Have questions about braces, Invisalign® treatments, or just orthodontics in general? You’re not alone. Most people have a question (or three!) for us - and we’ve compiled some of the most common ones here.
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. A specialist orthodontist must undergo additional training to be able to diagnose and treat dental misalignments.
What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
Both a specialist orthodontist and a dentist have a five-year Bachelor of Dentistry. A specialist orthodontist has then embarked on three further years of study to achieve a Master’s of Orthodontics and may elect to complete additional training for specific orthodontic solutions.
Do I need orthodontic treatment?
Healthy teeth are important for good oral health. If you or your child have crowding or spacing issues or suffer from an under or overbite, orthodontic treatment could help improve your overall oral health.
The only way to really know if you need braces is to book a free consultation and undergo an orthodontic assessment of your teeth and jaws.
Do braces or Invisalign® treatments 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.
What if I’m too embarrassed to wear braces?
Traditional metal braces are certainly an effective treatment method, but we have great news! The technology behind these braces has been adapted to other, more discreet solutions. And we offer ceramic braces, hidden lingual braces, and Invisalign® clear aligners to our patients who would like to forego the metal brackets.
What are Invisalign® clear aligners?
Invisalign® treatment is a nearly-invisible way to straighten your smile, using a series of clear plastic aligners instead of metal brackets and archwires to move teeth into position. Clear aligners can be removed to brush and floss and Invisalign® treatment is compatible with the Dental Monitoring app, allowing for remote check-ups.
Why is orthodontic treatment so expensive?
Orthodontics is a specialist arm of dentistry. Therefore, those who work in the field are highly trained and have years of experience. Orthodontic treatment costs slightly more than dental treatment because you are paying for this expertise. But the results are well worth it - check out our before and afters here.
Do you have finance plans available?
Yes! At Allsopp Smile, we work to make orthodontic treatment as affordable as possible with flexible payment plans and 0% interest finance options. See if you qualify today.
Book a free consultation
Your first consultation is completely free and there’s no obligation to go ahead with treatment.
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