Frequently Asked Questions

Here we answer the most common questions relating to Orthodontics

Treatment Options
Invisalign
Fixed Braces
Dental Monitoring

Treatment Options

Are the braces noticeable?

Invisible Braces (Invisalign)
No, invisible braces/aligners are virtually invisible.

Clear Braces
Yes, clear braces are visible.

Hidden Braces (Lingual Braces)
No, hidden braces, also known as lingual braces, are fitted behind the teeth and are therefore virtually invisible.

Do they get good results?

Invisible Braces (Invisalign)
Yes, for both major and minor cases.

Clear Braces
Yes, for both major and minor cases.

Hidden Braces (Lingual Braces)
Yes, for both major and minor cases.

Will these braces affect my diet?

Invisible Braces (Invisalign)
No, you can remove the aligners and eat a normal diet.

Clear Braces
Yes, you will have to avoid eating hard and sticky food.

Hidden Braces (Lingual Braces)
Yes, you will have to avoid eating hard and sticky food.

Is it hard to clean my teeth?

Invisible Braces (Invisalign)
No, you can remove the aligners for brushing and flossing.

Clear Braces
It will be a little difficult but we will give you instructions.

Hidden Braces (Lingual Braces)
It will be a little difficult but we will give you instructions.

Are they comfortable to wear?

Invisible Braces (Invisalign)
Yes, they are very comfortable to wear.

Clear Braces
Yes, because the brackets are small it reduces the likelihood of irritation.

Hidden Braces (Lingual Braces)
Yes, once you get used to the braces being on the tongue-side of the teeth.

How much do they cost?

Invisible Braces (Invisalign)
We offer very competitive prices for this treatment.

Clear Braces
Our prices are competitive and we have flexible financing options available.

Hidden Braces (Lingual Braces)
Lingual braces are one of the more costly treatment options available. We have flexible financing options available to help spread the cost.

Invisalign

What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth and achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Using advanced 3D computer-imaging technology, Invisalign depicts your complete treatment plan based on your Invisalign Provider’s prescription, from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position. Then a series of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth – and your teeth only – to move them little by little. Each aligner is worn for 1-2 weeks before being replaced by the next in the series, gradually moving towards the projected final position. Your Invisalign treatment time will be determined by your Invisalign Provider, based on your specific needs.
How much does Invisalign cost?

As with other types of orthodontic treatment, the cost of Invisalign is dependent on the complexity of your issue and your course of treatment. As a general rule the cost is comparable to traditional fixed braces. The price for Invisalign treatment is £4,200. However, if only minor tooth movement is required, prices could start from £1,500.

What are the benefits

Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible. No one may even notice that you’re wearing these virtually invisible aligners, making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others.

Invisalign aligners are removable giving you the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment by simply removing the aligners. And you can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would for fresh breath and to maintain good oral hygiene.

Unlike traditional fixed braces, there are no metal brackets or wires. This means that in most cases less time is spent in your Invisalign Provider’s practise for adjustments.

And finally, Invisalign allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you even begin treatment so you can see how your teeth are expected to look when your treatment is complete.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign aligners move teeth with an appropriate placement of controlled movement on the teeth. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign not only controls the amount of movement per aligner but also the timing of the movement. So at each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move, as per the Invisalign treatment plan for that particular stage. This results in an efficient force delivery system that moves teeth into the desired prescribed position.

Does the procedure work on overbites?

An Invisalign Provider can use Invisalign to treat overbites in the vast majority of adults and adolescents. Consult an Invisalign Provider to determine whether Invisalign is suitable for you.

Can Invisalign close gaps?

Yes. Spaces between teeth are generally easy to close with Invisalign. Consult an Invisalign Provider to determine whether Invisalign is suitable for you.

Is the Invisalign treatment painful?

Some people may experience temporary, minor discomfort for a few days, at the beginning of each new stage of treatment when they insert a new aligner. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It is a sign that the aligners are working – moving your teeth gradually, helping you to achieve the final results. This discomfort typically goes away in a couple of days.

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

The total duration of treatment depends on the complexity of the treatment and is generally comparable to that of traditional braces. Typically treatment can last between 3 and 18 months. During your consultation, your Invisalign Provider can provide you with more detailed information.

How many patients are being treated with Invisalign?

More than 4 million patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign. The number of Invisalign smiles grows daily.

Is this a new way to straighten teeth?

Dentists or orthodontists have, in the past, successfully used removable appliances for years. But with the application of Align Technology’s 3D computer technology and mass-customisation, the Invisalign System can be used to treat a wide range of patients who wants straighter teeth. The unique ClinCheck® software allows patients to see their treatment plan from beginning to end even before the start of treatment.

Are Bridges a factor in Invisalign treatment?

Because bridges firmly link two or more teeth together, they offer significant resistance to tooth movement. Your Invisalign Provider will be able to determine whether bridges will be a factor in your treatment.

Are Crowns a factor in Invisalign treatment?

Crowns (tooth caps) are usually not a factor in Invisalign treatment. However, sometimes small tooth-coloured composites called “attachments” are bonded onto teeth to help achieve certain movements and are more difficult to bond on crowns than teeth. In these cases, the location of crowns must be carefully evaluated. An Invisalign Provider can provide further advice.

How old is the technology?

In 1945, Dr H.D. Kiesling envisioned that one day modern technology would enable the use of a series of tooth positioners to produce the kinds of movements required for comprehensive orthodontic treatment. Align Technology has made this vision a reality. Using advanced computer technology, Align Technology produces Invisalign, a series of customised clear aligners. Each aligner is worn sequentially by the patient to produce gradual tooth movements in both upper and lower arches.

How often must I see my orthodontist once I have started treatment?

Appointment intervals are generally the same as with traditional braces but can be much quicker with less time spent in the orthodontists’ chair during appointments as no adjustments need to be made to wires/brackets. Patients typically visit us every 4 to 6 weeks to ensure the treatment is progressing as planned, and to receive their next few sets of Invisalign aligners, but your Invisalign Provider will decide based on your treatment.

What are aligners made of and what do they look like?

The virtually invisible aligners are made of strong medical grade thermoplastic material, uniquely developed for the Invisalign System. The aligners are custom-made for you and fit snugly over your teeth.

What is the minimum age that a doctor can treat with Invisalign?

With experience, an Invisalign Provider can use Invisalign to treat malocclusion for a majority of adults and adolescents who want a better smile. For teenagers, talk to your Invisalign Provider to see if Invisalign Teen may be the right treatment option for your child.

Will TMJ affect Invisalign treatment?

To find out if your TMJ problem will adversely impact treatment, consult an Invisalign Provider.

TMJ refers to the temporomandibular (jaw) joint. People with a TMJ condition can have a number of problems with the jaw joint, some of which can be aggravated by appliances and treatments like Invisalign, and some which can improve, remain the same or even cause the condition to deteriorate.

Fixed Braces

What are fixed braces and how do they work?
Fixed braces are used as a method to straighten the teeth. Brackets (metal or clear) are placed on the teeth, and specific metal wires are placed through these brackets to help move the teeth into the correct position. As the teeth move, stronger wires are used to help create the perfect smile.
Do fixed braces hurt?

Once you have had your fixed brace fitted initially, this can cause your mouth to ache. This is completely normal and is nothing to worry about – this means that the brace has already started to work! Sometimes, due to the brace being such a new and foreign object in the mouth, you may find that your cheeks and gums become slightly tender.  This discomfort usually lasts from a few days to no longer than a week, and is to be expected whilst you are still getting used to your brace.

Is everyone a candidate for fixed braces?

Most patients are, but there are some cases which will mean that a fixed brace is not suitable. This will be discussed with you at your consultation.

Do I still need to see my regular dentist?

Yes, regular dental check-ups are a MUST during your orthodontic treatment. It is recommended that you visit your general dentist once every 6 months.

Can I eat normally?

Yes, you are able to eat normally after having a fixed brace fitted. However, we do recommend trying to eat softer foods in the beginning to help your mouth get used to the brace. After you’ve had the brace for a while, we ask that you try to avoid eating sticky, toffee like foods, or anything that is likely to get stuck in the brace as this can damage it and cause the need for extra appointments.

Will having a fixed brace affect my speech?

You may find that after having your brace fitted that you have a slight lisp. This should subside within a few hours and your speech will return to normal.

What happens after my braces come off and will my teeth move again?

Once your brace has come off, you will be in your ‘retention’ stage of treatment. This is where a thin undetectable retention wire is bonded to the back of the front upper and lower 4-6 teeth, as well as being given a thin plastic retainer that must be worn every night. This will stop any unwanted tooth movement, and the retainers must be worn for as long as you want your teeth to stay straight.

Can I have fixed braces as an adult?

Fixed braces can be worn by all ages, though some patients will not be suitable for a fixed brace. This will be discussed with you at your consultation.

What happens if I break something on my fixed brace?

If you break something on your brace, it is important that you notify us immediately.

Can I chew gum with a fixed brace?

No, gum will stick to the brackets.

Dental Monitoring

What is GoLive?

GoLive has been designed to optimise aligner treatment by telling you when the best time to change to your next set will be. This technology is able to track your aligners and send the information to us remotely. Based on the analysis of this information, we can make treatment decisions and send you instructions via smartphone notifications.

Remember to activate the DM App notifications on your smart-phone to make the most out of GoLive.

How do I take my scans?

The DM scan is a set of intra-oral pictures. Simply have a try at the tutorial integrated into the Tutorial section of your DM App for a step-by-step guide on how to take your scans. The tutorial brochure and the Dental Monitoring YouTube channel are also there to help you. Don’t worry, if you get stuck you can always give us a call and we will talk you through the process.

How often should I take my scans?

You should take your scans as early as possible after receiving a notification asking you to do so. We choose a schedule based on our requirements and your biological reaction to the treatment. However, scans can be requested outside the preset schedule if and when we deem it necessary to do so. Simply follow the instructions given by your DM App.

What notifications will I receive?

You will receive two types of notifications from us:

1) Instructions to change your aligners or to remain in your current aligners.

2) Advice for an efficient aligner treatment experience.

What are the benefits of using Dental Monitoring?
  • Fewer check-up appointments
  • Shorter treatment time
  • Optimised aligner change
  • Aligners fit better making your treatment more discreet
  • Receive instant feedback from your doctor
  • Track your progress
Why is it necessary for me to scan?

We are trying to reduce the footfall of patients coming into the practice. With the use of Dental Monitoring, we are able to monitor treatment more closely without having to come into the practice for appointments.

How regularly will I be scanning?

When the Dental Monitoring app tells you to. Simply follow the app notifications.

I have Invisalign aligners. How will Dental Monitoring help with my treatment?

We are able to track the progress of your treatment. The Dental Monitoring app also tells you when to move on from one aligner to the next.

I have fixed braces. How will DM help with my treatment?

With the use of artificial intelligence, we will be able to see when your braces need adjusting via the app. This means less unnecessary appointments.

Book a free consultation or video link chat.

Your first treatment consultation is free and includes a full clinical examination and X-rays if needed. We offer video link or face-to-face consultations, and there is no obligation to go ahead with orthodontic treatment.

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