Frequently Asked Questions
The British Orthodontic Society have produced an excellent video to help patients make the right choices when considering orthodontic treatment.
- Straighter teeth
If you’re bothered by crooked teeth, then orthodontic treatment can straighten your teeth making you feel happier and more confident with your smile.
- Improve your bite
Orthodontic treatment is beneficial if your bite is causing problems with the health of your teeth and/or gums.
- All Orthodontists are qualified dentists
- It takes at least 3 years of postgraduate training to become an Orthodontist.
- At the successful completion of their training, they join the Specialist List for Orthodontics of the General Dental Council
- Once they are on the Specialist List, they can then call themselves “Specialist Orthodontists”
Protruding Teeth – Most often this occurs when the top teeth are much further ahead of the lower teeth than normal.
Reverse Bite – This is where the lower teeth bite in front of the top teeth. This can in some cases cause damage to the teeth and gums.
Missing Teeth – Some people fail to develop all their adult teeth. They either have gaps between their teeth or the baby teeth remain in place.
Healthy teeth can be moved with braces at any age. A healthy, beautiful smile can improve self-esteem, no matter what your age is.
As everyone has a different type of problem with their teeth, it is very difficult to give an timescale for brace treatment. Average treatment times vary from 6 months to over 2 years. Following your assessment you will be given an approximate timescale for your treatment.
Modern orthodontic techniques can help to avoid unnecessary tooth extraction. Sometimes, teeth may need to be removed if they are unhealthy or if there isn’t enough space to straighten the teeth and correct the bite. The extractions are carried out by your dentist.
Soon after the brace is fitted, patients often say that their teeth feel “tight”. For the first few days the teeth may feel sore and tender. Don’t worry, the teeth are just starting to move and it is normal for the teeth to feel like this. Painkillers can help reduce the discomfort in the early days of your brace treatment and the pain will lessen within about a week.
The brace can sometimes feel like it is rubbing the lips/cheeks/tongue at the start of treatment. You will be given some wax which you can place on the brace to make it more comfortable.
You need to be seen regularly, usually every 4 to 12 weeks to check the progress of your treatment. If you don’t attend appointments or repeatedly cancel your appointments then your treatment will take much longer than expected.
Contact the practice to arrange an appointment: Rustington: 01903 773880 and Winchester: 01962 855151. Please don’t wait until your next appointment, unless it is within a few days time.
Yes, it is very important to continue to see your dentist for regular check-ups throughout your orthodontic treatment.
Yes, it is very important you wear retainers. If you don’t wear retainers your teeth would try to return to their original position and become crooked again. You’ll be advised how often and for how long you need to wear retainers.