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Diving into the world of orthodontics can be overwhelming at first, but we are here to ease you into this life-changing journey. We’ve compiled answers to some of the questions we hear most from our patients at The Brace.
Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry which focuses on misalignments of the teeth and jaws. A Specialist Orthodontist uses cutting-edge solutions like braces or Invisalign® clear aligners to apply gentle pressure to your teeth and guide your smile into proper alignment.
No, orthodontic treatment shouldn’t hurt you. You may experience some minor discomfort after fitting or adjustment appointments, but this soreness should only last a few days and is treatable with over-the-counter pain relief.
Each patient at The Brace is unique, and so is their treatment plan! The length of treatment will depend on a variety of factors such as the complexity of treatment and the treatment method chosen.
In general, comprehensive orthodontic treatment takes between 18-24 months to complete, and minor adjustments can be carried out in as little as three to six months. When you come in for your free consultation, we can tell you how long your custom treatment programme will take.
Some patients will experience some differences in speech during the first few days or weeks, but as you adjust to your new brace, your speech should return to normal.
Yes, we are highly experienced in Invisalign® clear aligners and other discreet treatments, such as clear and lingual braces.
If you choose treatment with braces, you can start almost immediately depending on availability. For Invisalign® treatment, please allow 3 weeks for your Invisalign® aligners to be designed and manufactured to Dr Hasnaini's exact specification for your teeth.
Both hard and sticky foods can be harmful to fixed braces. To avoid breakages, we recommend not to eat toffees, boiled sweets, mints and hard crusty bread etc. Hard fruits or vegetables such as apples or raw carrots can be eaten, but must be cut into bite-sized pieces first.
In addition to causing physical trauma to your appliance, food that gets stuck around your braces can cause decay and discolouration of your teeth. If you are undergoing treatment with Invisalign® clear aligners, you can simply remove your aligners to enjoy your favourite foods.
You can still enjoy the sports you love during your treatment with us. For the safety of both your smile and your appliance, we recommend the use of gum shields.
No, you are never too old for braces. We have successfully treated patients in their 70s.
We have a wide range of orthodontic treatment options for you to choose from. Dr Hasnaini, our Specialist Orthodontist, can help recommend the best treatment for your smile goals.
It is essential to maintain excellent oral hygiene during braces treatment. We will give you instructions on how best to brush and floss while wearing braces. We also have starter kits for you to purchase that contain special brushes to help clean around your braces.
As long as you are following the food guidelines, it is unlikely that your braces will break. If they do, contact our team. We can book an appointment to fix your braces, or wait until your next scheduled appointment.
With Dental Monitoring, appointments are only needed when biologically necessary. This is usually every 3-4 months for braces and every 6-9 months for Invisalign®.
Yes, braces can be fitted to crowns and bridges. However, we would advise you to delay having any new crowns or bridgework until after the completion of your orthodontic treatment.
If your teeth are overcrowded, you may need to have some teeth removed to create enough space. However, this is always the last resort.
We hope you will never need to complain about our service or the treatment you receive here. If you are unhappy for any reason, please read our Complaints Policy, and let us know your feedback in person or in writing at:
Dr Murtuza Hasnaini
The Brace Orthodontic Practice
15 Artillery Passage, London E1 7LJ
Your first consultation is completely free. There is no refundable booking fee so no need for your card details when you book an appointment. It is important that you get all the facts right to help you make an informed choice.