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If you have a problem which requires urgent clinical attention or advice outside of practice hours please call 01582 465 200. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for in our FAQs please feel free to contact us.
What types of braces are there?
Please take a look at our treatments section for more details on the braces we offer.
What are the benefits?
Oral hygiene is more difficult if your teeth are bunched up and teeth that are sticking out are more prone to traumatic damage. The main reason for orthodontic treatment is to improve the way the teeth fit together for better function and the long-term well-being of the teeth. One can not underestimate the importance of an improved smile for increased confidence and self-esteem either.
Why can’t I have NHS treatment?
The NHS provides funding for those patients where dental health needs to be secured and who are under 18 years of age. In case of mild irregularity and where the teeth fit together normally, the main benefit is of a cosmetic nature. We are happy to provide this treatment under private or independent contract, should you wish to do so.
Am I too old for orthodontics?
Adult orthodontic treatment has become very popular with age no longer being an issue. Multiple treatment options are now available to serve the requirements particular to adults such as aesthetic appearance.
What kind of treatment will I need?
Custom-made appliances are designed by the orthodontist according to the problem being treated. In many cases you will be able to choose from a range of options, but sometimes one type of appliance will produce more desirable results than another. Your braces may be removable or fixed (cemented and/or bonded to the teeth), and made of metal, ceramic or plastic. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces can slowly move teeth through their supporting bone to a new desirable position.
How long will my treatment take?
In general, active treatment time with orthodontic appliances ranges from one to three years. The actual time depends on the growth of the patient's mouth and face, the co-operation of the patient, and the severity of the problem.
How often will I need to see the orthodontist?
As a rule of thumb, we will need to see you every 6-10 weeks depending on the type of brace and the stage of treatment. The use of modern technology allows us to see patients less often, freeing up your valuable time.
How much will it cost?
The actual cost of treatment depends on several factors, including the severity of the patient's problem and the treatment approach selected. You will be able to thoroughly discuss fees and payment options prior to beginning treatment. We offer convenient payment plans to patients. Treatment fees may be paid by lump sum (credit card, cheque or cash) or by standing order over the course of active treatment.
Will my teeth stay straight?
Once the position of your teeth has been corrected, the braces are removed and retainers fitted. The modern approach to retention is that they are worn on an ongoing basis. Crowding of teeth is part of the ageing process, so you are fighting old age as well by wearing your retainers.
Will it hurt?
Treatment may be uncomfortable for a few days after the adjustment of your braces, which can be controlled by painkillers, if needed. The tightness normally disappears quite soon after. Please contact the practice for advice or book an appointment to see your orthodontist if the discomfort does not subside.
If you have a problem which requires urgent clinical attention outside of practice hours, please call the practice on 01582 465200.