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Orthodontic FAQs

At Allsopp Orthodontics, each of our patient’s has a question – or three! – about their treatment. We expect this and are happy to answer each of them. Below are some of the most common ones we get asked. 

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is an arm of dentistry which focuses on the correct alignment of a patient’s teeth and jaws in relation to their overall facial symmetry. 

What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?

Both an orthodontist and a dentist have a five-year Bachelor of Dentistry. An orthodontist has then embarked on three further years of study to achieve a Master’s of Orthodontics. 

Why do I need orthodontics?

Healthy teeth are important for good oral health. If you have problems with your teeth, such as crowding or spacing issues, or you suffer from an under or overbite where your jaws don’t align, this could be contributing to wider oral health issues. Orthodontics can fix these. 

Does orthodontic treatment hurt?

No. Although you may experience slight discomfort for the first few days after your orthodontic appliance has been fitted, and again each time your appliance is tightened, this discomfort is only minor and can be treated with over-the-counter pain relief. 

I’m too embarrassed to wear braces. Do I have any other options?

Traditional braces are an effective treatment method but the technology behind these braces has been adapted to other appliances as well. Lingual braces are one of the most discreet treatment options available as they are fitted to the back surface of your teeth. This means no-one can see them. At Allsopp Orthodontics we also offer Invisalign treatment. 

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an effective orthodontic treatment option that uses a series of clear plastic aligners, a bit like thin sports mouthguards, to move teeth into position. These aligners are removable so make it easy to brush and floss. They’re also virtually invisible. You can find out more about them on our Invisalign page. 

Why is orthodontic treatment so expensive?

Orthodontics is a specialist arm of dentistry. Therefore, those who work in the field are highly trained and highly experienced. Orthodontic treatment costs slightly more than dental treatment because you are paying for this expertise. But it’s well worth it! 

Do you have finance plans available?

Yes. At Allsopp Orthodontics we want to ensure orthodontic treatment is affordable to everyone so we have payment plans and finance options available. You can find out more about these in our finance section.

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