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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find a list of the questions that us orthodontists hear most, so to put your mind at ease, click on a question and check out the answer.

 

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Q . What is orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment is a way of straightening or moving teeth, to improve the appearance of the teeth and how they work. It can also help to look after the long-term health of the teeth, gums and jaw joints, by spreading the biting pressure over all the teeth.

Q . What is the right age to start orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment is generally best carried out in children, but adults can have orthodontic treatment too. Age is less important than having the correct number of teeth. In children it may be necessary to wait for enough teeth to come through before starting treatment. Early examination allows the orthodontist to detect and evaluate problems and plan appropriate treatment. In the past, orthodontic treatment was generally restricted to children. However, the basic process involved in moving teeth is the same at any age and orthodontic treatment is also successful for adults.

Q . How do I go about getting orthodontic treatment?

The first thing to do is to go along to your own dentist and get his or her advice. Your dentist will know whether you need treatment and make the necessary arrangements. They will usually refer you to a specialist orthodontic practice like us for a consultation and treatment.

Q . Who will carry out my orthodontic treatment?

This very much depends on your commitment to the treatment. As a general rule, patients who co-operate well with treatment get good results, whilst those who do not co-operate well, get poor results. Unless retainers are worn in the longer term some settling and growth changes may occur after treatment.

Q . How long does treatment take?

Treatment usually takes 12 - 24 months but will vary according to how severe your case is. Failed and cancelled appointments or repeated breakages of the brace will add to the overall treatment time.

Q . How successful is orthodontic treatment?

This very much depends on your commitment to the treatment. As a general rule, patients who co-operate well with treatment get good results, whilst those who do not co-operate well, get poor results. Unless retainers are worn in the longer term some settling and growth changes may occur after treatment.

Q . Am I not too old for braces?

You are never to old for braces. Patients of all ages from eighteen to eighty have been treated successfully.

Q . How long will it take?

It is impossible to give a definite answer. Simple cases may be completed in a few months e.g. 6 months, the average case may take 18-24 months, while complex cases may take three years or more, especially if jaw surgery is involved.

Q . Will I need to have teeth extracted?

There is no single answer to this question. Much depends on the sort of problem which needs correcting and a decision can only be reached on the basis of a detailed case assessment. Specialist advice is essential.

Q . Is it painful?

A degree of discomfort is likely to start with. You can expect some aching and tenderness in the gums as the teeth start to move, but this mostly wears off after a few days

"You have given me a lot more confidence to smile. Now as an adult its never too late to change your smile. Thank you so much"

British Orthodontic Society The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh British Dental AssociationGeneral Dental Council