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FAQs

We are always happy to throw light on orthodontics! We would prefer to do so in person so why not call the number above or send an email to make an appointment. If you are in a hurry and need a quick answer, we list some FAQs below and you may well find the information you need.

How long does lingual orthodontics take?

The time varies from patient to patient. Because the braces are invisible, you don’t need to delay treatment until after an important event. Life can continue as normal. Each treatment is based on a comprehensive and individually personalised treatment plan and can take anywhere between 6 to 24 months.

Could you give me a Six Month Smile?

A course of treatment in six months is only appropriate for mild problems. The Six Month Smile is a marketing concept designed to attract patients who only want their front teeth moved. But this is not always in the best interests of the patient. Selective tooth movement may cause other problems in the future. So, six months is not something we can guarantee. What we can guarantee is that we will provide you with the best treatment in the optimum time-frame.

How do the braces feel?

Just like normal braces, lingual braces may be uncomfortable for around 7 days. During this time you may:

  • take pain killers to reduce the discomfort
  • place wax over the brackets to protect your tongue
Will lingual orthodontic treatment affect my speech?

Most people do notice a temporary change in their speech. This generally improves after an initial period of adaptation. The new brackets we use minimise this problem.

Is Invisalign an option?

Invisalign or one of the other clear aligner systems is a good option if you only need some simple tooth movement. Some people want to see a dramatic improvement in both their smile and their bite and in these complex cases, Invisalign is not as effective.

Will I be able to clean my teeth?

Yes – in fact, you will need to spend more time keeping your teeth clean than normally. It is essential to maintain a good standard of oral hygiene. We believe this is so important that for patients who do not have a hygienist in their practice or who want the convenience of coming here, we have two hygienists available. Sarah and Katharine are skilled at treating patients with orthodontic appliances and will be happy to see you.

What can I eat while I have braces on?

You will find that some foods are more difficult to eat and we recommend that you avoid them. Popcorn, nuts, chewing gums, crusty bread are examples of foods which might damage your braces. In the early days of treatment, you will find you may not want to eat anything too crunchy and soups and smoothies are likely to seem very appealing. Lettuce, spinach and anything stringy can get caught in the braces although some people don’t have a problem. If you opt for Invisalign, you have to take out your aligners to eat so you don’t need to worry about diet.

Will my teeth stay in the same position after treatment is complete?

No orthodontist can guarantee the stability of orthodontic treatment without a retainer. We want your beautiful smile to last forever. So, at the end of treatment, you will be provided with retainers to protect your investment in your teeth.

Will treatment work for me?

Yes! Contact us to book an appointment for a detailed assessment and consultation.

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