tel: 028 9065 3031

416 Upper Newtownards Road
Belfast BT4 3EZ

Is it required that my dentist arrange my appointment with the orthodontist?

No, it is not. Many of our patients are referred by their dentist, yet many other patients take the initiative to arrange a consultation appointment themselves.

How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?

If you or your child can potentially benefit from orthodontic treatment, simply call our practice or send us an e-mail. We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you. When you call to schedule your appointment, our reception team member will request some basic information from you.

What will happen at the initial examination appointment?

Upon arriving, each patient will be asked to complete a new patient form including a medical history. The orthodontist will then complete a thorough clinical exam. Additional information, such as X-rays,study models and photographs, may be needed for proper diagnosis.

Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?

No, they will not. In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.

Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?

Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best orthodontic result. Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are the goal of orthodontics.

How long will it take to complete treatment?

Treatment time depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic problem. The “average” time frame a person is in braces is approximately 18-24 months.

How much will braces cost?

NHS treatment is available for most children under 18 years of age (before 19th birthday if in full time education). Under current government regulations, to qualify for NHS orthodontic treatment, you must be registered as a NHS patient with your dentist.
If appliances are lost or broken, the Health Board may charge for replacements. Our aim is to provide a high quality service on the NHS. However, there are some restrictions on the appliances and techniques that we are able to use. The majority of our NHS appointment times are during school hours.

Are there any advantages in private orthodontic treatment?

Private treatment has several advantages, as we can offer a variety of advanced, more cosmetic and efficient appliances. Your options may include metal braces, translucent braces or transparent aligners that can improve mild cases of misaligned teeth. Since we do not require to apply for approval of funding from the NHS, there is less delay in starting your treatment and a wider range of appointment times are also available. It is impossible to give an exact cost for treatment until we have examined you.

How often will I have appointments?

Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every 6 to 8 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.

Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?

Unfortunately, we cannot schedule appointments for students during after-school hours. However, because most appointments are scheduled 6 to 8 weeks apart, most patients will miss minimal school due to their orthodontic treatments. We will, however, make a sincere effort to meet your scheduling needs.

Do braces hurt?

Generally, braces do not “hurt.” Once you have your braces fitted and tightened, teeth may be sore for a few days. In these situations, pain relief medications such as paracetamol or Ibuprofen will ease the discomfort. However, after most visits, patients do not feel any soreness at all.

Will the brace damage my teeth or jaw?

The brace itself will not damage your teeth but if you do not remove the plaque with regular and thorough brushing, this plaque may cause tooth decay and bleeding gums. It is vital that fizzy drinks and sugary foods are avoided while in braces.
Remember! Maintaining good oral hygiene is very important before, during and after your orthodontic treatment.
The roots of your teeth are often shortened by up to 1mm during treatment. This is rarely
of significance.
There is no scientific evidence showing that orthodontic treatment can cure or cause problems with jaw clicking or headaches.

Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?

Yes. Once treatment begins, we will explain the complete instructions and provide a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. Some of those foods include: ice, hard sweets, raw vegetables and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and toffee).

Can I return to school the day I receive my braces?

Yes. There is no reason you cannot return to school the same day.

Can I still play sports while in braces?

Yes. We recommend a mouth guard while in fixed braces and we advise the removal of any removable braces during contact sports and swimming.

Do I need to see my dentist while in braces?

Yes! Regular checkups with your dentist are important while in braces. Your dentist will determine the intervals between these appointments while you are in braces. Remember that we work side by side with your dentist to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile. It is important to keep your regular appointments with your dentist.

How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?

Patients should brush their teeth at least twice a day. We will advise you when you get you braces fitted on what you need in order to keep your teeth and braces clean.

What is an emergency appointment? How are those handled?

If your braces are causing extreme pain or if something breaks, you should call our practice. In most cases, we can address these issues over the phone. If you require an emergency appointment, we will set aside time for you.

Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?

Yes. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention. However, if a patient is not yet ready for treatment, we will follow that patient’s growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.

Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?

It’s never too late to improve your smile. Health, happiness and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy.

Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?

Yes. A tooth with a crown will move just like a tooth with a simple filling. When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth.

Why should you choose an orthodontic specialist?

Teeth, and sometimes the entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments.

Will I be charged for missed appointments?

We request 24-hours notice if you need to cancel your appointment. We are aware that unforeseen events sometimes require missing an appointment. After missing your second appointment without notifying us 24 hours in advance, you are subject to being charged a fee dependent on the length of your appointment.

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