FAQs


What is Orthodontics?

That branch of Dentistry concerned with facial growth, with development of the dentition and occlusion, and with the diagnosis, interception and treatment of occlusal anomalies.

What is a Specialist Orthodontist?

A Specialist Orthodontist is a dentist trained to provide orthodontic treatment. To train successfully as a Specialist Orthodontist usually takes 11 years. The career pathway starts with a degree in dentistry, followed by three years in hospital training posts to attain a higher dental qualification. A further three years of combined study and supervised clinical work in a university hospital leads to a specialist qualification and a listing on the General Dental Council’s specialist register.

What is a malocclusion?

The technical term for crooked, crowded, spaced or misaligned teeth which do not fit properly. Literally, the word means “bad bite.”

What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment?

The appearance of your teeth can have a dramatic effect on your smile and how good you feel about yourself. Orthodontic treatment can give you the life long benefit of confidence and improved appearance and confidence by making your teeth straight.

Will I need to have teeth removed?

Removal of teeth is not always needed. Some people do need extractions as part of their treatment to achieve the best cosmetic result. We will assess and discuss the options available with you at your consultation appointment.

How long does the average treatment take?

For both adults and children, utilizing the newest technologies, we now anticipate total treatment times averaging less than two years from start to finish. Obviously some more demanding cases can take longer and more basic cases can finish sooner, but we complete most of our cases in less than two years.

How much does the average treatment cost?

Standard youth case charges average between £600 and £2200. Adult cases average between £1500 and £4000. All fees are agreed with you and confirmed prior to start of treatment. We also advise that you continue your regular schedule with your family dentist. Fees for any general dentistry are not included.

Is orthodontic treatment painful?

The fitting of braces is painless. Most of our patients tell us that their teeth are sore for the first three days. We usually recommend you take your usually pain killers if there is any discomfort. In addition we recommend soft wax and silicone to place on any areas of your braces to minimize mouth irritations. Warm, salty water is also a good home remedy for oral discomfort.

What are your practice hours?

Orthodontic treatment is provided on Wednesdays between 1pm-5pm, Thursdays 8.30am-5pm, Friday 8.30am-1pm.
Saturdays 9am-1pm by appointment for private patients.

How often will appointments be?

Once the braces are fitted you will need to be seen every 6-8 weeks. In the beginning of treatment some patients need to be seen quite frequently, others have long (10-12 weeks) intervals between appointments. The closer to the end of treatment a patient gets the more frequent the visits tend to be.

What happens at a typical visit?

The clinician reviews the progress and the clinical records to see what is planned for the day's appointment. This is then explained to you and providing everyone is happy the necessary procedures are performed. All questions are answered and comfort is assured prior to the patient leaving. Upon completion of the session’s work, the next appointment is planned. Discussion with parents is welcomed during the visit.

How long is an average visit in the practice?

Brace adjustment visits are vary between 5-15 minutes in length. Appointments which require the application or removal of appliances will be longer. The initial bonding (i.e. the day braces are first placed) usually takes approximately 45 minutes. Removal of fitted braces takes just 15 minutes!

What happens when treatment is complete?

All of our patients enter a retention programme following completion of fixed orthodontic treatment. Retainers are delivered at the end of active treatment, final records are taken and reviewed and periodic follow up visits are scheduled to assure the beautiful result achieved with braces will last for a life time.

What happens if a patient is not ready for treatment?

If you/your child is not ready for treatment, then we place you/your child in our "Orthodontic Review Programme". This allows patients to be recalled periodically in order to reassessed in terms of orthodontic development. In an ideal situation, with no financial or political constraints, treatment is commenced at the most appropriate stage for optimum arch development. We want to be able to deliver the best care at the earliest opportunity and we have found that if we are able to see your child at around 7-8 years of age we will be able to give some indication as to when the treatment should commence.

What colours are available for braces?

We offer orthodontic modules in every colour of the rainbow!! Colours can be changed at every visit to fit in with your social events and festivals. We like our patients to enjoy their treatment with us and we do what we can to make it fun.

What happens if an appointment must be missed or cancelled?

We request our patients to call us as soon as possible on 01926 491960, if a change in schedule arises. If appointments are cancelled in adequate time, patients requesting sooner visits can often be accommodated. The sooner an appointment is rescheduled, the sooner a new appointment can be made which will keep treatment progress at the rate necessary for a speedy finish. One of the largest causes for extended treatment times is missing appointments. Delaying rescheduling of appointments delays progress. So if an appointment must be missed please call to cancel and reschedule as soon as possible.

What should be done in an emergency situation?

If an Orthodontic emergency arises (broken braces, something cutting or preventing closure of the mouth) call our practice number 01926 491960 Monday – Friday 8.30am - 5pm.

What do I do to get started?

Call us at 01926 491960 as soon as possible for a consultation appointment. When your appointment is made we will send a patient health information package which we request you fill out prior to your visit. You should write down your concerns on paper before you arrive, so you do not forget to ask any questions. Dr Babita Kainth will examine you (or your child) and determine the best course of treatment. If necessary, diagnostic records (digital photos, radiographs and impressions) will be taken as part of your evaluation.

 

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