Woodland Orthodontics

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Frequently asked questions

What is orthodontics?
Orthodontic treatment usually involves the wearing of fixed or removable appliances (braces) to straighten the teeth, correct the bite and improve the facial profile. Information about orthodontics can be found at www.bos.org.uk – the website of the British Orthodontic Society.

Do I need orthodontic treatment?
Your smile is one of your most-important and best-remembered features. Most people do not realise how easy it can be to transform their smile – increasing self-confidence and improving the impression they make on others.

Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?
It is never too late to take the initiative and gain the positive benefits of a beautiful, healthy, natural smile.

It may be that you missed out on orthodontic treatment as a child – and are conscious of gaps, crowding or other irregularities of your teeth. The good news is that orthodontics can be carried out at any age.

Over 85% of adults who seek an orthodontic opinion decide to proceed with treatment. A new smile is for life, and can prove to be a worthwhile investment!

Will I have to wear ‘train-track’ metal braces?
Private patients have access to a wide range of treatment options, including aesthetic (tooth-coloured) brackets, Invisalign®s (clear, removable aligners) and lingual orthodontics (braces placed behind the teeth, so no-one else knows you are wearing them).

How long will treatment take?
Orthodontic treatment usually takes 18-24 months to complete active treatment, followed by an ingoing period of retention.

Why have I been referred to the orthodontist?
Your dentist has referred you for specialist advice about the position of your teeth. The orthodontist will advise whether you would benefit from orthodontic treatment.

Why might I need orthodontic treatment?
There are three main reasons for having orthodontic treatment:

  • To improve the appearance of the teeth
  • To improve function (e.g. make it easier to eat)
  • To improve the health of the teeth and gums

Do I have to be referred by my dentist?
Patients are usually referred by their general dental practitioner – but adults (over 18) may self-refer for a private assessment.

What happens at my first appointment?
The orthodontist will examine your mouth and teeth, and will usually take X-Rays, photographs and impressions (moulds of your teeth). This examination will enable the orthodontist to decide the most appropriate treatment for you.

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Get in touch

Via the contact page, email us or telephone 020 8866 5556 for further information or to make an appointment for an orthodontic assessment.