FAQs

What will the free consultation involve?

The free consultation is for us all to get to know one another. It allows you to get a feel of our practice to see if we are right for you. In this appointment we will assess your needs and assess your suitability for orthodontic treatment. We will also give you an idea of the treatment process and costings, as well as show you pictures of similar cases that we have completed.

Am I suitable for orthodontic treatment?

When we assess you for orthodontic treatment we will assess your general well being, your medical history, as well as your dental health.
At your first visit we will be able to tell you if you are suitable for orthodontic treatment. In general you are most suitable if you have good oral hygiene and are low risk to dental decay and gum disease.

What is the patient journey like when having orthodontic treatment?

After your free consultation once you are happy the next phase is the planning stage. The planning stage involves us taking the necessary X rays, photos and impressions to plan the best form of treatment. This will be discussed in detail including the benefits of traditional and cosmetic braces, as well as clear aligners. We will send you a letter fully explaining the proposed treatment including the exact costing.

Once you are happy with the treatment proposed the next stage is the treatment itself. An orthodontic appliance will be fitted whether it is a brace or a clear aligner. You will regularly see us to have the appliance adjusted and over time your teeth will align and straighten. Once treatment has finished you will then be fitted with retainers to hold your teeth in their newly aligned positions.

Throughout this journey our dedicated team will be on hand to support you.

How long does it take to complete orthodontic treatment?

This depends on how you present to us and the complexity of your treatment. For extremely displaced and crooked teeth treatment times can take over 24 months. For simple misalignment cases treatment can take only 6 months.

Are there different types of braces?

Yes there are different types of braces. There are traditional braces where the brackets and wires are made of metal. There are also cosmetic braces where the brackets are made of either a ceramic or resin and the wires are coated with a white resin.

Do you do Six Months Smile?

The simple answer is no. There are many types of braces, and Six Months Smile is one type of brace. We feel that we are unable to treat all our patient needs with just one type of brace. At the Orthodontic Centre we select the brace that is most suitable to align your teeth and meet your needs. Whether it is a traditional metal brace or a cosmetic brace we will choose the brace that most suits you.

What are clear aligners?

Clear aligners are used to straighten teeth. There are many different systems on the market with the main market leader being Invisalign. Clear aligners are clear, removable appliances that are made from vacuum formed acrylic. Once you are happy to commence with treatment you will be given a set of aligners that you change every 2weeks. Once your teeth are aligned treatment is complete.

If you would like to know more please do not hesitate to contact us.

Are there risks associated with orthodontic treatment?

As with any dental treatment there are risks and orthodontic treatment is no different. Pain and discomfort is initially experienced when the orthodontic appliance is first fitted. This tend to last for a few days but it does get better with time. For some people, orthodontic appliances can make you more prone to decay and gum disease as it can compromise oral hygiene.
As part of the planning process we will discuss with you all the potential risks and how we manage them.

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