How long does treatment take?
Treatment time is dependent on the individual patient and their treatment plan. On average, most adult patients with fixed braces can expect to wear them for between 18-24 months. You will need to come in for an appointment every six to eight weeks, although this depends on the type of braces you are fitted with.
Do braces hurt?
The good news is that orthodontics is rarely painful. You will probably experience some discomfort for about 24 hours after having them fitted, and after each adjustment. This discomfort is a little bit like a headache and can usually be fixed by simply taking a painkiller.
Will braces affect my speech?
Some patients will experience some differences in speech during the first few days or weeks. The braces that are fitted to the front surface of the teeth do not affect how you talk or the sound of your voice. However, those that are fitted to the back of the teeth (lingual braces) may affect your speech for a short time. Most people are able to talk normally within two to seven days.
Can I choose the colours on my braces?
Yes! You are able to choose the colours of the ‘modules’ which you might have seen on your friends’ braces. There is a wide range of colours to choose from.
What are elastics?
Elastics are small elastic bands that some patients need to wear to correct the position of the jaw. Not everyone needs elastics, but they are easy to wear.
Can I eat any foods?
Some foods that we eat are harmful to fixed braces and are likely to cause breakages. Toffees, boiled sweets, mints and hard crusty bread etc. will force the brace away from the teeth or damage/distort the wires. They will also stick and cause decay leaving permanent marks or cavities. Hard fruits or vegetables such as apples or raw carrots can be eaten but must be cut into bite sized pieces first.
Can I still play sport?
You can still play sport and do all of the things that you enjoy doing now! However, we recommend the use of gum shields, and that you do not participate in direct contact sports, such as kickboxing etc
How important is it to keep my teeth clean when I’m wearing braces?
It is essential to maintain excellent oral hygiene when you are wearing braces. You may find that it is a little more difficult to brush and floss, but we will give you instructions on how to brush with your braces. Starter kits containing special brushes to help get in and around your braces are available to buy.
What happens if my braces break?
It is unlikely that your braces will break if you are following the instructions of the orthodontist. However, if something does break, we will book you in to have it fixed, although sometimes it is fine to wait until your next fixed adjustment appointment to have it repaired.
How often do I need to come in for check ups during treatment?
Appointments are approximately every 6 – 8 weeks for metal braces and it’s approximately every 12 weeks for Invisalign.
I work during business hours, am I able to have after-hours appointments?
Yes, we offer late appointments every Thursday until 7pm.
Am I able to have after-school appointments?
Yes, if you are a private patient, you can choose appointments at any time of the day. Our low-cost patients and NHS patients are able to have appointments between 9am and 3pm.
If I am wearing Invisalign, what do I need to be aware of?
You must remove aligners every time you eat or drink unless it’s water.
What does the price include?
Prices include x-rays, all scheduled appointments, emergency appointments, fixed retainers, removable retainers and 12 months after care for fixed retainers.