It’s probably fair to say that when it comes to attending dental appointments, you want them to interfere with your routine as little as possible, especially if you need a long-term treatment such as orthodontics.
Although the Internet can be a great source of information, we would always recommend that you speak to a dentist who is experienced in orthodontic treatments in the first instance. Your dentist will look at your individual case, explain the different treatment methods – as well as their advantages and disadvantages – and make recommendations about which teeth straightening treatment they believe would be best for you.
Your initial consultation gives you the opportunity to ask questions and gain a fuller picture about the right course of action for you.
Here at Lion Dental Centre in Stourbridge, these are just a handful of the frequently asked questions we hear about teeth straightening treatments every day which may give you a starting point for your own research:
- Are there alternatives to ‘traditional’ wire braces?
In a recent blog, we looked at the orthodontic treatments available here at Lion Dental Centre, including fixed clear braces and Invisalign aligners. As that article shows, modern orthodontic treatments for adults focus on offering discreet, fast-acting and affordable solutions. Although traditional wire braces are incredibly effective, we can now use braces with tooth-coloured wires and clear brackets, or clear aligners to straighten your teeth.
- Can I have a brace through the NHS?
Teeth straightening treatment is available free of charge through the NHS to children under the age of 18. If you’re an adult with complex dental needs, you may be able to have a brace fitted under the NHS. However, if your case is less severe and you are worried about the appearance of your smile or a minor alignment problem, you will probably need to have orthodontic treatment through a private dentist.
- What are your qualifications and experience as an orthodontist?
At Lion Dental Centre, anyone seeking teeth straightening treatments will see Francesca Dash. Francesca has a wealth of experience in fixed and removable orthodontics, having worked as a Clinical Assistant in the University Hospital of North Staffordshire Orthodontics Department for over 13 years and providing a range of orthodontic treatments for over 17 years.
Francesca has been an Invisalign approved dentist since 2006 and is the only female provider in the UK to have gained ‘Diamond’ status with Invisalign, having recently completed her 800th Invisalign case.
- Will I have to have teeth extracted?
We will do everything possible to preserve your existing natural teeth and straighten your smile without having to carry out any extractions, although we will of course let you know if we feel an extraction would be the best course of action.
- How long will my treatment take?
How long your treatment takes will depend on your individual case, the degree of movement we need to achieve, and the type of treatment you’re having. We will explain how long your treatment will take once we put together your treatment plan.
Minor teeth straightening can be carried out in as little as four to nine months with a system like Six Month Smiles, while more complex cases can take anywhere between nine and 24 months with Invisalign.
- How often will I need to attend appointments?
The number and frequency of your teeth straightening appointments will depend again on which brace or aligner system you have. Typically, appointments occur four to eight weeks apart once your treatment has started but this can vary.
- How much will my brace cost?
The cost of your teeth straightening in Stourbridge at Lion Dental Centre will depend on a number of factors, from the type of treatment to the complexity, duration and number of appointments you need.
Before you give the go ahead to any teeth straightening treatment, we would give you a full breakdown of the treatment plan, including the proposed costs. Invisalign treatment starts from as little as £1495.
To find out more about teeth straightening in Stourbridge at Lion Dental Centre or to book an initial consultation, please call us on 01384 376 336.
On March 19th 2015, data gathered from the 2013 Children’s Dental Health (CDH) Survey was published. This is the fifth in a series of children’s dental health surveys that have been carried out every ten years since 1973; nearly 10,000 children were surveyed.
Whereas general dentistry tends to focus on preventative treatments and keeping you orally fit, cosmetic dentistry goes a step further and is concerned with improving the appearance of your teeth, gums and bite so that you are able to enjoy the best possible version of your smile.
If you’re thinking about dental implants to replace a missing tooth or several missing teeth, you may have some questions. Here at Lion Dental Centre in Stourbridge, these are ten dental implant questions we hear every day:
Firstly I had some impressions, photographs and an xray. It didn’t take very long at all and within a few hours it was all on its way to the USA for the next stage!
About a week later my ClinCheck video arrived and showed me everything I needed to know about my treatment. No one other than Invisalign offers this and it made me even more excited to get started!
The ClinCheck video shows you how each set of aligners moves your teeth slightly and the final result!
My ClinCheck treatment plan prescribed I would need 14 aligners, these are changed every 2 weeks, bringing my treatment time to just 28 weeks!
These days, this is a wide choice of adult braces and aligners. Each system has its pros and cons, as you might expect, especially in terms of the kinds of problems each one can address. Adult braces and aligners address other considerations too – they often offer fast treatment times; discreet, almost invisible materials and designs; and solutions for different budgets.
Here at Lion Dental Centre in Stourbridge, we offer the following orthodontics solutions, so we thought we’d tell you a bit more about each of them:
Finding a family dentist in Stourbridge or elsewhere, especially one that’s also a cosmetic dentist, is often far more stressful than it needs to be. Is the practice child-friendly? Will the clinic happily treat children? What will other patients think if your children play up in the waiting room?
Why not make 2015 your year?
Have you been thinking about having your teeth straightened or whitened or maybe both? Our Free Consultations are available to discuss any of our treatments.
Pop in to discuss our range of treatments. We are currently offering FREE @ home whitening with Invisalign.
Our New Year offer is available on Philips Zoom in surgery whitening. The system whitens up to 6 shades in 1 hour.
Normal price from £495
Offer price from £295
Call our Reception Team on 01384 376336 to arrange a Free Consultation or email us at email@example.com
My Invisalign journey starts here!
I had braces when I was younger and like many people didn’t wear my retainers as instructed, this is something I regret as my teeth relapsed slightly. I had been considering having them corrected for some time but being 22 I didn’t want to go back to metal braces. After starting work with Francesca Dash I saw some amazing transformations and was eager to get things started. There are so many perks to invisalign; the fact they are completely invisible, pain free and removable as well – which makes cleaning so much easier!
The practice is currently offering free whitening with Invisalign treatment …. What a bonus! Not only will be getting straight teeth but straight white teeth.
Come back soon for my next post.