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Who needs orthodontics?
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No one can deny the importance of a winning smile. It makes a pleasing appearance, promotes self esteem and is valuable to social and career success.

When we say we don’t just fit braces we change lives, to us that’s what its all about. Giving our patients the smile the want through the most suitable braces treatments.

Creating beautiful smiles is what orthodontics is all about. Today orthodontics is convenient and affordable enabling anyone from childhood to retirement to reap its important benefits.

Orthodontics is important not only for a great smile and improved self confidence, but for better general dental health.

Braces fit easily into today’s active lifestyles. With a wide range of options, from invisible and hidden braces to ceramic and metal braces. They’ll be braces that will meet your need and lifestyle. Braces are comfortable, easy to keep clean and less visible than in the past.

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Who provides orthodontics?
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You will be treated by one of our specialist orthodontists who are all on the specialist list registered by the General Dental Council and who all have a wealth of knowledge and experience.

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Am I too old for orthodontics?
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People of all ages can benefit from orthodontic treatment; it is never too late to improve your smile. It’s not unusual for us to see patients in their 60’s & 70’s having braces fitted.

The mechanism of moving teeth is the same for adults as it is in children except that it takes longer due to the fact there is no active growth in an adults jaw bone.

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When should I bring my child to see an orthodontist?
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Children should be screened between the ages of 9 to 10 years and are usually referred by their general dentist for an initial consultation although it may be slightly earlier in exceptional circumstances.

Full orthodontic treatment with braces generally starts after all the permanent teeth are in place and all baby teeth have gone, usually 12 to 13 years old.

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What does orthodontic treatment cost?
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All children under 18 years will be assessed free of charge under the NHS and if eligible under strict government guidelines, they will be placed on a treatment waiting list.

If your child is not eligible for NHS orthodontic treatment or does not want to be added to our waiting list there is an independent option available.

All adults over the age of 18 years will be assessed for a minimal fee and given a written report detailing treatment options and costs.

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How long does treatment last?
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Adult orthodontics tends to take longer than in children and can vary from 18 to 24 months depending on the individual, but of course the results will stay with you for life!

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Will treatment be uncomfortable?
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Having a brace fitted is a painless procedure. It is likely to ache for a couple of days following fitting, normal painkillers can help this. Most problems subside within 48 hours.

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How often will I need appointments?
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Fixed braces are generally adjusted every 6 to 8 weeks and it is very important that you attend each appointment.

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Should I visit my regular dentist and hygienist during treatment?
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It is very important to visit your own dentist and hygienist regularly throughout treatment as they still need to monitor the health of your teeth and gums.

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Will I need to change my diet once braces are fitted?
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Yes you will need to change your diet to avoid damaging your brace. If your brace breaks your treatment time will increase. You will need to avoid all hard or chewy foods for the duration of your treatment. You should also avoid sugary foods, fizzy drinks and snacking between meals.

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Do teeth move after orthodontic treatment?
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Yes, teeth will try to move back to their original position once the braces have been removed so it is crucial that you wear the retainers that you will be provided with. In nearly all cases we also fit a bonded retainer which is fixed permanently to the back of your upper and lower front 6 teeth.