Frequently asked questions
Deciding if orthodontics is right for you can be a difficult decision, so we’ve compiled a list of answers to some frequently asked questions that will help make it easy for you.
Common questions about orthodontics
Yes. Developments in orthodontic technology have meant there are a number of different braces available. Not all will be suitable for your treatment needs but we'll be able to discuss which ones you could benefit from at your initial consultation. For now, more information on the different types of braces available can be found in our treatments section.
The main purpose of orthodontics is to straighten teeth but this brings about many benefits. Straighter teeth are much easier to clean than bunched, crooked teeth. Orthodontics can also help to improve the way teeth fit together. This in turn can enhance your facial profile and give you greater self confidence and self-esteem.
If you are under the age of 18 and have problems with your teeth that could affect, or are affecting, your health you may be eligible for orthodontic treatment under the NHS. For more information, see our page about NHS treatment.
Orthodontic treatment for adults is becoming increasingly commonplace. Many older patients have missed out on treatment in their teens and have seen the benefits orthodontics has had on their own children. We have many adult patients whose problems can be treated successfully with a variety of treatment options.
The type of orthodontic treatment you could most benefit from depends on the condition of your teeth. At St Albans Orthodontics we have a range of treatment options available. We explain how each of these work in our treatments section.
The length of treatment depends on many factors such as the severity of your problem and the treatment option selected. To get the best idea of how long your treatment will take, speak with your Orthodontist during your consultation.
We like to see you regularly throughout your treatment to ensure your orthodontic appliance is doing its job properly and your teeth are moving into their correct position. As a rule, we tend to see our patients once every six to ten weeks during their treatment.
Through the use of modern technology, we are, in some cases, able to perform remote appointments. Dental Monitoring is an app that can be used on your mobile device in place of a clinical visit for Invisalign® treatments.
The actual cost of treatment depends on many varying factors like the severity of your orthodontic problem and the treatment option selected. Our Treatment Coordinator will give you a clear outline of the costs involved for your treatment during your first consultation so you can consider the costs before committing to treatment. We also offer all our patients custom payment plans to help make treatment more affordable for their budgets.
After your teeth have been moved into their correct position and your orthodontic appliance has been removed, we'll issue you with a retainer. This is a mouthguard like appliance which is designed to keep your teeth straight. These days it is advisable to wear your retainer on an ongoing basis as crowding of teeth is part of the ageing process.
No, orthodontic treatment won't hurt, although it can be uncomfortable for a few days, particularly after your braces have been tightened. Over-the-counter pain relief should be all you need though. However, if the discomfort does not subside do not hesitate to contact us.