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Orthodontic FAQs

Q.What is orthodontics?


  • Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry concerned with the growth of the teeth, jaws and face.
  • Orthodontists monitor this growth and intervene with braces to improve both the aesthetics and function of the teeth and jaws.
  • The result is a beautiful healthy smile.

Q.Why am I here?


Your dentist has asked us to see you for some specialist orthodontic advice about your jaws and teeth.

Q.Some reasons for the referral to an orthodontist.


  • My front teeth stick out.
  • My teeth are crowded or "wonky".
  • I have some missing teeth or teeth that won't come through my gum.
  • My teeth don't fit together properly.
  • My top teeth don't line up with my bottom teeth.

Q.What will happen at my first visit?


  • We will introduce ourselves and explain your visit today.
  • An orthodontist will examine your jaws and teeth, usually with two small mirrors and a ruler.
  • We may need to take photographs, x-rays and moulds (impressions) of your teeth.
  • You will have an IOTN score done (index of orthodontic treatment need). This will help to determine if you need treatment and if you are eligible for NHS treatment.
  • We will explain the problems with your teeth and how we can help. This may involve braces and/or extractions.

Q.What will happen next?


  • You may not be ready for treatment so we will arrange to see you again when you have grown some more teeth.
  • Your dental health may not be good enough for braces. This is usually due to poor tooth brushing or untreated tooth decay.
  • You may not need treatment or have a low IOTN score where you are not eligible for NHS treatment.
  • You are ready for treatment and eligible. Do you want braces?

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