Frequently asked


Frequently asked questions

It's natural for all patients to have questions about orthodontics. After all, having orthodontic treatment is a big decision to make and a big investment so you want to be sure you understand what is involved. Below are some of the most common questions we get asked by our patients. We hope you'll find some of the answers to your questions here, but f not, please feel free to contact our friendly team.

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the field of dentistry which concentrates on straightening the teeth and aligning the jaw. This is done while assessing overall facial profile and symmetry. 

How do I know if I need to see an orthodontist?

If you suffer from crooked teeth, spacing issues or bite problems, then you could most likely benefit from the  adept knowledge of an orthodontist. 

What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?

An orthodontist has pursued further specialist study in the field of orthodontics. This is in the form of a two-to-three year master’s degree in addition to the five-year undergraduate Bachelor of Dentistry. 

Do orthodontists fix cavities?

No, that is the role of your family dentist. For all oral hygiene-related issues, your first point of call should be your dentist as your teeth need to be in optimum health before you can embark on orthodontic treatment.

Does orthodontic treatment hurt?

No, orthodontic treatment doesn’t hurt. Patients will likely experience mild discomfort when their appliance is first fitted and again when the appliance is tightened, but this can be treated with over-the-counter pain relief. 

If I have braces as a child, do I need orthodontic treatment as an adult?

Ideally not. Part of the treatment process is retention. This takes place once your teeth have been straightened and after your appliance has been removed. If you wear your retainers as instructed it is unlikely you’ll need treatment later in life.

Why does orthodontics cost more than a visit to the dentist?

Orthodontic treatment is done by highly skilled specialist orthodontists. Therefore, you are paying for their skills and knowledge to undertake complex treatment. 

Do you have finance to help with the cost of treatment?

Yes we do. At Queensway Orthodontics we want to ensure orthodontic treatment is affordable for everyone. You can find out more about our payment plans on our cost and finance page or ask our treatment co-ordinator at your free consultation.

When can I start treatment?

If you are eligible for NHS treatment, you will need to have a good standard of oral hygiene and a suitable level of understanding as to what treatment might involve and what we require from you. 

How long is the waiting time for NHS treatment?

The waiting time for an NHS assessment can be as long as a year. For more details on wait times in your area, contact your local NHS dental team.  

Are lingual braces expensive?

Lingual braces do cost more than conventional fixed braces but at Queensway Orthodontics we offer finance options and payment plans to help with the cost of treatment. More details about these are available on our cost and finance page. 

Are lingual braces hygienic?

Lingual braces are fixed to the surface of your teeth which does make them more difficult to clean than removable Invisalign aligners for example. However, we will provide you with a care-pack and instructions for cleaning your braces and maintaining your oral hygiene throughout treatment.

Are clear braces as effective as traditional metal ones?

Yes. clear braces use the same technology as traditional metal braces of the bracket and archwire system. The only difference is the parts are made from a clear material, which gives them that discreet look. 

Do I have to have teeth removed to wear braces?

At Queensway Orthodontics we do everything we can to avoid extraction but because each patient is different we make this decision on a case-by-case basis. The majority of patients do not need to have teeth removed prior to treatment though. 

clear braces are available for private child and adult patients.

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

The total duration of treatment depends on the complexity of the treatment and is generally comparable to that of traditional braces. Typically treatment can last between 9 and 18 months. During your consultation, we will provide you with more detailed information. 

Does Invisalign treatment hurt?

No. Because the Invisalign aligners are custom-made for your teeth, they don’t compromise on comfort. They also don’t have any edges, like brackets and archwires do, that can rub on the inside of your cheek causing ulcers. 

Invisalign Teen is a private treatment and therefore not available on the NHS. To spread the cost we do offer interest-free finance plans that can be taken out over a 12-month period or low-cost loans that can be taken out over 24, 36 and 48 months.

Will people be able to tell I’m having treatment?

Invisalign Teen aligners are virtually invisible so only those you tell will know you’re having treatment. 

What happens if I lose my aligners?

Invisalign is prepared for such an eventuality and provides six free sets of aligners as part of the treatment process. 

Invisalign Teen is a private treatment and therefore not available on the NHS. To spread the cost we do offer interest-free finance plans that can be taken out over a 12-month period or low-cost loans that can be taken out over 24, 36 and 48 months.

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