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Frequently asked questions

I want to become a new patient, what is the procedure?

  1. Book a complimentary, no obligation virtual consultation with one of our specialist orthodontists. Find out about the latest brace systems that could be used to straighten teeth and decide which treatment would suit you best. Ask as many questions as you like! And receive your quote.
  2. Decide on the treatment option that suits your lifestyle, approve your treatment plan and payment scheme. To get started, you will have full records taken including x-rays and moulds of your teeth.
  3. Your brace will be fitted and your orthodontist will show you how to clean and look after your brace to avoid breakages or tooth decay during treatment.
  4. Whilst your braces are in place you will be asked to visit Kingston Orthodontics every 6-8 weeks to have your brace tightened. These appointments should last between 15-30 minutes depending on the type of brace you have in place.
  5. When treatment is complete, your brace will be removed. You will be given fixed and or removable retainers to keep your teeth in place. It is important to wear retainers as they will prevent your teeth from relapsing back into their original position. Your orthodontist will advise you on the frequency of wear of your removable retainers and on how to clean and maintain your retainers.
  6. As part of your treatment, your orthodontist will see you for a further 12 months following the removal of your braces to check that the orthodontic alignment of your teeth and bite has been maintained and to maintain your retainers. Please note, you must be registered with a general dentist whilst undergoing orthodontics. You must ensure that you see your general dentist on a 6 monthly basis, or as required, whilst the braces are in place.

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialised branch of dentistry dealing with the development of teeth, jaws and face.

Do I need Orthodontic Treatment?

Orthodontic treatment is requested for the following reasons:

  • To straighten teeth, aiding better tooth cleaning, improvedgum health and resistance to dental disease
  • To correct the way your teeth bite
  • To prevent trauma and damage to prominent teeth
  • To improve the appearance of your teeth and face
  • To help your dentist restore your smile

If you do think you require Orthodontic treatment, book a FREE consultation and we can advise you on the best treatment.

Am I too old for braces?

There is no age limit for orthodontic treatment. All healthy teeth with healthy bone levels and gums can be treated.

Am I too young for braces?

Children can be seen for an initial assessment from any age. In some cases brace treatment begins at the age of eight. In the majority of cases children are older than 10.

What kind of braces are there and how do I choose which type of brace to have?

Fixed braces are the most common type of braces. They can be made from different materials such as silver-coloured metal or tooth-coloured ceramic (which is not so visible). Braces are usually fitted to the outside of the teeth but there are braces that can be fitted to the back of - or tongue side - of teeth and these are called lingual braces. Another type of brace is Aligners. These are clear, removable aligners that straighten teeth gradually. There are several different factors to be taken into consideration to determine which brace would be suitable for you. These will all be discussed with you at your initial consultation.

What if I only want my front teeth straightened?

Looking for that winning smile? Don’t want to wait forever? Here at Kingston Orthodontics we know your time is as precious as your teeth. When you are assessed we immediately focus on the teeth that stand out when you smile. This speeds up the treatment and means you’ll notice the difference within six months. And in some mild cases treatment can be completed in just three months. Rest assured your treatment plan will be as efficient and effective as possible. Our aim is to minimise the time you spend in braces and maximise the quality of your treatment. You can look forward to a brand new smile sooner than you think.

Is it painful?

It is normal to experience some discomfort and soreness initially. This can last up to 10 days and varies from patient to patient. A softer diet is recommended for the first 10 days after your braces have been fitted and placing orthodontic vegetable wax on the brackets will form a smooth barrier for your cheeks/lips.

Will I need to have teeth extracted?

In certain cases, extractions are required to align crowded teeth or to correct the bite. This depends on the problem that needs to be corrected and can only be determined on the basis of a detailed case assessment (which is done at your initial consultation).

How long do I have to wear the braces for?

Treatment time length varies from patient to patient depending on the type of brace and the severity of the case. This will be determined at your first consultation with us.

When can treatment start?

Treatment at Kingston Orthodontics can commence as soon as you are clinically ready and at a time convenient to you.

How should I prepare for my braces?

It is important to understand that there are small changes to be made when undergoing orthodontic treatment.

  • Appointments will be every 8 weeks for adjustments of your brace. It is important to make time for these appointments as they are an essential part of your treatment.
  • Some minor dietary changes will also have to be made. Foods that are hard, sticky, nutty and crunchy might break off the brackets and should be avoided.
  • Brushing and cleaning your teeth will also take longer than usual as the brace means more surfaces need to be cleaned.

Do I need a referral from my dentist to visit Kingston Orthodontics?

You do not need a referral from your dentist to visit us. You are more than welcome to contact us directly for a free consultation with one of our specialist orthodontists. We do ask you for the name and address of your dentist so we can keep them informed of the treatment you are having.

Do I still need to see my dentist when I have braces?

Yes. We strongly advise you to keep up to date with your routine 6 monthly check-ups with your dentist.

How much will my braces cost? - Prices

Fees vary according to the complexity and duration of treatment and with the type and number of appliances needed to provide the best possible result. All our prices are inclusive of all treatment, including fitting and removal of the braces, all follow up appointments and adjustment appointments plus fixed wire retainers and clear removable retainers.

Do I pay for my treatment in one go? Interest Free Finance Options

We offer our patients payment plans with monthly instalments depending on treatment length and brace type. This allows patients to pay a deposit followed by interest-free monthly installments over a maximum of 24 months.

What if I only want NHS treatment for my child?

Within the NHS, orthodontic treatment is only available for patients under theage of 18 who meet the NHS criteria set out by the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN). We do not have an NHS contract but the orthodontist will assess your child’s case and inform you if they qualify for NHS treatment. If your child does qualify for NHS treatment, we will refer you to Kingston Hospital if appropriate or advise you of a practice that has an NHS contract.

What happens at my initial consultation?

At your first appointment, your orthodontist will assess the size, shape and position of your teeth and jaws. An x-ray may be taken to help with your assessment. After the assessment, the orthodontist will be able to provide you with advice on orthodontic treatment and the most appropriate treatment plan for you.

Will my teeth stay straight?

At the end of your treatment, we will provide you with retainers. These help stabilise your teeth in their new position after orthodontic treatment has been completed. In most cases, we provide patients with both fixed and removable retainers.

What are the risks involved in orthodontic treatment?

  • Minor changes to the roots of the teeth may appear. This is usually not a problembut root lengths and bone levels are determined in advance following a panoramic x-ray.
  • It is important to visit your general dentist for routine check-ups during orthodontic treatment.
  • Staining and marks may appear on your teeth after orthodontic treatment. This can be prevented by maintaining an excellent level of oral hygiene. We recommend that patients see our oral hygienist at least twice during the course of their treatment.

I have lost my retainer

Please call us immediately so we can get to work on a replacement. Retainers are custom-made for you and your mouth and new impressions are required. And they are the very best way to protect your brand new smile. Take immediate action – the quicker you see your orthodontist the better!

I have a problem with my brace

Please read our advice page


Spread the cost of any treatment

We are here to help you achieve the perfect – and affordable – smile so please talk to us about our popular interest-free payment plans. Spread the cost and relax – secure in the knowledge that your treatment will take place on time and on budget.