How long will the treatment take?
How long the treatment takes will depend on the problems you have, the treatment we recommend and the treatment option you choose. As a guideline, it can take one to two years to straighten and align teeth properly to get lasting results. Sometimes it might take a little longer, but your orthodontist will be able to discuss this with you at your first consultation.
You’ll need to have your brace adjusted every 6 to 10 weeks as your teeth start to align. To help your adjustment appointments fit into your lifestyle, Park Lane Orthodontics offers early evening and Saturday appointments, and you can book your preferred appointment times in advance.
Will having braces hurt?
Because of our team’s experience in orthodontics, you’ll experience no pain when your brace is fitted. Most people are surprised about how comfortable a brace can be.
After your brace has been fitted, it’s normal to feel slightly uncomfortable for a few days as your teeth and mouth get used to the brace. You might also feel a twinge or two after an adjustment appointment. But these feelings are usually mild and there are lots of ways to ease the discomfort.
When can I start orthodontic treatment?
As long as your teeth and gums are healthy, you can start orthodontic treatment at any time in your life. If you have problems with your teeth or gums, we’ll work with your dentist to improve your oral health first so you can still have orthodontic treatment.
For children, we sometimes recommend early intervention treatment, which starts when they’re between 9 and 12. Starting treatment early on means your child is less likely to need adult teeth extracted later on, which can be uncomfortable. Early intervention treatment is especially suitable for teeth crowding or ‘bite’ problems. Other children’s orthodontic treatments can start when all of their adult teeth are in place.
You can find out more about children’s orthodontic treatments here.
Aren’t braces just for children?
Absolutely not! At Park Lane Orthodontics we treat adults of all ages – our oldest patient was 76 when they started treatment.
Lots of people don’t have the opportunity to straighten or align their teeth when they’re a child, but it’s never too late. Our adult orthodontic treatments are suitable for everyone, so you can have the perfect smile no matter your age.
Sometimes, people notice their teeth moving out of alignment during adulthood. For example, in your twenties your jaws finish growing and some people see their teeth become less straight. Other people find that some small crookedness becomes more pronounced as they get older. All of these issues can be identified and solved in adulthood by a qualified orthodontist.
Will everyone notice my braces?
Previously, it was very obvious when people wore braces because of its material, size and bulkiness. However, with modern orthodontic developments, at Park Lane Orthodontics we’re able to offer a range of discreet and ‘barely there’ braces which won’t be noticed by anyone.
These inconspicuous braces and aligners include: lingual braces, which are fitted behind the teeth so no-one can see them; cosmetic fixed braces which blend with the colour of your teeth; and the clear Invisalign brace.
Am I too old for braces to work?
Definitely not, but your treatment might take a little bit longer.
When you’re a teenager, your bones are constantly renewing and remaking themselves, meaning it’s an ideal time for orthodontic treatment as the teeth and jaw are more pliable.
As we get older, this bone renewal slows down, meaning that orthodontic treatment can take longer. However, you can always grow strong, new bones, so straightening and alignment is possible at any age – take a look at our customer testimonials to find out more.
Do braces always work?
If they are fitted properly, modern braces always work because they’ve been designed to move your teeth into the right position. At Park Lane Orthodontics, our orthodontists and wider clinical team have years of experience in fitting and adjusting braces, so you can be guaranteed a good result.
On some rare occasions we’ve found a tooth that won’t move through using a brace because it’s fused to the bone. This often happens after an injury. During your consultation, one of our specialist orthodontists will check for any problems like this and advise you on the result you can expect from your treatment.
Will I need to have teeth taken out first?
We always avoid asking your dentist to remove healthy teeth wherever possible because it can be an uncomfortable and unnecessary procedure. However, if your teeth are very crowded then you may have to have some teeth removed so they can be straightened effectively.
For children, early intervention treatment from 9 to 12 gives them the best opportunity of keeping all their adult teeth. For adults, we tailor your treatment plan to help you get the result you want, and will advise you on whether it’s likely you’ll need to have teeth removed to get that perfect smile.
Won’t my teeth move back to their old positions afterwards?
Because of the way your body works, if we didn’t use any treatment to hold your teeth in their new alignment, they would naturally but gradually start to drift back to their original position. We use a series of retainers after your main treatment to help prevent this – it’s a vital part of ongoing treatment and helps your ideal smile stay in place.
Included in the fees for all of our private patients are removable retainers to wear at night and fixed retainers which are fitted behind your front teeth. Using both of these helps your teeth stay in their new position for long-term, brilliant results.
Will wearing braces affect my speech?
Wearing braces can briefly affect your speech as your mouth, tongue and teeth get used to the new brace.
If your child wears a removable brace, their speech is likely to be altered for a few days after the brace is fitted. For adult patients who are fitted with a brace inside of their teeth, you might experience speech changes for a very short amount of time. We’ve found our patients adapt to this in a week or two and your speech goes back to normal.
If you wear clear aligners or braces fitted to the front of your teeth, there’s usually no changes to your speech at all. Our 2D lingual brace is also very flat, meaning you – and your speech – will adapt to it almost immediately.
Apart from orthodontics, what other options do I have to straighten my teeth?
One way to have a better looking smile, other than orthodontics, is masking misaligned teeth and building up the faces of the teeth to look straight. This is done with cosmetic dental procedures like porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns or composite fillings/composite veneers. It’s quicker than orthodontic treatment as it only requires the time it takes to prepare the teeth, which are drilled slightly, make the veneers, crowns or composite, and fit them.
However this leaves the teeth with thick crowns or veneers, sometimes more than twice the thickness of the original tooth. The teeth will have wide contacts between them making it more difficult to keep clean and potentially leading to gum problems. These solutions will also need to be replaced: there is a likely lifespan of five to 10 years, with the associated costs incurred each time.
If you straighten the teeth with braces and then wear a retainer long term your teeth will remain in a straighter position. The only future costs would be replacement retainers every few years. Most importantly, you’ll have natural healthy teeth which are easy to take care of.
Can all dentists fit braces?
Some dentists have started to offer a limited range of orthodontic treatments and will have attended a short training course to certify them to carry these out. But these braces aren’t always suitable for all orthodontic problems or more complex issues.
Our team at Park Lane Orthodontics only practice tooth straightening and aligning, not general dentistry, making them experts in their field. All our team are trained and experienced in all types of orthodontic treatments, including more advanced solutions.
Because we understand orthodontics inside and out, we can offer a range of orthodontic treatment options to suit you. We’ll take the time to advise you about each type of suitable treatment, helping you to make an informed choice.