What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a speciality within the field of dentistry, which focuses on preventing and correcting irregularities of the jaw and teeth. 

What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
An orthodontist is a qualified dentist who has gone on to study further in the field of orthodontics. The additional years of specialised education enables an orthodontist to fully understand the facial and dental structures, which is of paramount importance when planning the correction of any discrepancies. 

What is the difference between braces and aligners?
Braces (fixed appliances) are made up of brackets, which are temporarily attached to the surface of your teeth, and an archwire that connects these brackets together. Using light gentle forces, the archwire moves through these brackets, guiding your teeth into a new position. Aligners look like very thin mouthguards, which sit over your teeth, covering them fully. These also use gentle forces to move your teeth. Both are effective methods of orthodontic treatment and can be tailored to your needs. 

What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a type of an aligner system, which can move your teeth into the desired position. It is a popular treatment option among many patients because the aligners are removable and made from a clear plastic material which makes them virtually invisible. 

Does orthodontic treatment hurt?
Orthodontic treatment can cause mild discomfort during the first few days of treatment. As you begin to adjust to the new appliance, this will disappear quickly, and can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medication.

How much does orthodontic treatment cost?
The cost of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the type and length of treatment you are having. Following a detailed examination, you will be provided with a treatment quotation and a payment plan can be arranged to suit your needs. Interest-free payment methods are available at all practice locations. 

How do I start orthodontic treatment?
The first step in your orthodontic treatment process will be an initial consultation, where we will be able to discuss your concerns, carry out a detailed assessment and suggest the most appropriate appliance to meet your requirements. 

How long will treatment take? 
Orthodontic treatment can vary from 6 months to 2 years depending on the complexity of the case and what needs to be corrected. Regular visits for adjustments are usually 4- 8 weeks apart. Following the completion of your treatment, you will be fitted with fixed and/or clear removable retainers to help prevent your teeth from moving back towards their original position. 

Is there anything that I will need to do during my orthodontic treatment? 
Follow the advice you are given by your Orthodontist such as brushing your teeth 2-3 times a day using fluoride-containing toothpaste. You should also use an alcohol-free fluoride containing mouthwash and avoid snacking on sugary and acidic food or drinks. It is also important that you continue to see your regular dentist throughout your orthodontic treatment.

Are there any benefits of having orthodontic treatment privately for children? 
Private orthodontic treatment can be started straight away and appointments can be tailored around school or work commitments. You can also choose the type of appliance you would like depending on your treatment needs.

Why should I consider seeing Dr Avani Patel? 
At all practice locations, you will be seen by Dr Avani Patel, throughout your treatment - right from the initial consultation to the final retainer review. Avani is a very experienced and a highly qualified Orthodontist. Importantly (for everyone she treats) she possesses a gentle and humanistic approach with her patient’s well-being at the centre of all she does. Avani will work closely with your dentist in achieving the best possible overall outcome for you.

What do I do next? 
If you feel that this information is relevant to you, please contact one of the practices to arrange a consultation.