1. Initial consultation
If you have expressed an interest in, or your dentist has identified a need for having your teeth straightened, the first step is to book an initial, no-obligation consultation with your treatment coordinator.
We will discuss the results you would like to achieve, and the different treatment options available to you. We will also talk you through your payment options, timescales for treatment, tooth care and answer any questions you might have.
You may find it helpful at this stage to visualise the outcome of treatment by having a 3D scan of your teeth.
The decision to proceed with any treatment is entirely yours to make. If you do decide to go ahead, or if you’d like to find out more, you will be introduced to the team who will be looking after you, including your orthodontist and therapist.
2. Treatment plan
Once you have decided to go ahead with treatment, you will be given a written treatment plan which is agreed by you and your orthodontist.
Your treatment coordinator will look after your payment plan, and arrangements made to fit your braces or aligners. If it is necessary to have teeth extracted as part of your treatment, this will be arranged at this time with your own dentist.
3. Treatment application
Your orthodontist will talk you through the process of fitting your appliance, and once it is fitted, give you all the information you need to care for it. Before leaving you will book your first checkup appointment with us, which will typically be around 6 weeks later.
Your treatment coordinator will be available to answer any questions you may have between appointments.
4. Regular adjustments
You will come into the practice for regular appointments throughout your treatment where your braces will be checked and adjusted, and you will be given a progress report.
As you approach the end of your treatment, we will prepare and discuss retention. On average, a full treatment with fixed braces takes around 18 months, followed by a retention period. Less comprehensive treatments may take less time, but as every treatment is different, your orthodontist will tell you what to expect.
5. After treatment
When treatment is complete and you have had your braces or active appliances removed, you will need to wear retainers overnight to keep your teeth straight. These are typically worn every night for the first year. After 12 months, the amount you need to wear them can be reduced. Your orthodontist will discuss this with you fully at your appointments.