At Central Orthodontics, our professional team care about your needs. We want to make sure you have all the information possible ahead of your appointment. So we've put together a handy list of our frequently asked questions, to ease your mind before you visit us.

Why choose a specialist?

You will see a fully qualified specialist orthodontist, or dentist with special interests in orthodontics, and receive treatment using the most up to date techniques. 

All the orthodontists at Central Orthodontics have undergone several additional years of training after qualifying as a dentist. This means you will have access to the best treatment available. Most orthodontic treatment in the UK is provided by specialists.


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When is the best time to have a brace?

The simple answer is when you are ready although we often have to wait until most of the adult teeth have erupted before we start. Occasionally some problems can be helped before and your dentist will help you recognise these.

Most treatment is started in children when they are between 11 and 15 years of age.

In adults treatment can be provided at any age.

What are the benefits of orthodontics treatment?

Most patients want a good smile and this is because an attractive smile enhances self-esteem. Psycho-social research has shown that your appearance affects the way you are treated by others.

An incorrect bite is not always harmful but it can damage the teeth and gums.

Straight teeth are easier to look after but it is important to keep squint teeth clean too. We cannot put a brace on your teeth unless your teeth and gums are healthy.

What will happen at my first appointment?

You will be seen by an orthodontist and they will discuss what you would like to change about your teeth. You may have impressions (sometimes called moulds) taken of your teeth and you may also have an X-ray and photographs taken.

If you are an NHS patient and qualify for free dental treatment, under one of the exemption categories, there will not be a charge for this appointment.  These are the same regulations that apply at the Dental Practice you attend normally.


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Will I need teeth extracted?

This is impossible to answer until you have been examined. The orthodontist will discuss the treatment options with you at your first appointment. Teeth are only extracted to provide space to either allow other teeth to grow in and be straightened or to move teeth so that they can bite more evenly. The space from extracted teeth is normally closed as treatment is completed.

What happens if I do not get approval for treatment?

You may be happy that your teeth are not all that bad and accept this decision or you may wish to come in and discuss the issues with your orthodontist. You may then choose to appeal against the decision or have treatment under a private contract.

Do I need to be registered with a dentist before having orthodontic treatment?

Yes. It is important that your teeth and gums are healthy before starting orthodontic treatment. Sometimes we require your dentist to provide treatment before during and after orthodontics.

Will I have a brace fitted at my first appointment?

No. We need to plan your treatment properly and if your are an NHS patient seek approval for your treatment. We will then inform you when we can start.

Will I need retainers? 

Yes. Everybody needs retainers once treatment is finished. They may be removable, so that you can leave them out for periods during the day and clean your teeth or fixed onto the back of your teeth.

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We provide answers to any questions you may have during your treatment with us.

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