What is orthodontics and how does it work?
Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry which focuses on correcting any misalignment of your jaw and straightening teeth. As you are growing, your jaw is growing too. Your teeth can move through the bone in your jaw so the orthodontist can shuffle your teeth around, using a brace and making them nice and straight.
What is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?
A dentist is a general practitioner who can perform various procedures. An orthodontist is a specialist in braces.
How does orthodontics work?
As you are growing, your jaw is growing too. Your teeth can move through the bone in your jaw so the orthodontist can shuffle your teeth around, using a brace and making them nice and straight.
What happens before treatment?
1. Attend free consultation
2. Patient receives email with clinical assessment from the orthodontist
3. Patient books second appointment and pay £95 over the phone to see orthodontist
4. Attend second consultation with orthodontist. If going ahead with treatment, nurse will take x-ray and moulds of your teeth on the same day.
5. Pay deposit on second appointment if patient is going for instalment.
Do I need braces?
Braces can improve your smile! A great smile can make a big difference to your confidence. Straight teeth are also easier to keep clean and healthy.
Am I too old to have braces?
No-one is too old to have their teeth straightened! Innovative technology means that virtually invisible options are now available, which are extremely popular with our adult patients.
I have crowns/bridges, can I still have orthodontic treatment?
Yes, braces can be fitted to crowns and bridges in a similar way to those fitted to natural teeth. However, we would advise you to delay having any new crowns or bridgework until after the completion of your orthodontic treatment.
Will I have to have teeth removed?
If you have overcrowding, you may need to have some small teeth removed in order to create enough space for the rest of your teeth to be moved into a perfect arch. However, the orthodontist will always recommend removing teeth as a last resort. At the end of your treatment, you will be left with a lovely smile and no-one will ever know you had teeth out.
What costs are involved in tooth extractions, fillings, gum treatment, etc?
You will need to go to your local dentist for these procedures as we do not offer those procedures. You will negotiate the prices with your dentist.
Will I need to come in for a consultation?
Yes, you will need to come in for a full clinical consultation with one of our orthodontists. They will be able to determine which type of braces will be suitable, and devise a treatment plan for you. To book your consultation please call us on 020 7247 5768 and speak to our lovely reception team. Our receptionists will be happy to assist you in making your initial consultation appointment. To secure your appointment, we ask that the consultation fee of £95 is paid at the time of booking. The consultation fee will be deducted from the cost of your treatment.
I'd like to learn a little more about my possible treatment options. Can I come and speak to someone before having a clinical consultation?
You are welcome to come in for a free meeting with one of our treatment co-ordinators, who will be able to show you the range of braces available, talk through any concerns you may have and give you an estimate of treatment costs.
Is there a waiting list to be seen?
Private patients will be seen quickly. Usually we are able to see a patient for their first consultation within a few weeks. NHS patients must go on a waiting list to be seen for their initial assessment, and then will have a short wait to begin their treatment should they meet NHS IOTN criteria. Please note that NHS patients must be under the age of 18 at the time of fitting their braces.
How much should I expect to pay for orthodontic treatment?
A complete course of treatment ranges from £2,800 to £11,000, depending on the type of braces you choose to have. We offer a range of payment plans that we can tailor to suit your needs. For more detailed information on fees and payment plans take a look at our fees page. Low–cost fees, which start at £1,800, are available to patients under the age of 18 on a limited selection of brace types.
Do you accept NHS patients?
We do accept NHS patients. To qualify for NHS treatment you must be under the age of 18 at the start of the treatment and meet NHS IOTN criteria. IOTN stands for Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need. It is a ranking assigned to each patient to determine the necessity for orthodontic treatment and is used to assess eligibility for NHS treatment.
What if I don’t qualify for NHS treatment?
If you do not meet the NHS IOTN criteria, it is still possible to have orthodontic treatment. We offer low-cost fees for under 18’s on fixed metal or ceramic braces. Or alternatively you can receive treatment as a private patient and choose from our range of discreet and virtually invisible options.
Is there a difference between NHS and private treatment?
Yes, there are several differences between NHS and private treatment. Under the NHS, the choices of brace type and appointment times are very limited. With private treatment, there is a wide range of brace type available, appointment times are flexible and include after-school appointments. Metal braces are the only braces available under the NHS. Tooth-coloured options are available on our private and low-cost schemes.
What will happen on my first visit?
Whether you are a private, low-cost, or NHS patient your first appointment will be a clinical consultation. For private and low-cost patients, the consultation appointment will be where you first meet the orthodontist. The orthodontist will have a look at your teeth, take some measurements, and then photos and x-rays will be taken. The orthodontist will advise you as to which types of braces will be most suitable in your particular circumstance, and we will then discuss payment options and book your next appointment. For NHS patients, the consultation will be an assessment to determine whether or not you qualify for NHS-funded orthodontic treatment. If you do qualify, then the next step will be a records appointment, during which further measurements, photos, and x-rays will be taken. If you do not qualify, you will be given the choice of commencing orthodontic treatment as a private or low-cost patient.
Do I need a referral from my general orthodontist?
No, you do not need a referral to come and see us. You can book your free consultation or appointments online or just call us.
I am particularly concerned about wearing visible braces, are invisible braces available?
Yes, we offer a range of virtually invisible and discreet braces to suit everyone. For more information on the different types we offer, take a look at the Invisalign page.
Which type of braces is better?
Each brace treatment will give you the straight teeth results you are after. It is more a matter of whether you want to be seen wearing braces.
Can I choose which sort of brace I have?
It depends on whether you are a private patient, a low-cost private patient, or an NHS patient. Private patients can choose from a range of different options, while our low-cost patients have a choice of two types. Under the NHS however, you are only able to have fixed metal braces.
Which type of braces can get results faster?
Each brace treatment will take about the same time to get the results you want.
Do I need to plan the treatment around a future big day like a wedding?
If you have plans in the near future, please inform us as soon as you can.
How soon can I start my treatment?
There is a 6 week wait for Invisalign as the lab needs time to manufacture the aligners. You
can start almost immediately for metal braces depending on availability slots in our diary.