Frequently Asked Questions about Orthodontic Treatment

This Orthodontics FAQ should shed light on any questions you have about orthodontic braces.

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Orthodontics is all about moving the teeth within the jaws to a more harmonious position – making the best of your teeth. This means your teeth will bite more evenly together, making is easier to talk and eat as well as improving your smile immensely.
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An orthodontist is a fully qualified dentist whom has completed extra training to specialise in orthodontics. Dr. Chris Tulacz has been on orthodontics courses and is qualified to place the Quick Straight Teeth system of invisible braces – the most affordable tooth alignment braces in the UK.
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Dr. Chris Tulacz will perform a thorough examination to assess your mouth for orthodontic treatment. If necessary, X-rays, photographs and impressions (moulds) of your mouth may be taken to aid in diagnosis. He will then discuss all the treatment options with you and agree with you how to proceed.
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The Quick Straight Teeth system of invisible braces costs £999 per arch here at Willows. Also, children under 18 years old are eligible to have orthodontic treatment for free on the NHS.
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Routine orthodontic treatment is not available for adults on the NHS. However, if the nature of your problem is severe enough (such as requiring jaw surgery for example), NHS treatment for adults can be provided via a referral through the hospital service.
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Braces fall into 3 categories – fixed, lingual and removable aligners. Traditional fixed braces are fitted to the outside of the teeth and are made from a variety of materials, including silver coloured metal such as steel and tooth coloured or transparent composite materials. The more recently developed lingual braces are fitted to the inside (tongue side) of the teeth. Removable aligners are mouthguard-like braces that straighten teeth gradually. Many factors need to be taken into consideration when choosing the right type of brace for each individual patient.

Here at Willows we offer the Quick Straight Teeth system of braces in both the fixed and removable styles. They are made from a transparent material making them almost invisible to other people.

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If you don’t want other people to see that you are wearing braces, there are alternatives that are much less noticeable. Fixed braces made from a clear or tooth coloured material may be used. Other possibilities are lingual braces which are fitted to the backs of teeth and removable clear braces. At Willows we offer fixed and removable braces made from clear materials.
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If you don’t want to wear braces because of the way they feel in your mouth for example, crowns and veneers provide a quick fix solution. However, these methods have drawbacks and don’t offer the long term benefits of braces. The preparation (shaving down) of teeth for crowns and veneers ultimately is a destructive and irreversible process. Also crowns and veneers do not last forever and may need to be replaced and there is a limit to how much tooth irregularity can be dealt with. Another possible problem is that crowns and veneers may encroach on gums causing adverse effects. At the end of the day, braces provide long lasting benefits to the alignment of your teeth without these drawbacks.
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[acc_item title=”How Long does Orthodontic Treatment Take? “]
This depends mostly on the complexity of the problem. Simple tooth straightening can take as little as 6 months, especially if it only involves the front 6 teeth. This short time frame is not appropriate for more complex problems as it can take longer to move whole teeth including the roots into the right position, and so teeth can move back after taking the brace off. Here 1-2 years may be necessary to provide a better result long term – where teeth bite together in a better way, in harmony with the jaws and lips.
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There may be a small amount of discomfort to begin with. As the teeth begin to move there may be aching or tenderness. However this discomfort is extremely minor and should go away after a few days. It can also be controlled with normal painkillers such as paracetamol.

Fitting fixed braces is generally not painful as it only involves gluing the brackets to the faces of the teeth. No anaesthetic is required. Some further discomfort may be felt when the brace is adjusted, but this varies depending on what adjustments have been made and will also go away after a few days.

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Every 4-10 weeks. You shouldn’t start treatment if you can’t keep these appointments.
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Generally not since you will need regular appointments every 4-10 weeks to maintain the appliance. Changing orthodontists should be avoided since different orthodontists work in different ways. Research shows that orthodontic treatment takes an average of 6 months longer in transfer cases.
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A number of things can go wrong because the mouth is a complex biological system involving teeth, gums, jaws and facial muscles. The most common problem is where teeth can drift back to their original positions (called relapse), especially where there were spaces between teeth or the teeth were very twisted to begin with. It is often important to have a retainer fitted afterward to prevent this.
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Probably yes, especially in more complex cases. The tissues and bone around the roots of the teeth will take some time to adjust to the new tooth positions. Here it is important to fit a retainer to prevent the teeth moving back to whence they came from – especially in the early months after removing your braces.
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