Frequently Asked Questions

Orthodontics is a complex and ever-changing field but we’ve gathered together some of your biggest questions to help you to start the journey towards your goals.

Mother questions for young child:

At what age should my child visit an orthodontist?

It is recommended that children have their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of seven. Early detection of orthodontic issues allows for timely intervention if any is necessary

What are some common orthodontic problems in young children?

Common orthodontic problems in young children include overcrowded teeth, displacement of teeth caused by thumb sucking, open bite, crossbite and protruding front teeth. These issues can be addressed through orthodontic treatment.

What types of orthodontic treatments are available for young children?

For young children, orthodontic treatments may include traditional braces, clear aligners, space maintainers and expanders. The treatment depends on the specific dental condition and our orthodontists will recommend the most suitable option for your child’s needs.

How long does orthodontic treatment for young children usually take?

The duration of orthodontic treatment for young children varies depending on the severity of the case with most treatment courses lasting from several months to a few years. Our orthodontists will provide a personalised treatment plan and give you an estimated timeline.

Are there any risks or discomfort associated with orthodontic treatment for young children?

Orthodontic treatment for young children is generally safe and well tolerated. Some mild discomfort or soreness may occur after adjustments, but this typically subsides within a few days. The orthodontist will closely monitor your child’s progress throughout the treatment to ensure their comfort and safety.

Teenager questions

Will orthodontic treatment interrupt my child’s education?
Our clinic is located in between several schools including Bancrofts, Braeside, Trinity, Chigwell and Woodford County. With quick access and appointment times scaling from 8:30am to 4:30pm, be assured that appointments will cause minimal interruption to your child’s education.
Will braces interfere with my daily activities, such as playing sports or playing a musical instrument?

While braces may require some adjustments in certain activities, they shouldn’t significantly hinder your participation. We offer options such as mouthguards for sports.

Are there less noticeable or visible alternatives to traditional metal braces?

Yes! There are several discreet orthodontic options available, such as ceramic braces or lingual braces. We can discuss these alternatives and determine the best option for your specific needs.

Will orthodontic treatment be painful?

It’s common to experience some discomfort or soreness after getting braces or having adjustments made. However, the pain is typically mild and temporary and we can provide suggestions and remedies to alleviate any discomfort.

How often will I need to visit the orthodontist during my treatment?

Regular visits are essential for monitoring your progress and adjusting your braces. Typically, patients with braces visit the orthodontist every four to eight weeks, while those using clear aligners may have check ups less frequently. Our clinic is open from 8:30-5.00pm, which should allow patients studying in school to come and see us.

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Adults over 50:

Can I still get orthodontic treatment if I'm over 50 years old?

Absolutely! Age is not a barrier to orthodontic treatment. Many adults, including those over 50, seek orthodontic care to improve their oral health and enhance their smile. Our orthodontic treatments are tailored to meet the unique needs of individuals of all ages.

What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment for adults?

Orthodontic treatment for adults aged over 50 offers several benefits. It can help to correct misaligned teeth, improve your bite, enhance oral hygiene and alleviate issues such as jaw pain or discomfort. Additionally, a straighter smile can boost your self confidence and overall oral health.

Will I need to wear traditional metal braces?

While traditional metal braces are a common orthodontic option, many adults prefer more discreet alternatives. At our practice, we offer a range of orthodontic treatments suitable for adults, including clear aligners, ceramic braces and lingual braces. We can discuss the best option for your specific needs and lifestyle during your consultation.

Is it normal for adults to experience some discomfort during orthodontic treatment?

It is common to experience some mild discomfort or soreness during orthodontic treatment, regardless of age. This discomfort is typically temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers if necessary. Our orthodontic team will guide you on proper care techniques and provide tips to minimise any discomfort throughout your treatment.

Contact Us

If you have a question or would like to book a consultation, please contact us in the best way that suits you.

Our Practices
102-104 Queens Road
Buckhurst Hill
IG9 5BS

26 Clarence Avenue
Gants Hill
Ilford, IG2 6JH

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