Orthodontic FAQs

Straight Talk Orthodontics is a Cosmetic Dentistry specialist based in the heart of West London, and we receive a lot of questions about ourselves and about orthodontics in general. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions, and if you have any other queries, please feel free to contact us.

Where is Straight Talk Orthodontics based?
Straight Talk Orthodontics are based on Gordon Road, West Ealing, W13 8PT.

We have found that are patients live across the whole of West London, including areas such as Ealing, Hanwell, Acton and Northfields.

What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a speciality of dentistry concerned with the straightening of teeth.

Why would I need to see a specialist orthodontist?
Specialist orthodontists are formally trained and certified in the field of orthodontics. They are able to offer the full range of orthodontic treatment options, allowing you to achieve the best possible result.

Who can have orthodontic treatment?
Dr Gupta will assess your suitability for treatment free of charge and discuss possible options to suit your needs and lifestyle. Orthodontic treatment can be done at any age. There is no upper age limit for adults. You are never too old for braces!

For children, comprehensive treatment usually starts from about 11 years of age. We do however like to see patients as early as possible, ideally from 7 years upwards, so that we can plan future treatment at the correct time.

What types of braces are there?
Braces can be removable or fixed onto the teeth. They can be metal, ceramic (white) or plastic (clear). They can be placed on the outer or inner surfaces of the teeth. Here at Straight Talk we offer the full range of orthodontic services- see Treatments.

How does it work?
Orthodontic treatment typically involves 2 phases, both using either a fixed or removable brace. The initial or ‘active’ phase of treatment deals with the straightening of teeth. This is followed by a ‘retentive’ phase that aims to keep the teeth in their corrected position with a retainer.

Fitting a brace is a relatively straightforward procedure and involves limited discomfort.

The fixed brace comprises of individual brackets fitted onto the teeth and then connected by a wire that allows the teeth to be moved. Your fixed brace will need to be adjusted every 4 to 8 weeks.

The clear aligners (Invisliagn) are fitted and replaced every 2 weeks. You will typically be seen by Dr Gupta every 6-8 weeks.

How long does treatment take?
Treatment time varies depending on the complexity of the treatment and ranges from 6 months to 18 months.

How will I know what I need?
Treatment starts with Dr Gupta conducting a detailed examination, supplemented with x-rays and an ‘impression’ of your teeth. This will allow a correct diagnosis, enabling her to create an accurate course of treatment specific to you.

Are there other benefits of orthodontics?
Orthodontic treatment will straighten crooked or poorly positioned teeth by moving them into a better position. It can improve your smile and appearance, the way your teeth bite together and your gum and tooth health by distributing the biting force evenly over your teeth.

Will I have to have teeth out?
In some cases you may need to have teeth taken out to make room for straightening. However, current advanced orthodontic technology means that we are able to achieve excellent results without removing teeth. There are also other ways that we may be able to make space to achieve straightening without the removal of teeth. You will be advised regarding this at the consultation.

What happens when the teeth are straight?
When treatment has finished it is important to hold the teeth in the corrected position while the surrounding gum and bone settles. This is called retention. Retainers are the type of brace provided at the end of treatment to maintain these corrected positions. Retainers can be removable or fixed. The type of retainer needed and duration of wear depends on the original position of the teeth.

Will the braces hurt?
There should be no pain. At the initial fitting and at each adjustment there may be some discomfort, but you will be advised on how to manage this. Rest assured, any minor discomfort is very short lived.

Can I keep my teeth clean with braces stuck on them?
Yes. You will be advised by us, and given aids to help keep your teeth clean. It becomes second nature very quickly! It is very important to keep the teeth around the braces clean to prevent damage to the teeth.

Can braces damage my teeth?
The appliances themselves do not damage teeth. However, if the teeth are not cleaned adequately and the diet is acidic or high in sugar, teeth may be affected.

How successful is orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment is exceptionally successful. The aesthetic and often functional improvement offered by orthodontic treatment should not be underestimated. The majority of people who have their teeth straightened feel a new sense of confidence from their improved smile!

Is orthodontic work permanent?
Teeth continue to move a small amount with age well into late adulthood. That is why many people notice that their teeth become crooked with age, especially at the front, and even when they have had orthodontics treatment as a child. Therefore, orthodontic treatment is not permanent. However, if the retainers are worn long-term then the teeth stay in their corrected position.

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