What is the aim of orthodontic (brace) treatment?
The aim of orthodontic treatment is to straighten teeth and correct the bite between the top and bottom teeth to give a great cosmetic and functional outcome.
Is orthodontic treatment suitable for everyone?
Orthodontic treatment can be undertaken at any age. There are some contraindications to orthodontic treatment; for more specific enquiries please arrange an initial consultation.
How long does orthodontic treatment take?
Depending on the type of treatment, the duration is between 9-24 months. It is worth discussing your expectations with Dr Laing, as treatment aims and length may be adjusted accordingly.
Does it hurt?
Orthodontic treatment moves the teeth gradually with light forces to avoid damaging the teeth; it follows that there can be mild discomfort over the first few weeks of braces and after adjustment appointments, but on the whole is minimal. This does vary with the type of brace chosen and is fully discussed at your initial consultation.
How frequent are appointments?
There are 2-3 initial appointments to plan treatment and fit the braces, then regular appointments are approximately every 4-9 weeks. Additional appointments may be required, such as if any breakages or lost appliances occur.
Do I have to pay upfront?
No, usually the consulation fee and a deposit for treatment are taken initially, then payments can be made over the course of treatment either paying in instalments or via a finance plan.
What are the risks of treatment?
The main risks of orthodontic treatment are outlined below. There are several minor risks that have not been included here but all risks and alternative treatments (including no treatment at all) are outlined before Dr Laing starts your treatment. To find out more specific information about your own treatment please contact Dr Laing for a consultation.
White/brown permanent marks on your teeth if you do not maintain a good standard of toothbrushing during treatment and you consume large amounts of surgary drinks/foodstuffs. These can be avoided by careful brushing, good diet, and visits to a hygienist during your treatment.
Sore and swollen gums. This is again related to not maintaining good oral hygiene during treatment.
Your teeth can relapse from being perfectly straight back towards their position at the start of brace treatment if you do not wear your retainers regularly after treatment. Minor tooth root changes occur with brace treatment and rarely are of concern. The roots of your teeth will be checked with x-rays before you start treatment.
What if I'm not happy with my treatment?
I undertake treatment to the very best of my ability to meet your individual needs. Should there be any issues that cannot be resolved in-house you are welcome to contact the Dental Complaints Service
Please note the following two websites are specifically useful for prospective patients:
British Orthodontic Society
offers information for anyone interested in orthodontic treatment.
General Dental Council
amongst many roles, the GDC lists the Registered Orthodontic Specialists. Dr Emma Laing adheres to the GDC rules governing the dental profession.