What’s the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?

Most kids grow up visiting the dentist every six months, but suddenly you're getting braces and you have to see an orthodontist instead – so what’s that about? Well, while both a dentist and orthodontist care for your teeth, they essentially do different things. Let’s...

Can adults get braces?

Once seen as something for children and teenagers, more and more adults are having their teeth straightened – and it doesn’t show any signs of stopping. Spurred on by an increase in social media, celebrity smiles and reality TV shows – often showcasing the perfect...

Four braces problems you can fix at home

Most the time, having braces is pretty straightforward, and you’ll be able to go about your day-to-day life without having to think about them too much. However, there may be times when problems occur.  The best course of action is to call us straight away if...
How to straighten your teeth without braces

How to straighten your teeth without braces

So, you’ve been thinking about having your teeth corrected for a while, but just can’t face the prospect of braces? You’re not alone. Many adults feel self-conscious about the idea of a traditional ‘train track’ brace, reminiscent of kids from their school...

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What braces can and can’t do

What braces can and can’t do

Having a brace can do much more than improve your teeth and smile. It can also make subtle adjustments to your face and jaw, making it more symmetrical and bringing out the best in your features. Here’s a rundown of some things that braces can – and can't do.  Will a...

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How do braces really work?

How do braces really work?

So you’ve decided to have your teeth corrected, and you’re looking forward to getting the right brace or aligner for you – but what actually happens once your brace is fitted, and how does it work?  The general principle is that braces apply gentle pressure to...

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What can you eat with a brace – and what should you avoid?

What can you eat with a brace – and what should you avoid?

Getting a brace means you’re well on your way to the smile you’ve always wanted. But first, there are some ground rules that you need to follow when eating and drinking to make sure you get the best possible results. Some foods and snacks can get stuck in your brace...

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Can my child get braces on the NHS?

Can my child get braces on the NHS?

Some children also qualify for NHS orthodontic treatment such as braces, but your dentist would first need to assess your child’s eligibility. If they have minor irregularities, then they wouldn’t be able to access free treatment – it’s only the severe cases that get...

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What’s the best age to get braces?

What’s the best age to get braces?

Is it better to get braces as a child, or should you wait until your teens to get your teeth looked at? And what about if you're an adult – is it too late?  Firstly, the good news is that it's never too late to get your teeth seen to. Many people associate braces...

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Do braces hurt, and how can you ease the pain?

Do braces hurt, and how can you ease the pain?

It’s a bit of a worry, and probably playing on your mind if you’re thinking of getting braces for you or your child – but do braces actually hurt? And how long might they feel uncomfortable for?  A lot of people find a trip to the dentist stressful, but it...

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Which braces work the fastest – traditional or Invisalign?

Which braces work the fastest – traditional or Invisalign?

Everyone wants everything in super-quick time these days – so why not straight teeth? Well, getting your best smile takes time and patience, but it will be worth it in the end, trust us. So, is there any way you can speed up the time it takes to straighten your teeth...

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