Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can i get invisible braces on the NHS?

A. The NHS only provide metal fixed braces (train tracks) as well as removable plate appliances with metal wires. Less visible options are available out with the NHS.

Q. How long does treatment take?

A. This varies from patient to patient as everyone's teeth are different. When you come for your first appointment we will be in a better position to give you a guideline on how long your treatment is likely to take.

Q. Am i too old/young for braces?

A.There is no age limit for treatment and we have patients from six years to eighty who have been treated successfully. Orthodontic treatments that are possible in adolescents are equally possible in adults. Crooked teeth can be straightened out in much the same way.

Q. Will getting braces hurt?

A. We get asked this question quite a lot and the answer is no. You will feel the braces tight to start with and when you get them adjusted. We think it's like a dull headache at worse. For pain control take paracetamol and / or nurofen if you are not allergic to them (Check with your Pharmacist if asthmatic).

Q. Are there certain things I shouldn't eat when I'm wearing my braces?

A. Yes, most of this is common sense and we will go through all this with you when you come in to get your braces fitted. We will also ensure that you leave with an instruction sheet which tells you everything in a bit more detail. Basic things to remember are: Please do not use your front teeth to bite directly into food (e.g. an apple). Try and cut everything up prior to eating. Avoid hard and sticky foods in general. Also please avoid chewing pens, opening sport bottles with your teeth and avoid nail biting. Avoid fizzy drinks and take a low sugar diet. Try using a straw whenever possible.

Q. What type of braces can I get?

A. We offer many different types of braces- metal fixed braces, white ceramic braces, clear removable invisible braces from Invisalign and Lingual braces which fit on the tongue side of your teeth. At your consultation we will be able to recommend the best type of treatment for your needs.

Q. What are retainers?

A. Retainers are required after all treatment to ensure that the teeth stay nice and straight. We know that as we get older our teeth move so retainers are worn to stop this from happening. There are two different types available and we will discuss which option is best suited for your teeth when you are in for your appointment.

Q. How often should I wear them for?

A. Initially you will wear them full time and eventually you will wear them for a couple of nights a week whilst you sleep.

Q. What should i do if my brace breaks?

A. Please contact us as soon as you can. If you have a piece of your brace which is sharp or jaggy, use a small piece of the wax that we will have provided you with. If you do not have wax and are unable to come to the practice then go to your local supermarket and look for any cheese which has a red wax rind. Take a small amount of the wax rind and soften with the heat from your hands. Add the softened wax to the part of your brace causing the discomfort. This wax rind can be used as a temporary measure to stop any discomfort until we are able to see you.