Frequently Asked Questions...
Learn more about how M-Brace can help you with your orthodontic treatment.
Who provides Orthodontics?
Most orthodontic treatment in the UK is carried out by Specialist Orthodontists working in local practices like M-Brace Orthodontics.
Specialist orthodontists are dentists who have undertaken an additional three years of specialist training.
Due to their additional skills and qualification, their name is included in a separate “Specialist List in Orthodontics” by the General Dental Council and they are entitled to call themselves “Specialist in Orthodontics”.
They usually see their patients on referral from a general dentist.
What will I gain from orthodontic treatment?
The benefits of orthodontic treatment can include the following:
Removal of dental crowding (or sometimes closing gaps)
Alignment of the upper and lower dental arches
Correction of the bite of the teeth so that the front teeth meet on closing
Reducing the likelihood of damage to prominent teeth
Enhancing facial aesthetics
Accommodating impacted, unerupted or displaced teeth
Preparation for advanced dental treatment, such as crowns, bridges or dental implants
Reversing the drifting of the teeth in older patients who have suffered from advanced gum disease
When should children have their first appointment?
Most children begin treatment around the age of 12 or 13, once all their permanent teeth have erupted. In a few instances treatment is better started early and your dentist may want to make an earlier referral. But age is not a barrier to treatment and the number of adults seeking treatment is on the increase.
What happens at my first visit?
The orthodontist will examine your mouth to assess the problem. You may well have X-rays and/or photographs taken. Impressions or "moulds" of your teeth will also be needed before treatment starts.
The orthodontist will then want to discuss the possibilities for treatment with you and agree how to proceed. It is very unlikely that you would have braces fitted at the first appointment.
Will treatment be painful?
Fitting a brace is not painful, at the most a little discomfort is involved. However for a few days afterwards the teeth and gums will almost certainly ache as the teeth start to move. This is to be expected and is not a cause for concern. Your cheeks can also get sore until they are used to the brace.
There may also be some aching after the brace is adjusted from time to time. If necessary you may need to take usual painkillers until things settle down.
How long treatment will take?
A typical case in a 11-14 year old will take approximately 18-24 months of active treatment with appliances on the teeth. Some more complicated cases may take 6-9 months longer.
More straightforward cases may take less time, but rarely less than 12 months (One of the stipulations of NHS Orthodontic treatment is that treatment should 'normally' not be for less than 12 months).
Adult treatments are less predictable in timing and depends on braces used. Cosmetic treatment objetives can be achieved in a very short period of time.
How often will I need an appointment?
You will usually need to have appointments every four to 6-8 weeks. It is not advisable to start treatment if you know you will not be able to keep regular appointments.
What will it cost?
If you are under 18 and registered as an NHS patient with your dentist, we can carry out your treatment on the NHS, pending approval by the dental practice board and no fees are payable by the patient unless appliances are lost or appointments broken. Fee-paying adult NHS patients will be liable to the maximum NHS charge, currently £384.
During your consultation you will be assessed to determine whether you are eligible for treatment under the NHS. This is done using a set of measurements known as the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN). You can read more about IOTN here.
The cost of private treatment depends on several factors. Orthodontics for adults tends to cost more than for children. The overall cost will be affected by the complexity of the case, the type of brace to be used, treatment duration and so on.
Please contact the practice to organise an initial consultation appointment, where our orthodontist can examine you and discuss the cost options for your private orthodontic treatment.
Although there are very few true orthodontic emergencies, sometimes unexpected situations may arise, like loose or broken brackets or that the orthodontic wires may shift and begin irritating your lips or cheeks.
You can download our emergency guide with some tips that can help you deal with any unforeseen issues,
If you have a problem that you cannot resolve on your own, please call our practice. Our orthodontic team will be able to give you advice on how to solve the problem yourself or schedule you the appropriate appointment so that the problem can be fixed.