Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

1What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry which focuses on straightening teeth and jaws.
2What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist
An orthodontist has chosen to specialise in the field of orthodontics, which focuses on correcting misaligned teeth and jaws; a dentist focuses on the ongoing health of your teeth through regular check-ups.
3How long will treatment take?
Orthodontic treatment usually takes 12-24 months but will vary according to how complex you case is. We will advise you before treatment starts.
4If teeth need to be extracted who will do this?
Your own dentist will usually do this. Occasionally we will refer you to another specialist or an oral surgeon, but as orthodontists, tooth extractions are a last result. We prefer to use orthodontic appliances to move your teeth into position without the need for extractions.
5Do braces hurt?
No, orthodontic treatment doesn’t hurt but there will be times during your treatment where you will experience some mild discomfort. After your braces or aligners have been fitted, and after each adjustment appointment when your braces are tightened, your teeth will likely be tender for three-to-five days. This can be relieved with over-the-counter pain relief.
6How often will I need to see an orthodontist?
Once your brace has been fitted you will need to come in for an appointment once every six-to-eight weeks so we can check on the progress of your teeth and adjust your appliance.
7Will I still need to see my regular dentist?
Yes. It is important to have regular check-ups with your dentist throughout orthodontic treatment. This is so that your teeth can be checked for decay and your gums examined for signs of disease. We would also recommend regular visits to your hygienist.
8What will happen at the first appointment?
Your first appointment will be a chance for us to assess your teeth. Find out more about what happens in our Patient Information section
9What types of braces do you offer?
NHS patients are provided with fixed metal braces, removable appliances or twin blocks. Private patients are offered a range of metal or ceramic fixed braces, removable appliances and fixed lingual braces.
10Do you use Invisalign?
Yes, we are an experienced Invisalign provider and offer Invisalign for both teens and adults.
11Will I need to wear another brace once my treatment has finished?
Once the active phase of your treatment has been finished, it will be necessary to wear a retainer. This appliance is designed to keep your teeth in their newly straightened position. Retainers are either removable or fixed behind your front teeth. Both are extremely discreet and comfortable.
If you have any other questions about orthodontics, please contact the practice for advice.