Frequently Asked Questions

Got a question?

Whether you’re thinking about having orthodontic treatment, have been referred by a dentist, or are researching orthodontic appliances for your child, chances are you have a few questions.

The team at Orthodontic Excellence are well qualified to answer any questions you might have. Below are some of the most common questions they get asked by patients. If your questions aren’t answered here, don’t hesitate to contact our practice. We’re here to help you make the right decision.

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry that focuses on correcting the alignment of a patient’s teeth and jaws.

How is an orthodontist different from a dentist?

An orthodontist is a fully trained dentist who has additionally undertaken further postgraduate study and exams, usually over a minimum of a further 7 years, to become recognised by the General Dental Council as a Registered Specialist in Orthodontics (an orthodontist for short). For many orthodontists, it is the challenge of straightening a person’s teeth and moving their jaws into alignment which interests them.

What is a GDC number?

Every dentist must be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC). Upon registration, the Council will provide members with their own unique GDC number. Dr Huntley and Dr Rootkin-Gray are also listed on the General Dental Councils specialist register under Orthodontics.

Does orthodontic treatment hurt?

It can for a short period of your treatment. This often comes at a time when your braces have been tightened or you’ve been issued with a new set of Invisalign aligners. This discomfort doesn’t last very long – possibly a day or two – and can be treated with over-the-counter pain relief. For the vast majority of the treatment time your teeth feel normal.

How much does orthodontic treatment cost?

Different types of treatment have different costs, it does depend on the appliance you are fitted with. We have included some guidance on prices on our treatment costs page but we will give you a detailed quote for your specific treatment at your first visit.

Can adults wear braces?

Yes, absolutely. At Orthodontic Excellence, we believe no-one is ever too old to straighten their teeth. We have a number of different treatment options that are suitable for our adult patients too, most of which are incredibly discreet, such as invisible lingual braces or the virtually invisible Invisalign aligners.

Do you offer Invisalign?

Yes, we do have Invisalign treatment here at Orthodontic Excellence. What’s more, our specialist orthodontists are recognised for their skill and experience with Invisalign. Both Peter and Virginia became founding members of The Invisible Orthodontist, a nation-wide group of specialist orthodontists focused on treating patients using invisible techniques.

Can I still clean my teeth while wearing braces?

Yes you can. In fact, it’s a necessity. We’ll give you some tips on how best to brush your teeth when wearing braces, but please keep up your oral hygiene routine as teeth can be susceptible to decay when wearing braces if you don’t clean them properly.

How long does treatment take?

This depends on the complexity of your problem and its solution. We’ll estimate the length of time your treatment will take after you’ve seen the orthodontist.

Got a question?

If you’ve still got a question that hasn’t been answered here, contact the friendly Orthodontic Excellence team today.

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