How often do I need to come for my appointments?
Usually you will attend every 6-8 weekly intervals throughout your orthodontic treatment. In some stages of your brace treatment, these appointments may be more frequent being 4-weekly, and other times can be of longer intervals of every 10-weeks. Damon braces which are self-ligating braces allow longer time intervals between appointments. Damon braces have less ‘friction’, and the teeth can move a little more easily in most cases. Your orthodontist will advise you at each appointment when to schedule your next appointment.
Will braces effect my trumpet playing?
We have many patients who play a wide variety of musical instruments, some to a professional level. From our patient feedback, there has been no real problem to playing and hitting the right notes, but initially the brace may rub the lips or the cheeks. Orthodontic wax is a soft pliable material that you can place onto the brace to make it feel smoother. There is also a plastic tubing which can be placed over the brace called a lip bumper which you can place over the brace and remove afterwards. Both the wax and lip bumper have provided more comfort to our patients who have all continued to play their instruments throughout their treatment.
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Can I still use my electric toothbrush with my fixed braces?
Yes, you most certainly can. We do recommend the use of an electric toothbrush.
Whether it is a normal electric toothbrush or a sonicare brush – both are effective and will not damage the brace.
Will clear ceramic braces work in the same way as normal metal braces?
The simple answer is Yes! We work with Clarity ceramic braces which are virtually transparent brackets. Ceramic Clarity braces have been shown to produce the same results as metal braces. The biggest advantage of ceramic braces are their appearance, being tooth-coloured, and therefore your brace treatment is very aesthetic. They work in the same way as metal braces and will result in a great smile.
I wore braces as a teenager, I’m now in my thirties – can I still have brace treatment?
We have many patients who wore braces during their childhood and the teeth have moved back over time. The most important aspect is to assess the health of the teeth to see if they are healthy enough to have a second course of brace treatment. With modern brace techniques like Damon fixed braces, light forces are applied to the teeth to produce gentle movements. The first step is to have a comprehensive assessment by a specialist orthodontist.
I’m getting married at the end of this year, have I left it too late to get braces?
Many congratulations on your fantastic news! No, it’s not too late to achieve the wedding day smile. With the latest brace treatments of invisible lingual braces and Invisalign, even if you are still in treatment – your braces will not show at all on your wedding. We also have a number of patients wearing ceramic or Damon braces and have been able to remove the braces for your wedding day, and re-fit them after your honeymoon. In the majority of cases, during the first six months of treatment, you will notice some great changes with your teeth and I’m sure you will be very happy with your wedding day smiles.
Will I be able to get my orthodontic braces applied to my teeth on my lunch hour?
Yes absolutely! Having orthodontic braces fitted is quite a straightforward procedure. Your teeth are first polished, then a clear varnish applied onto the teeth. The fixed brace attachments called brackets are then placed onto the tooth surface. Finally a thin flexible wire is inserted onto the brackets. Following the actual brace fitting procedure, we discuss in detail all your after-care instructions to enable you to look after your fixed braces and ensure your orthodontic treatment is successful. We have short video clips on the website showing braces being fitted. The brace fitting often takes 30-40 minutes and there are no reasons why you cannot go back to work after the fixed braces have been fitted. We would probably advise you may want to quickly have your lunch first, then attend the orthodontic appointment to have your fixed braces fitted!
Will my teeth shift back to their original position after orthodontics treatment?
The most important stage of orthodontic treatment is wearing the retainers, often called the retention stage of orthodontic treatment. After your teeth have been straightened by removable or fixed braces, it takes time for the teeth to ‘settle-in’ into their new positions. The retention stage allows this settling. There are two types of retainers, fixed retainers consist of a very fine wire which is attached to the inner surfaces of the front teeth to prevent any movement of the front teeth. Removable retainers are often worn full-time for around the first six months followed by night-time wear. From current research, we now recommend long-term wear of retainers to maintain your beautiful perfect smile.
I live near London and I’m interested in coming to your centre for orthodontics. What sort of braces do you offer?
Thank you for your interest in our London orthodontic practice. We are really pleased to say we can offer you the full range of brace treatment. Our specialist orthodontist would provide a comprehensive orthodontic consultation to assess your needs and would be able to recommend a brace treatment suitable for your teeth. We have removable brace treatment including Invisalign braces. Our fixed brace treatment options range from the standard metal fixed braces, through to clear ceramic braces, innovative Damon self-ligating braces and the invisible hidden lingual braces. We look forward to seeing you very soon!