Got a question about orthodontics?
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Are there different types of braces?
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.
How can orthodontics help me?
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.
Am I eligible for treatment under the NHS?
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.
Am I too old for orthodontics?
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.
What type of orthodontic treatment could help me?
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.
How long does orthodontic treatment take?
This depends on the type of appliance you are fitted with and the condition of your teeth. However, most orthodontic treatment lasts between one and three years. At your initial consultation, we'll be able to give you an indication of how long your individual treatment will take.
How many appointments will I need?
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.
How much does orthodontic treatment cost?
The cost of orthodontic treatment is determined on a case by case basis as many factors come into play. Different orthodontic appliances cost different amounts so it does depend which type you are fitted with. We do have payment options available to help with the cost of treatment. Generally, treatment fees may be paid by lump sum (credit card, cheque or cash) or by standing order over the course of active treatment.
How long will my teeth stay straight for?
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.
Does orthodontic treatment hurt?
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.