I have braces?

Most orthodontic treatment with fixed braces is done when all of the adult teeth have erupted into the mouth. For the majority of patients, this is usually around age 12 or 13. However, treatment is sometimes done at an earlier stage with removable or simple fixed braces if there is a developing problem with the way your teeth bite together. Some orthodontic treatment is dependant on the growth of the jaws and therefore is best done around age 11-14 in girls and about 12-14 in boys.

Can orthodontic treatment be done on adult patients?

Yes. Most orthodontic treatment can be carried out at any age and more and more adult patients are now undergoing treatment. Tooth movement can be slightly slower than for younger patients

Will I have to pay for orthodontic treatment?

Patients under 18 years of age who are eligible for treatment under the NHS Regulations will receive their treatment and a year of retention supervision free of charge. Patients who are over 18 years of age or who do not qualify for treatment under the NHS regulations will have to pay privately for their treatment- see price guide.

Will my brace hurt?

Fitting of a brace is completely painless. There is no drilling of the teeth involved and the brackets are simply ‘glued’ on to the teeth. As the teeth start to move over the next 2-3 days they will be a bit tender to bite on and the sensation is felt like a small ‘bruise’ on the tooth. The pain can be alleviated with painkillers. Initially the brace may rub the inside of the cheek and lips but this is usually only for the first week or so. We will advise you to buy some special wax to alleviate this problem

Will I have to have teeth removed?

Teeth will only be extracted if absolutely necessary to give the ideal result eg where the teeth are very crowded. Using modern wires and brackets has significantly reduced the necessity to remove teeth and, if appropriate, we may recommend filing the teeth as an alternative to extractions. Click to view 3D model.

Will the brace affect my speech?

Removable braces or functional braces will make you lisp for the first few days when fitted. This is usually not noticeable after a week or so

How long do I need to wear braces for?

An average course of orthodontic treatment takes about 18 months to 2 years. However, with the use of modern brackets and wires our treatment times have been significantly reduced. The length of treatment depends on the complexity of each individual's treatment plan

How often do I need to attend for appointments?

Braces are usually adjusted every 8-10 weeks. However if you have problems with your brace before this next appointment we have an emergency slot between 12.30 and 1pm each day for NHS patients. Please telephone to arrange this appointment.

Can I play contact sports?

Yes but we do recommend that you use a preformed gum shield which we sell at our reception. We strongly recommend that you have a custom made gum shield made once your braces have been removed and this can be arranged with our orthodontists.

Can I still play musical instruments?

Yes but you will notice that you will have to modify your technique slightly once the brace has been fitted and then again after it has been removed. We advise that you do not have braces fitted or removed close to an important concert or exam.

What are retainers?

At the end of your orthodontic treatment you will be provided with a clear plastic removable brace to keep your teeth in position. This needs to be worn for 2 days full time and after this every night for at least the first year. However, since research has shown that teeth do continue to move during your lifetime, we advise that you continue to wear your retainers for 2-3 nights a week long term. These usually need to be replaced about every 5 years or sooner if they become worn.

What do I do if I have a problem with my brace?

If you are concerned about any aspect of your treatment, please telephone our reception and one of our support staff will be able to offer you advice. We have an emergency service every day between 12.30- 1pm for problems such as a brace rubbing or if your brace breaks. You must telephone for an appointment