Q. How long will it take to get my teeth straightened?
A. On average treatment takes between 15 and 18 months.
Q. How often will I have to visit the orthodontist?
A. Once the braces are fitted they will need adjustment every 6-8 weeks.
Q. Will orthodontic treatment be painful?
A. Most people experience some discomfort in the first week to ten days after treatment commences and occasionally for a few days after each adjustment. Most patients report that this discomfort is mild and we can give advise on how to minimise this.
Q. How much will treatment cost?
A. The fee is based on the individual treatment you require (i.e., the length of time involved and the type of appliance required).
Q. What age should my child be assessed at?
A. It is currently recommended that children are assessed at age 10 unless your own dentist has advised otherwise.
Q. Will I need to have teeth removed?
A. Removal of teeth is sometimes necessary to relieve crowding and/or correct a poor bite. Each case is assessed individually and best practice is followed in recognition of the most recent scientific evidence.
Q. What should I do if I have a breakage with my appliance?
A. Call the office and we will issue you with an emergency appointment to have this repaired.
Q. How long do I need to wear my retainers for after treatment?
A. Retainers are worn indefinitely after treatment. We recommend wearing them full time for the first 3 months and then every night in bed thereafter. Retention is very important to ensure that your teeth stay in their new positions.
Q. Will my teeth stay straight after the treatment has finished?
A. At the end of treatment, your teeth will have been moved from their natural crowded or irregular position to a man-made straight one. Teeth move throughout life whether you have had orthodontic treatment or not. Post-orthodontic movement can be minimised by wearing retainers (night-time only) long-term.
Q. What can I eat when braces are fitted?
A. You may wish to stick to soft foods like pasta or beans for 1 to 2 days immediately after braces are fitted, but after that you can eat most foods. Cut up hard foods, like apples, into smaller pieces so you don't need to bite into them. This can damage the wire on your brace. Avoid sticky sugary foods and hard crusty bread, these can become stuck in the brace and damage your teeth.
Q. How should I clean my braces?
A. After your brace is fitted one of our dental nurses will run through an oral hygiene demo and offer an orthodontic pack which contains all the aftercare products that you need to clean your appliance.
Q. Can I play sport while wearing braces?
A. Yes. However, it is generally advised that you wear a mouth guard for contact sports while wearing fixed appliances. We can provide a mouth guard when you have your appliances fitted if needed.
Q. How do I make an appointment?
A. You can make an appointment by phoning the practice at 028 6632 5545.
Q. Are extractions carried out by the Orthodontist?
A. No we don’t carry out extractions at the practice. Should extractions be required as part of your orthodontic treatment we will give you a letter to bring to your general dentist detailing which teeth need to be extracted.