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FAQs

If you have any questions about our orthodontic treatments, we are happy to talk through them with you. Get in touch with us.

You may find the answer to your question here. Why not have a look through our Frequently Asked Questions?

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialist area of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of improper bites, which may be a result of dental and facial irregularities.

What is a specialist/consultant orthodontist?

Specialist orthodontists have to undergo additional postgraduate training beyond dental school to learn the proper way to diagnose, prevent and treat improper bites. Only those who have taken this training may call themselves "Specialist orthodontists" and are more experienced and qualified than general dentists to provide orthodontic treatments.

Some of our orthodontists have undertaken a further two years of extra training after becoming specialist orthodontists to become consultant orthodontists and hold consultant posts in various hospitals. Consultant orthodontists undertake this extra training to manage difficult orthodontic cases and complex facial and dental irregularity problems.

What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment?

For most people, the most significant benefit of orthodontic treatment is a beautiful, confident smile. But having treatment can have considerable benefits for your health and well-being including:

  • Healthier gums as straighter teeth are easier to clean and eliminate food traps, which can lead to gum disease.
  • Improved chewing and speech as a result of a balanced bite following treatment to correct irregularities with the teeth and jaws.
  • Reduce tooth wear by correcting the way the teeth bite so that there are no abnormal stresses placed on the teeth as a result of mal-alignment of the teeth.
  • Boost your self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Enjoy and be proud your smile.
What sort of issues can be treated with orthodontic treatment?

As we are creating beautiful smiles, common issues that can easily be treated by orthodontic treatment include:

  • Crowded or spaced teeth
  • Missing or extra teeth
  • Retruded or protruded teeth or jaws
  • Deep overbite (an increased overlap between the upper and lower front teeth)
  • Openbites (front teeth do not touch each other)
  • Crossbites (upper teeth bite on the inside of the lower teeth instead of the outside)
  • Difficulty in chewing or swallowing
  • Excessive wear of teeth
  • Facilitate restorative and cosmetic dentistry and replacements of teeth
  • Significant jaw discrepancies

Our orthodontists can help you make a decision as to whether braces are right for you and which type of braces will give you the best result.

When should children be evaluated?

Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, ideally children should be evaluated around seven or eight years of age. Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment.

If you are concerned please ask your dentist to refer your child for an assessment.

Can I have braces as an adult?

Contrary to popular belief, braces are not limited to just the young growing individuals, everyone can benefit from and achieve a great smile through orthodontic treatment.

At Orthoclinique, we don’t just look at your teeth, we look at the underlying jaw and the soft tissues and assess your whole facial appearance. What you will look like for the rest of your life is important to us. Many people see a noticeable change not just in their teeth, but in their entire facial appearance.

When it comes to looking better, many adults today are opting for extensive—and invasive—procedures like plastic surgery and facelifts. Why not start with the single most dramatic change that can be achieved easily, comfortably and most cost-effectively i.e. a straighter, brighter and natural smile?

I don't want braces that show. What are my options?

Tooth-coloured ceramic braces are a good alternative to metal braces though the wire is still visible. For totally invisible braces, they may be bonded behind the teeth (lingual braces). Another very discreet option is to use a series of plastic tray aligners which Invisalign uses instead of traditional braces to correct some problems. Our orthodontists will be happy to discuss all the available options with you and you can find more information here.

Click here to find out more about Invisalign.
Click here to find out more about lingual braces.
Click here to find out more about cosmetic braces.

My teeth have been crooked for many years – why should I have orthodontic treatment now?

It's never too late! Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Orthodontic treatment can restore good function and improve the appearance of your teeth. A healthy, beautiful smile can improve self-esteem, no matter the age.

Can I afford orthodontic treatment?

We have lots of finance options to make the treatment affordable and our patients find this to be a convenient way to pay. It makes the decision to transform their smiles, easier to make.

The best way to find out is to get in touch – which you can do here.

How do braces work?

Braces have come a long way in the last few decades, but their basic function is still the same: to move your teeth into alignment with gentle, steady pressure.

Your braces are custom fitted to your mouth. The archwire or plastic aligner slowly and steadily puts pressure on the teeth to guide them into perfect alignment. You can't see the teeth move, but over time the results will show. Your surrounding tissues and the bone structure underneath will remodel to support the tooth in its new position.

How do braces feel, do they hurt?

Most people have some discomfort after their braces are first put on or when adjusted during treatment. The teeth may become sore and may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. Our orthodontist will advise patients what, if any, pain relievers to take. Overall, orthodontic discomfort is short-lived and easily managed with over the counter rain relief. Once patients have become accustomed to their braces, they may even forget they have them on.

How do I take care of my braces?

Patients with braces must be careful to avoid hard, sticky, chewy and crunchy foods, or hard objects, such as pens, pencils or fingernails. Also avoid any sugar and fizzy drinks.

Removable braces should be taken out when brushing and should be cleaned with a normal toothbrush and toothpaste and/or Retainer Brite.

With fixed braces, keeping the teeth and braces clean requires more precision and time, and must be twice a day if the teeth and gums are to be healthy during and after orthodontic treatment. You can buy a 'care pack' from our receptionist which contains all the necessary accessories to help clean your teeth and look after your brace.

Clean, healthy teeth move quicker and will limit any damage to the teeth and supporting tissues.

Can you play sports while wearing braces?

Yes, you will be advised to wear a protective mouth guard whilst playing any contact sports. Our orthodontists can recommend a specific mouth guard.

Will braces interfere with playing musical instruments?

Playing wind or brass instruments, such as the trumpet, will require some adaptation to braces. With practice and a period of adjustment, braces typically do not interfere with the playing of musical instruments.

How long will treatment take?

On average brace treatment takes about 18 months, but this depends on the problem and can be significantly reduced for simpler orthodontic problems. You can make a difference by looking after and wearing your braces properly. Broken braces and missed appointments will slow your treatment down.

How often will I need to visit the orthodontist?

Generally your braces will need adjusting approximately every eight weeks to ensure that treatment progresses well.

What do I do if I break my brace?

If you have any breakages or problems, please contact us for advice or to arrange an emergency appointment. For simple breakages without pain, another appointment will be arranged to repair the breakage. Emergency appointments are for patients in pain and will be booked to get patients out of pain. If time permits, the problem will be repaired. Otherwise another appointment will be arranged.

Will I have a retainer after my treatment?

Yes, all patients have a retainer after treatment. When your braces are removed, it is imperative that the teeth are retained in their positions to allow the supporting bone and soft tissue to settle around the teeth again. They will prevent the teeth from moving back to their start position.

If you do not wear your retainers as instructed, your teeth may move back towards how they were before treatment. Current evidence suggests that retainers should be worn for as long as you want your teeth to be straight for.

Teeth move throughout our life; the best way to guarantee keeping your teeth straight is to continue to wear your retainers long term.

If you lose or break a retainer, contact us straight away.

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(4.8 of 5) - 53 Reviews
June 26, 2019
5/ 5stars
The best decison i ever made was coming here. All the staff and the whole place are absolutely fantastic. I would recommend coming here all day long. My teeth have been transformed
June 26, 2019
5/ 5stars
Very good patient experience from happy reception to gentle and carimg orthodontist and nurses Top class and excellent outome too
June 20, 2019
5/ 5stars
Just excellent,! Highly reccommended.
June 18, 2019
5/ 5stars
June 14, 2019
5/ 5stars
I've had a great experience and been very happy with the level of care provided
June 13, 2019
5/ 5stars
I've had a great experience and been very happy with the level of care provided
June 13, 2019
5/ 5stars
June 12, 2019
5/ 5stars
Great service from all staff from start to finish of my daughter's brace procedure.
June 12, 2019
5/ 5stars
The whole experience has been brilliant. All of the doctors and assistants are very professional and supportive. I am now happy with my smile and feel more confident.
June 12, 2019
5/ 5stars
Excellent results lovely othodontsit
June 11, 2019
5/ 5stars
Orthoclinque was recommended to me, and I travel an hour to recieve my treatment. The service is exceptional, and I wouldnt go anywhere else.
June 11, 2019
5/ 5stars
Excellant, always helpful Easy to book appointments and very friendly , would recommend
June 11, 2019
4/ 5stars
My experience was fine i was treated nicely and was always able to change time for ky appoitments which was helpful
June 6, 2019
5/ 5stars
All staff a ver y nice and welcoming and Im very happy with the results. Perfect!!!
June 6, 2019
5/ 5stars
We have been thoroughly impressed with the treatment our son has recieved throughout his treatment for braces . The whole experience has been professional, friendly and very successful. Would highly recommend.
June 1, 2019
5/ 5stars
Friendly and very professional
May 30, 2019
5/ 5stars
I am really pleased with the results. I love my teeth now . The overall experience has been good from start to finish . Everyone is friendly and professional
May 29, 2019
5/ 5stars
I cannot praise Orthoclinique enough for the treatment i have had with them. The clinic itself is extremely clean, presentable and stylish and all of the staff are super friendly and helpful, making you feel at ease as soon as you walk through the door. Throughout my treatment nothing was too much trouble and i was fitted in at last minute if i needed anything (even when i ate an indian and managed to stain my braces!) I am so happy that i found orthoclinique and thankyou so much for giving me a confident smile :)
May 22, 2019
5/ 5stars
Great consultation. Raksana was very thorough and made me feel at ease.
May 22, 2019
5/ 5stars
Very informative consultation. I have had treatment before and was never informed as indepth as I have been with Orthoclinique. They are very knowledgable and supportive with no pressure to commit straight away.
May 9, 2019
5/ 5stars
Great results and really friendly, helpful staff! Would highly recommend.
May 3, 2019
5/ 5stars
Really pleased I went to discuss the options. Both the treatment coordinator and orthodontist were so thorough and spent loads of time with me and answered all questions. Would not go anywhere else
May 3, 2019
5/ 5stars
May 3, 2019
5/ 5stars
Great experience from start to finish. Staff are always helpful and cant do enough to help. My son nows has beautiful teeth, thank you so much.
May 3, 2019
5/ 5stars
GREAT service throughout from Raksana and the orthodontist. Would not go anywhere else
May 3, 2019
5/ 5stars
Staff always pleasant and the doctors were briliant. Even though my daughter was not too good with her teeth, they were very patient and helpful.
May 3, 2019
5/ 5stars
Amazing staff, great service
May 2, 2019
5/ 5stars
Very happy with the treatment my daughter recieved, friendly orthodontist made the experience good
May 2, 2019
5/ 5stars
May 2, 2019
5/ 5stars
It was great with lovely people
May 2, 2019
5/ 5stars
Helpfull freindly staff, no problems with them at all
May 2, 2019
5/ 5stars
Friendly, attentive and professional. To date i am pleased with the service and excited to see the final results.
May 2, 2019
5/ 5stars
May 1, 2019
5/ 5stars
Great from start to finish
April 30, 2019
5/ 5stars
Very good service so far, everything has been thoroughly explained and I have felt reassured and confident with all of the care provided . Thank you to Ross who has communicated with me at each step and respected when I needed some time with no contact due to personal reasons.
April 29, 2019
4/ 5stars
November 16, 2018
AF
5/ 5stars
There is a beautiful receptionist at the clinic, her name is Saheena. She Is so friendly and bloody hilarious, she makes you feel so welcome. Saheena has gone out of her way to help me out plenty of times. Highly recommend orthoclinique!Archie Finch x
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Thank you for your comments. The Team at Orthoclinique really appreciate you kind words.
Orthoclinique Management Practice Manager
November 16, 2018
BV
5/ 5stars
Friendly staff and nice environment - real professionals! Thank you Balazs from American Orthodontics
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Responded on May 22, 2019
Thank you for your amazing review. We try and do our best for all of our patients. I am very pleased to hear that we met your expectations.Rajan Bhatiani Managing Partner.
Orthoclinique Management Practice Manager
October 25, 2018
J
1/ 5stars
Disappointing retainer appointment Very disappointed. My daughter was told whilst in the surgery that her son's retainers would be £80. NO- ONE totaled it to £160. If they had she wouldn't have bothered. She can't afford that sort of money. As it is I've had to pay for them on cards and I'm a pensioner! I asked if I could take one but before I could even suggest we get the second one next month I was informed NO I had to take both! Both my daughter and grandson are ademant that they were asked, were they sure that they understood that it had to be paid for and it was £80 and at no time were they told it would be £160!
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October 16, 2018
SH
5/ 5stars
Amazing friendly place, everyone is so lovely. They have been brilliant with my nervous daughter. So happy with the results. I can’t recommend them enough.
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Responded on October 16, 2018
Thank you Sarah. We really appreciate your kind words. We try hard to give the best service possible.
Orthoclinique Management Practice Manager
August 30, 2018
JM
5/ 5stars
My sons treatment was amazing great friendly staff and Great results! Michaela is such a lovely lady and made the whole experience as smooth and calm as possible Thank You.
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August 8, 2018
CC
5/ 5stars
Thank you so much Jeet Parekh and your team! Tyler is thrilled with her new smile! A fantastic experience from start to finish! x
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April 16, 2018
KB
3/ 5stars
My daughters orthodontist I give a 5* as cannot rate any higher. Very patient, calm, friendly and always reassuring to her. The nurse I wouldn’t give a rating at all as she saw was very rude, abrupt, spoke to quickly and has zero patience for Autistic patients. My daughter was very well behaved and looked to me for reassurance to be told by the nurse “don’t look at your mum, I’m over here and I’m talking to you because I know what I’m doing” shortly after at X-ray she told her “I will have to check and will have to do it again because your lips moved”. She suffers with anxiety already. My issue isn’t so much what was said during X-ray it was how it was said. Harsh abrupt tone. I would have walked out with my daughter if it wasn’t important for her treatment. I only hope we never have to have a nurse appointment in the future.
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Responded on May 16, 2018
Dear Kim,I am very disappointed to hear about your experience at Orthoclinique. We hope to learn from any mistakes that we may make at Orthoclinique, so that we can improve the experience of all of our patients.Your comments will be discussed at our next practice meeting, so that your experiance will not be shared by other patients.Rajan Bhatiani Managing Partner
Orthoclinique Management Practice Manager
February 14, 2018
KM
5/ 5stars
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January 12, 2018
SB
5/ 5stars
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October 25, 2017
CC
5/ 5stars
Great service and lovely staff, Sally has been so patience with my son who tested every way you could break or ruin the progress of a brace!
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September 20, 2017
LB
5/ 5stars
There so good with my daughter couldn't ask for better they all very polite
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June 1, 2017
A
5/ 5stars
My son's treatment My 13 year old son has received excellent treatment from caring professionals. He was included in the conversations, everything was explained to him, he was asked questions, what he was expecting and what his opinion was. Very friendly and helpful receptionists.
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April 16, 2017
KK
5/ 5stars
Excellent service and staff, very friendly and accommodating
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Responded on May 22, 2019
Thank you for your great review, on behalf of all the team at Orthoclinique.
Orthoclinique Management Practice Manager
March 27, 2017
SO
5/ 5stars
Friendly staff and nice environment. I have been there recently. I am an orthodontics sales representative from Smile Ortho Ltd. Thank you for your time. Please visit our website or find us on Google. Meet at the dentistry show in Birmingham, J78 stand.
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March 21, 2017
CS
5/ 5stars
It's amazing I'm getting braces there and they are helping me through the panic and worry ❤️
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September 30, 2016
SJ
5/ 5stars
The staff are always very helpful and friendslt even when it's very busy. Mike is lovely to my daughter to very paitient and calm
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June 23, 2016
MH
5/ 5stars
Both of my now adult children have had outstanding treatment at Orthoclinique. My son is 18 and has been a patient since April 2011. Every time we have visited Orthoclinique it has been a first class experience. All of the staff work well together as a team, the receptionists are always so friendly, polite and accommodating to our busy family/work life when it comes down to appointments. The orthodontists are always brilliant at explaining the treatment and why it is being ...done. My children were both mainly treated by Dr Khan (one as an NHS patient, one privately) and they really appreciate the hard work and effort he has made to make their smile perfect. The whole building is spotless, the TV and mood lighting is relaxing whilst waiting go in - although we have never been kept waiting for many minutes later than our appointment time. My son and daughter have now got the most perfect smiles, all thanks to their treatment at Orthoclinique. We would recommend Orthoclinique to anyone needing or wanting orthodontic treatment. See More
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