our frequently asked questions
1. What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry aimed at producing ideal tooth alignment, improvement in the bite (occlusion) and good positioning of the teeth, lips and jaws within the face to produce improved facial aesthetics.
2. Can I be too old for treatment?
You are never too old for orthodontic treatment. Tooth movement with orthodontic appliances can be achieved at any age. It is important that all dental disease is stabilised before commencing treatment. Your orthodontist can advise you about what is required.
3. What type of braces are used?
A wide range of appliances are available including conventional systems and more discreet invisible lingual appliances. Please see the section on appliances for further details.
4. Is it necessary to extract teeth?
Orthodontic treatment can often be provided without extracting teeth. Dental extractions are required, however, if there is significant crowding and/or incisor protrusion. The relative advantages and disadvantages of extraction will be discussed with you during your consultation.
5. Will I qualify for NHS treatment?
Orthodontic treatment is provided on the National Health Service (NHS) to those under the age of 18 years who meet nationally agreed criteria based upon the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN). Treatment can at present be provided to those with a Dental Health and Aesthetic grading of 3.6 or more.
6. How frequent are appointments?
Brace adjustments are usually undertaken every 6–8 weeks. If there are breakages then additional appointments maybe required.
I have had a very pleasant experience with Watford Orthodontics. Under the care of Dr Gill, my teeth have completely transformed. Before I started, I was extremely conscious of them, now I am proud to show them and feel much more confident. All the staff are friendly, warm and welcoming and I highly recommend this orthodontist to anybody without a doubt.
When I first started the treatment I never knew how amazing the results would be. At first I was a bit scared and nervous of having a brace, but this did not last long and it was easy to see the changes that were taking place in a very short space of time. Every time I came for an appointment, I was greeted by a friendly and welcoming team member. Now that I have finished my treatment, my confidence has grown and I'm always receiving compliments about my lovely straight teeth. I would like to say a really huge thank you to you all.