BRACES (Short Term Orthodontics)

Do you want to straighten your teeth in as little time as 6 months? Call us now for a consultation.

Gappy, crowded and crooked teeth are not only unattractive, they also compromise your dental health because proper oral hygiene becomes difficult to accomplish. Thanks to modern dental technologies, achieving a straight and healthy smile is now simple, comfortable and comparatively quick.

Our most popular orthodontic treatments for adults are invisible braces and discreet, removable appliances such as Quick Straight Teeth and the Inman Aligner.

FAQs

Am I suitable for braces?

Patients who have a mild to moderate crowding or protrusion of their front teeth could well be suitable for short-term orthodontic treatment. CALL US NOW to book a free consultation.

Is it safe?

As with all tooth movements, treatment comes with a calculated risk. Our dentists take every precaution to make sure the treatment is as safe as can be. If we feel there is any risk to the health of your teeth during treatment, we will inform you of this prior to starting the treatment allowing you to make an informed decision.

Is it painful?

Some patients may experience temporary, minor discomfort for the first few days at the beginning of each new stage of the treatment. This is completely normal for all orthodontic treatment and is actually a sign that the clear braces are working towards straightening your teeth! As your teeth gradually move, any slight discomfort typically goes after a few days. On rare occasions, patients may resort to a mild painkiller, used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

How long will it take to straighten my teeth?

The total duration of treatment will depend on the complexity of the treatment. Our average treatment time is 3 – 6 months depending on complexity. You will be given an estimation of the total treatment time after a consultation with your dentist.

Will I need a retainer?

Yes you will. It is our belief that retention is for life! Teeth have a tendency to continually move throughout a lifetime, so the more we can do to prevent that, the better. The price that you are quoted for your braces will include you retainers. Any patient not taking up this option will assume responsibility for the teeth drifting back to their original position.

Will the treatment affect my speech?

Most patients report little or no effect on their speech during the treatment. However, similar to traditional orthodontic braces, some patients find an initial adjustment period associated with having something new in your mouth. Many patients quickly adjust to this change.

Are there any restrictions on what I can eat during my treatment?

You will need to avoid very hard or chewy foods such as nuts, chewing gum, foods with bones etc. If you choose to have the removable braces, they can simply be removed quickly and comfortably when it comes to eating, so that it does not restrict any foods that you can eat. Remember to brush and floss your teeth after each meal to maintain good hygiene!


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COVID-19 Guidance

 

PRACTICE UPDATE To all our lovely patients. Thank you so much for all your patience and understanding since we were told to close our practice. It has been a difficult time for all, and we hope you and your loved ones are safe and well. We have been available during our normal opening hours for emergency advice and triaging throughout. We were pleased to hear the recent Government announcement that dental practices can reopen from the 8th of June. We have been working very hard to get as close to this date as possible. As we look ahead SAFETY will be the most important element. We will be using the first week to train our staff and update our policies and protocols, as well as continuously sourcing the necessary personal protective equipment. We hope we can open on the 15th of June for emergency assessments for patients who are in Pain, and provide a limited range of treatments.

As the restrictions start to ease we plan to prioritise our patients that had appointments canceled or problems during the lockdown period. It will be a slow transition to routine care and full range of services. You will notice your patient journey will be somewhat different to what you have been used to. We will be using our website, social media and emails to communicate these changes. Please lookout for these updates! Please do not come to the practice without a pre booked appointment.

We very much look forward to seeing you all soon, and getting back to the ‘new norm’

Heybridge Dental Practice 🦷