Frequently asked questions and answers
Will braces affect my lifestyle?
No. In fact, they will fit into your lifestyle.You will still be able to do everything you could before, such as playing sports and musical instruments, but if you have been fitted with braces, you may need to adapt your diet slightly. We recommend you avoid hard sticky lollies as these can cause your braces to come loose. We also suggest you limit the number of soft drinks you consume while receiving treatment. This is because the acidic nature of soft drinks can cause demineralisation of the tooth enamel. Milk is a much better option as it contains protective proteins for enamel.
If you are receiving Invisalign treatment, you can remove the aligners when eating and drinking, but we still suggest you limit your intake of soft drinks and lollies for the health of your teeth.
Are braces uncomfortable to wear?
The wires used in modern braces are much gentle than they used to be. This enables very light forces to be applied to the teeth, reducing any discomfort. The only time your braces may feel uncomfortable is after they have been tightened, but this discomfort should only last for a day or so and can be easily treated with over the counter pain relief, such as Paracetamol.
How much do braces cost?
No two orthodontic problems are the same and the cost of orthodontic treatment will depend on the severity of the problem and the treatment required. We are sensitive to the financial pressures on families today so for your convenience we provide a payment plan for your orthodontic care. You can find out more about this on our cost and finance page.
How long does treatment take?
Treatment varies depending on the severity and complexity of your teeth. Most patients can expect treatment to last between 12 and 20 months, but your orthodontist will be able to tell you exactly how long your treatment may take during your first appointment. Some treatments, such as Invisalign i7, take less than three months but this is only for minor cases.
Can I have Invisalign?
Invisalign is generally for adults but can also be used for older teenagers. In fact, Invisalign has a system designed especially for teenage patients, known as Invisalign Teen. However, the effectiveness of Invisalign relies on all of the back teeth being erupted and very good cooperation on behalf of the patient when wearing the aligners.
What happens after orthodontic treatment?
Teeth have some memory and tend to want to drift back toward their pre-treatment positions. Therefore retainers are fitted to the teeth after orthodontic treatment is completed to ensure that the teeth stay straight. Modern retainers today are invisible so no one will actually see that you have them.
Are teeth extracted?
Not normally. As techniques have improved it is rarely required to extract teeth nowadays.
Do I need a referral?
No. You can arrange a consultation without your dentist’s referral; however, we will ask you to see your dentist for a check-up prior to any treatment. If you do not have a dentist, we will happily provide you with some convenient options. We have a large number of well-respected and caring colleagues who can look after your general dental needs.
Can I play sport?
You will still be able to play all sports. Some contact sports such as rugby, football, hockey and water polo will necessitate a mouthguard being worn. We will provide a complimentary mouthguard when your braces are fitted.
Can I still play a musical instrument?
You will still be able to play all musical instruments. For some wind and brass instruments you may require some wax or an instrument cover for your braces. We will provide complimentary wax and a complimentary instrument cover.
Will my speech be affected?
Braces should not interfere with the way you speak or the sound of your voice. Certain appliances have a minor effect on your voice; however, the tongue gets conditioned to these appliances quickly and speech returns to normal after a few days.