At The Kensington Orthodontic Clinic we want to keep our patients informed about what treatment involves. Some of the most common questions we get asked about treatment are listed below. If you have any other questions that we haven't answered here, give our friendly team a call today. They're always happy to talk about orthodontics!
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialist arm of dentistry that looks at the proper alignment of your teeth and jaws in relation to your overall facial profile. If your teeth and jaws are out of alignment an orthodontist will aim to straighten them using orthodontic appliances. An orthodontist wants to ensure you teeth and jaws align so you can bite your teeth together properly. This contributes to better overall oral and digestive health, straighter teeth and a beautiful smile.
What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
Firstly, there's a difference in the qualifications they have. A dentist has a degree in dentistry, whereas an orthodontist not only has a degree in dentistry but further postgraduate study in the specialist field of orthodontics (this requires a further two-to-three years of study). You won't see an orthodontist regularly like you do (or should do) your dentist. Instead, you'll just visit an orthodontist when your teeth need to be moved into a straighter position. As an example, an orthodontist doesn't focus on fixing cavities; but instead looks at how your teeth are positioned and ways to move them to help reduce the risk of cavities.
How do I know if I need orthodontic treatment?
If you suffer from a bite problem (malocclusion in orthodontic terms) which prevents your teeth from coming together nicely, then you could benefit from orthodontic treatment. Some of the most common bite problems we see here at The Kensington Orthodontic Clinic include overbites (your upper teeth sit out too far over your lower teeth), underbites (the opposite of an overbite) and protruding teeth, where you front teeth stick out at an angle.You could also benefit from orthodontic treatment if your teeth are crooked, have too many gaps between them, or they're crowded and overlapping each other.
Does orthodontic treatment hurt?
No. Your teeth and jaws are designed to move, but sometimes they just need some encouragement. That’s where orthodontic treatment comes in. You may experience slight discomfort at different times throughout your treatment but this is usually eased with over-the-counter pain relief, much like you’d take for a headache.
How long does treatment take?
This varies for each patient and depends on two key things: the severity of your orthodontic needs and the type of appliance you are wearing. At The Kensington Orthodontic Clinic, we offer fast treatment methods that can achieve results in as little as four months, as well as longer treatment for more complex cases which can take over 12 months.
How much does orthodontic treatment cost?
At The Kensington Orthodontic Clinic, we'll provide you with a quote for treatment that outlines the cost, but we have included some costs on our fees and finance page. We also help make orthodontic treatment affordable by offering interest-free monthly payment plans. Our treatment coordinator can provide you with information on our finance options when you come in for your first visit.
Do I have to wear braces to straighten my teeth?
Not necessarily. At The Kensington Orthodontic Clinic we have a range of treatment options available. That is why we encourage our patients to come in for a consultation prior to starting treatment. At this consultation we can assess your orthodontic needs and recommend the best treatment for you. This might be braces, but other options include discreet braces such as lingual braces which fit behind the surface of your teeth.
Do you offer Invisalign?
We sure do, and it is one of our most popular treatment options for good reason. Fast, effective and discreet, Invisalign has revolutionised the orthodontic industry and we’re excited at the results we can achieve for our patients using these virtually invisible aligners.
Can children benefit from orthodontic treatment?
Certainly! And we encourage parents to bring their children in for an early consultation too. This is in line with guidelines by the British Orthodontic Society which recommends all children have an orthodontic consultation between the ages of seven and 11. These consultations allow us to plan for any future treatment and reduce the extent of treatment that may be required.
Am I too old to have braces?
Nobody is ever too old to have braces. After all, are you ever too old to smile? The answer to that is no, so we believe you’re never too old to have the perfect smile and if that requires braces, then you’re never too old for orthodontic treatment!
Do you have finance plans available?
Yes we do. At The Kensington Orthodontic Clinic we’re committed to ensuring orthodontic treatment is available and affordable to all our patients. You can find out more about our finance options on our cost and finance page.
Do I have to see a dentist to be referred for orthodontic treatment?
No you don’t. If you would like to find out if orthodontic treatment is right for you, just give our friendly team a call at either The Kensington Orthodontic Clinic in West Kensington, London or Orthosmile Hounslow, or book a consultation online.
Are you taking new patients?
Yes we are. All you have to do is a book a consultation online and you can come in to meet with one of our specialist orthodontists to find out if orthodontic treatment is right for you.
Book your consultation with The Kensington Orthodontic Clinic today and start your journey to a straighter smile.