Frequently asked questions
Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions we get. We hope you find these helpful. If you would like any more information about orthodontic treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialism within the dental industry which focuses on the correct alignment of the jaw and facial structure. Orthodontic treatment uses braces, aligners and other dental appliances to move teeth into the desired position, thus improving overall appearance and oral health.
How will I know if I need orthodontic treatment or not?
If you have crowded or crooked teeth, gaps between your teeth, an over or underbite, or your teeth don’t meet when you bite, you could benefit from orthodontic treatment. Your dentist can refer you for orthodontic treatment but you can also book a free consultation with us to find out if you need treatment or not.
What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
Both a dentist and an orthodontist will have qualified with a dental degree, but an orthodontist has gone on to pursue further postgraduate study, usually two to three years, in the field of orthodontics.
Does orthodontic treatment hurt?
No, orthodontic treatment doesn’t hurt, but you are likely to experience some mild discomfort. This is caused by your braces or aligners working to move your teeth into the desired position. Over-the-counter painkillers should be all you need to help this and it will only last a few days.
How much does orthodontic treatment cost?
The cost of orthodontic treatment depends on the type and length of treatment you receive. When you come in for a free consultation, we will assess your treatment needs and give you a no-obligation quote for treatment.
How long will I have to wear braces for?
Much like treatment cost, treatment time varies depending on your needs, but on average you can expect to be wearing braces or aligners for between 12 and 24 months. Some orthodontic appliances, such as Invisalign i7, only need to be worn for 3 months, but these aligners are only used for minor correction cases.
What is the difference between Invisalign aligners and traditional braces?
Invisalign uses clear removable aligners, which look like a small mouthguard, to move teeth into position. These aligners are virtually invisible so people won’t immediately realise you’re having treatment. Traditional braces are made up of small brackets attached to the surface of your teeth which hold an archwire. Throughout your treatment, this archwire is tightened to help move your teeth.
What is the most unobtrusive form of orthodontic treatment?
If you’re concerned about the impact orthodontic treatment may have on your appearance, Invisalign treatment might be the best option for you. We use Invisalign to treat most cases and because Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, it’s very hard for people to notice that you’re having treatment. What’s more, you can remove Invisalign aligners which is a great benefit if you have an important meeting or presentation.
Will orthodontic treatment affect my speech?
Not in the long-term, although it may affect your speech slightly for the first few days while your mouth gets used to having an orthodontic appliance in it. You may also experience an increased amount of saliva – this is your body’s natural reaction to having a ‘foreign object’ in your mouth, but again, this should get back to normal after a day or two.
What happens if my braces break?
It is very unlikely that your braces will break, particularly if you follow our advice on what foods to avoid. Hard and chewy foods can damage your braces so we recommend you stay away from these during your treatment. When you have your braces fitted, we will provide you with care instructions which outline what to do in an emergency. You can always contact us if you have any concerns.