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. Normal food and diet is generally comfortable after the first few weeks.
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 lower front 6 teeth.
It is very important to visit your own dentist and hygienist as usual throughout treatment as they still need to monitor the health of your teeth and gums.
Fixed braces are generally adjusted every 6 to 8 weeks and it is very important that you attend each appointment.
Having a brace fitted is a painless procedure. It is likely to ache for a couple of days following fitting, normal painkillers, mainly Ibuprofen can help this. Most problems subside within 48 hours.
Many patients are treatable within one year with most treatments completed within 18 months. If treatment is likely to take longer than 18 months you will be advised before treatment starts.
All patients will be assessed over two occasions for a minimal fee and given a written report detailing treatment options and costs.
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 [...]
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.
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.