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For a full consultation and to ensure we analyse your case fully, you'll be at the practice for about 1 hour although you will not leave wearing any braces today. You will be introduced to the team who will talk to you about any concerns you may have about your teeth. If x-rays or any other records are required, this will be explained to you fully. Dr Hopkins will see you and advise you of your treatment options. The team will ensure that you leave with all your questions answered, ensuring you understand all treatment options discussed. Remember, the decision for treatment is entirely your own.

Pre Treatment Appointment - Records

At this appointment your treatment plan which was previously discussed with Dr Hopkins will be confirmed with you. Before starting treatment all necessary records need to be gathered and will include x-rays, an intraoral (inside the mouth) scan of your teeth, as well as photographs of you and your teeth.

Should dental impressions need to be taken, a soft flavoured paste is put in your mouth in a tray over your teeth, which can feel a little cold and wet at first, it stays in your mouth for less than 1 minute until it sets hard and can be removed. Photographs are taken throughout treatment. We will also discuss the wear and care of your appliance and ensure that all questions you have are answered - as next time your brace will be fitted.

Following this visit you will be sent a treatment consent and estimate via email. You will need to read, print and sign this estimate prior to your next appointment and return the completed paperwork to reception. We will then be able to make you an appointment to have your brace fitted. Please be aware that we do require a 25% non-refundable deposit to be paid when booking this appointment.

During Active Treatment

Fitting Your Fixed Brace

You will usually have a 1 hour appointment, fitting the brace takes approximately 45 minutes. There are no drills or injections involved in the procedure, the process is one of cleaning, washing, drying and sticking - your lips and cheeks will be held out of the way during this process. There is nothing to be concerned about for the fitting of your brace, however straight afterwards your brace will feel strange and uncomfortable. We expect it to take from 7-10 days for you to get used to your brace and some general aching and discomfort can be expected for the first 3-4 days.

Problem with Your Brace

If you have a problem with your brace please refer to FAQ’s first to answer your concerns. Should you need to arrange an additional appointment please contact the practice. You will see one of the orthodontic therapists and they will ask you about the problem. Your appliance will be repaired as necessary and will be made comfortable before you leave. Advice on appliance care will be reinforced if required.

Routine Adjustment

Your fixed appliance will be checked and if your teeth are ready, the next strength of wire will be fitted. Any other general alterations will be made, sometimes including the removal or placing of new brackets, build up of your turbo’s and sometimes fitting of hooks and elastics. All will be explained to you during the appointment. Routine photographs will be taken throughout treatment. This appointment normally takes 15-30 minutes.

Debond (Removal of Your Brace)

When yourself and Dr Hopkins are happy with the result, your braces are removed It is a quick process to remove the brace, each bracket is ‘clicked’ off one by one as the glue is broken with a small amount of pressure on each tooth. The remaining glue is then cleaned off and impressions and photographs will be taken.

Post Active Treatment

Fitting Retainers

Removable retainers are fitted following the removal of your fixed appliance. Retainers are clear plastic aligners that you must wear, to ensure your teeth stay in their new position. Retainers are a lifelong commitment and we will never advise that you stop wearing your retainers.

Retainer Check Appointments

We will review your retainers for the first 12 months post active treatment. We then suggest you join our retainer care programme to have your retainers checked annually. However, should you have a problem with your retainers, we advise you make an appointment to see us as soon as possible.

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