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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find a list of the questions that us orthodontists hear most, so to put your mind at ease, click on a question and check out the answer.


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Q . I don't want to wear the metal braces, what other options are there?

Ceramic brackets are relatively tooth coloured brackets and are relatively inconspicuous on the teeth.

Lingual braces are placed out of sight on the inner surface of the teeth.

Aligners are clear plastic splints which fit over the teeth and progressively move them to the desired position.

Each option has its advantages and disadvantages and specialist advice is essential.

Q . What can be done without wearing braces?

Orthodontics can be a lengthy process. Some patients prefer to have crowns or veneers fitted to their teeth instead in order to mask the irregularity. Whether this is feasible in any particular case needs good professional advice

Q . Can adults be treated on the NHS?

Currently the maximum age to have orthodontic treatment in primary care is 18 years. Patients may have be able to have treatment under certain circumstances e.g. surgical correction of jaws with orthodontic treatment, usually at a hospital.

Q . How much will it cost?

There is no "going rate" for private orthodontic treatment. Costs are typically in the range £1500 to £3500 per jaw.

Q . Is it always possible to have braces as an adult?

Age is not necessarily a limiting factor. It more often depends on the type of bite you have, the position of your teeth and the condition of both your teeth and gums.

For instance if you have active gum disease, it is important this is brought under control before having a brace.

Q . What is a Brace?

A brace is worn within your mouth and is used to straighten and correct your teeth to improve the appearance of your smile.

Q . SO I've Got My Brace - how long will I have to wear it for?

Every brace and patient is different. If only simple tooth movement is needed the time required to wear a brace can be only 5 or 6 months. A fixed brace used to encourage the movement of many teeth may be needed for more than 2 years. The main factor in how long you need to wear a brace is how well you wear it. If you try hard and wear the brace constantly your teeth will move quicker than if you lose it or keep it in your pocket!

Q . What is a brace made out of and can I choose what my brace looks like?

A removable brace is made of a plastic base, and stainless steel wire that helps the brace to clip on to your teeth or moves teeth about.

A fixed brace is made of brackets glued to each individual tooth.

Eating the wrong kind of foods can damage your brace. Remember braces don't damage your teeth, and you can't taste them. If damage occurs it must be repaired as soon as possible.

Q . Why do I need a brace to straighten my teeth?

A brace will not only make you look better by straightening your teeth but will help you to clean your teeth properly. If you suffer from twisted teeth food can be easily trapped between your teeth and can lead to decay and ultimately tooth loss.

Q . I've heard that having a brace will hurt, is that true?

Braces feel uncomfortable and strange in your mouth at first. Once you get used to wearing a brace you will hardly notice its there.

"You have given me a lot more confidence to smile. Now as an adult its never too late to change your smile. Thank you so much"

British Orthodontic Society The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh British Dental AssociationGeneral Dental Council