Frequently asked questions about braces

Frequently asked questions about braces at Total Orthodontics

If you’re thinking about braces you probably have a long list of questions that you’d like answered. That’s one of the reasons we offer free orthodontic consultations. So you can find out if braces are right for you and make an informed decision.

Always keen to help, we thought it would also be useful to share a list of our most frequently asked questions:

Q. Are you a dentist, and do you offer other dental services besides orthodontic treatment?

Our specialist orthodontists first trained as dentists, before going on to complete three years of specialist training in orthodontics. Although they’ve undergone the same training as a dentist (and then some), they now focus just on straightening teeth. Luckily for you this means they’re experts and your smile is in the best possible hands.

Q. Do I need to be referred to you by my dentist for an NHS orthodontic consultation?

While the majority of our patients are referred to us by their dentist, you can self-refer and contact us directly to book an NHS consultation. With your permission, we will write to your dentist so they’re kept informed of your orthodontic treatment.

Q. Why can’t I join the NHS waiting list straight away?

If you are eligible for NHS orthodontic treatment you may need to join a waiting list before your braces are fitted. If this is the case, you can only join the waiting list when you are ready to start treatment. Unfortunately we can’t add patients to the waiting list on the assumption that they’ll be ready for treatment by the time they reach the top of the list. So if you’re not quite there we’ll arrange to see you again for a review appointment, at which point you should be ready to start treatment and can join the waiting list.

Q. Will it hurt when I get my braces fitted?

Having braces fitted can be a slightly nerve-wracking experience for some, but rest assured it won’t be painful. You will find that after your braces have been fitted your teeth and gums feel a little tender, but any discomfort should ease within a few days. We can provide you with some orthodontic wax to stop your braces irritating the inside of your mouth, and we recommend that you use normal painkillers for the first few days after they have been fitted. We will explain the best way to manage any discomfort in more detail when we fit your braces.

Q. What is the difference between NHS and private orthodontic treatment?

Funding for NHS orthodontic treatment is limited, so we can only treat a certain number of patients each year, which has resulted in waiting lists at some of our practices. Limited funding also restricts the time we have to spend with each patient, the types of braces we can use and the follow up care that we can provide.

Private orthodontic treatment on the other hand can begin almost immediately, includes a choice of discreet braces, as well as longer and more flexible appointment times. Private treatment also includes two years of follow up care and both fixed and removable retainers; ensuring your teeth stay put.

Despite NHS care having some limitations and less flexibility, both options are carried out to an extremely high standard by qualified clinicians, who aim to give you the best possible result.

Q. How much does private orthodontic treatment cost?

At the risk of sounding vague, it really does vary case-by-case. You can see the starting price for different braces on our private fees page. But if you’re considering treatment, it’s always worth coming to see us for a free orthodontic consultation, where we can provide you with a personalised quote.

Q. Can I pay for my private treatment in instalments?

Yes, absolutely. We offer a range of payment options, so you can break the cost of your treatment down into affordable instalments. We provide both interest-free and no-deposit options, as well as a range of repayment periods to suit you.

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