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Common questions about orthodontics

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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. Find out what the differences are between an orthodontist and a dentist and what role they play in your oral health.
No. You may experience some minor discomfort, usually after your braces have been tightened or you fit your new set of aligners, but this can be treated with mild, over-the-counter pain relief, and will only last a day or so.
This depends on what orthodontic treatment you require. Once we assess your orthodontic treatment needs at your free consultation, we can let you know how long you’ll need to undergo treatment. On average, most orthodontic treatment takes between 18 and 24 months. However, for minor corrections we also have Invisalign’s fast treatment options that can achieve results in three-to-six months.
A complete course of treatment ranges from £3,000 to £11,200, 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 look at our fees page. Low–cost fees, which start at £2,200, are available to patients under the age of 18 on metal braces. Prices include x-rays, all scheduled appointments, emergency appointments, and retainers.
Some patients will experience some differences in speech during the first few days or weeks.
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.
Yes, we are highly experienced in Invisalign and other discreet treatments, such as clear and lingual braces.
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 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.
You can still play sport and we recommend the use of gum shields.
No, you are never too old for braces. We have treated or currently treating patients in their 60s.
Private patients can choose from a range of different options while under the NHS and low cost treatment (for under 18), you are only able to have fixed metal 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.
It is unlikely that your braces will break but if it does, we will book you in to have it fixed, although sometimes it is fine to wait until your next adjustment appointment to have it repaired.
Appointments are approximately every 6 – 8 weeks for metal braces and it’s approximately every 12 weeks 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 you have overcrowding, you may need to have some teeth removed to create enough space. However, this is always the last resort.
You are welcome to come in for a free consultation with our treatment coordinators, who will be able to explain the treatment and costs involved.
Private patients will be seen quickly. Usually we 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.
Yes we do. You must be under the age of 18 at the start of treatment and meet IOTN criteria to qualify. 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. At the moment, there is an 18 month waiting list.
If you do not qualify, it is still possible to have orthodontic treatment. We offer low-cost treatment for under 18s on fixed metal braces. Or alternatively you can receive treatment as a private patient and choose from our range of discreet and virtually invisible options.
Under the NHS, you are offered metal braces and appointment times is very limited so factor that in if you have a busy schedule and various after-school activities. With private treatment, there is a wider range of braces available and appointment times are more flexible.
We hope you will never need to complain about our service or the treatment you receive here. However, if you are unhappy please let us know either in person or in writing to Dr Murtuza Hasnaini, The Brace Orthodontic Practice, 15 Artillery Passage, London E1 7LJ and read our Complaints Policy at the bottom of the page.
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