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 £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 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. Prices include x-rays, all scheduled appointments, emergency appointments, fixed or removable retainers and 12 months of aftercare for fixed retainers.
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 can talk normally within two to seven days.
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 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.
You can still play sport and do all 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.
No, you are never too old for braces and we can achieve terrific results for adult patients who require orthodontic treatment.
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.
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 if you are following our instructions. However, if something does break, 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 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.
If you have overcrowding, you may need to have some small teeth removed 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.
You are welcome to come in for a free meeting with one of our treatment coordinators, 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.
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.
We do accept NHS patients. To qualify for NHS treatment, you must be under the age of 18 at the start of 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.
If you do not meet the NHS IOTN criteria, it is still possible to have orthodontic treatment. We offer low-cost fees for under 18s 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.
Yes, there are several differences between NHS and private treatment. Under the NHS, the choice of braces and appointment times is very limited. With private treatment, there is a wide range of braces 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.
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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Orthodontic Practice

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