What are braces?
Under the NHS, the braces that you will be fitted with are conventional metal braces. Traditional braces consist of small brackets which are placed on your teeth with an arch wire running through them. The teeth move when the arch wire puts pressure on the brackets and teeth.
As well as metal braces, at Sparkle Dental Boutique, we also offer a range of other braces including
When would I need braces?
We will first assess whether you need braces at the age of 7, when your baby teeth start to fall out and your adult teeth start to push through.
With early assessment, we can 'intercept' or treat your dental concerns before your teeth have fully developed, leading to better dental facial aesthetics, better bite and function.
Braces are used to correct many problems:
- Overly crowded teeth
- Crooked teeth maybe caused by thumb sucking
- Bad bite
- Overbite - when your top jaw bone is bigger than the lower jaw
- Underbite - when your lower jaw is bigger than your upper jaw
Can I have NHS braces?
Children under the age of 18 years of age must be assessed for NHS orthodontic treatment.
The Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN) is used to decide which cases are severe enough to merit treatment funded by the NHS.
At Sparkle, our Specialist Orthodontist will check whether you are able to have braces under the NHS. If you are suitable for NHS braces, we will refer you to an NHS orthodontist, where you will have metal braces fitted. You may however have to wait a number of months or years before your treatment can be started.
If you do not qualify for NHS orthodontic treatment or if you do not want NHS metal braces then we can see you at Sparkle for your orthodontic treatment.
What is the procedure?
Our Specialist Orthodontist will start by taking some x-rays and photographs of your teeth, so be sure to have your best smile! We will then take some models of your teeth ready for your braces to be fitted.
At your next visit, we will fit your braces. You can choose braces which are:
We will see you every 4 - 6 weeks and adjust the braces to help your teeth move safely and comfortably.
Once your braces are fitted, you cannot eat certain foods as you may knock a bracket off your tooth which will mean an extra visit to the orthodontist.
In order to look after your teeth and braces, it is best to avoid:
- Eating toffees, boiled sweets, chewing gum, chocolates
- Fizzy drinks and fruit juices
- Eating hard foods, which may damage the braces such as crunchy apple and crusty bread
What are the benefits of private treatment?
- You are not limited to "tin grin" metal braces
- You can feel more confident and less awkward about wearing braces, as some of our braces are nearly invisible
- You can have your braces fitted sooner and avoid NHS waiting lists
- Many of our braces are much faster, so you will need fewer appointments and your treatment will finish sooner
- Your braces will not impact on your social life or self esteem whilst going through school
- You can continue to play sports or play musical instruments
How will I feel after treatment?
- Some braces are fixed to your teeth and so you have to take extra care cleaning your teeth. Food can get stuck in your braces and if not removed may cause cavities, which will need fillings.
- When you first have your braces fitted and at your follow up appointments, you may feel tension in your mouth as your teeth start to move into their new position. This is usually temporary and your mouth will adapt to your braces within a few days.
- The way you talk may be different. However, this will improve as you get used to your braces.
How long will my it take?
Most children will wear their braces for 12 – 24 months. It does depend on how crooked or crowded your teeth are.
Wearing a retainer after your orthodontic treatment is an important step, because it keeps your teeth stable in their new position. To help you maintain your new smile, we provide a free retainer for you at the end of your braces treatment.
In addition, after completing your treatment, our Specialist Orthodontist will also see you for a further two complimentary appointments at six monthly intervals, to ensure all is well.
How much will my Braces cost?
We understand that price is an important consideration. Like any orthodontic treatment, the cost of your braces is dependent on the type of brace that you are having, your suitability for treatment, the complexity of your treatment and how long your treatment will take.
When you come to see us for your first consultation, we will determine the most appropriate braces treatment for you and provide you with a treatment plan and cost.
- Any breakages of the brace, bracket and wires are included.
- All scheduled appointments and aftercare are included in our prices.
- There are no hidden extras.
All of our brace treatments come with a flexible payment plan to suit your needs.
To obtain an estimate for the total cost for your treatment, please call 020 8567 4344 for your consultation or email us.