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2 Apr 2012

What sort of braces do you offer?

Submitted by admin on April 2, 2012

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...

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29 Mar 2012

Can my son still play his musical instrument with braces?

Submitted by admin on March 29, 2012

My son plays the trombone at The Rhythm Studio in London. Can he still play his instrument if he gets braces?

The trombone is a great instrument to be able to play. Fixed braces should not interfere with musical instruments and you should be able to obtain a lip seal to play the trombone. Initially the fixed braces may rub the inside of the lips. To help reduce ‘this rubbing’, we will show you how to place ‘wax’ which is a soft ...

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28 Mar 2012

Is my 9-year-old daughter too young to get braces?

Submitted by admin on March 28, 2012

My daughter is 9 and she had a very large overbite, which impedes her speech. Is she too young to get braces?

There are certain types of removable braces which can be fitted at an earlier age to start correcting an overbite. Each case must be individually assessed and I would recommend that you arrange an orthodontic consultation with an orthodontic specialist for your daughter, to allow an orthodontic assessment to be carried out. ...

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27 Mar 2012

Can I get braces without having to take time off from work?

Submitted by admin on March 27, 2012

I’d really like to get braces but I work from 8am to 5pm near Winchester. Are there appointments available before or after I work so I can still get straight teeth without having to take off?

It’s fantastic you have decided to have brace treatment. All your appointments, from brace fitting, adjustment appointments through to retainer checks can be arranged after work. We have two evening clinics a week at our Winchester practice and we can easily accommodate you after 5pm when you finish work. ...

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26 Mar 2012

How many adults actually get orthodontic braces?

Submitted by admin on March 26, 2012

Aren’t braces just for children? How many adults actually get orthodontic braces?

Orthodontic treatment with braces is generally suitable for all ages these days, definitely no longer the remit of children. At our London practice, more than 80% of our patients are adults seeking orthodontic treatment. A number of adults didn’t get the opportunity to have brace treatment to straighten their teeth when they w...

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23 Mar 2012

If I get my braces on in the morning, will I be able to go straight to work after?

Submitted by admin on March 23, 2012

If I get my braces on in the morning, will I be able to go straight to work after they are on? I work about 20 minutes outside of Winchester.

You will be happy to hear that after your fixed braces are fitted, you can carry on with all your normal routines. Going straight back to work is no problem after the brace has been fitted. The brace fitting appointment usually takes around 45 minutes. We will provide you with all your after-care advice and recommend you may nee...

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22 Mar 2012

What options do I have for “invisible” braces?

Submitted by admin on March 22, 2012

I’m 30 and have been working professionally in London for many years now. I don’t want any of my clients or coworkers to know that I have braces. Is there a way to fix my teeth without having to get train-track braces?

Yes, absolutely, fixed train-track braces are no longer the big metal braces you may remember from your childhood. Brace treatment technology has improved greatly. You no longer need to feel self-conscious about wearing braces or having brace treatment. Truly invisible braces called lingual braces are available. Lingual braces a...

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21 Mar 2012

Are there certain questions I should ask my orthodontist before I get my next pair of braces on?

Submitted by admin on March 21, 2012

I been to an orthodontist before and my braces didn’t work. They weren’t on long enough for my teeth to set and then I didn’t wear my retainer for as long as I should have. Are there certain questions I should ask my orthodontist before I get my next pair of braces on? I really want straight teeth.

I’m sorry to hear your last course of brace treatment did not result with the smile you were after. The first thing we need to assess is your dental health to ensure your teeth are suitable for another course of orthodontic brace treatment. I understand you did not wear your retainers for the required time and we need to discu...

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22 Dec 2011

I am terrified of needles but I still want to pursue Botox injections.

Submitted by admin on December 22, 2011

I am terrified of needles but I still want to pursue Botox injections. I think that is the best way to treat my frown lines from what I have read online. Do the injections hurt? If so, is there any topical anesthetic that you can give me so that they don't.

Sorry to hear about your fear, but please be assured we don't think any of our patients 'look forward' to that part of the procedure! Quite a number of our patients have similar concerns. The first thing to say is we are able to put some local numbing anaesthetic cream on your skin beforehand so you won't be able to feel anythin...

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21 Oct 2011

I have very crooked teeth. Is fixing them only a matter of aesthetics?

Submitted by admin on October 21, 2011

I have very crooked teeth. Is fixing them only a matter of aesthetics? Is there any health concerns associated with crooked teeth?

When teeth are overlapping or crooked they can be a potential plaque trap and food may get caught between the teeth when eating. Without regular tooth brushing and flossing it can act as a plaque trap with a risk of decay or gum disease. Having straighter teeth reduces the potential of this plaque trap and the teeth are easier t...

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