Godalming Orthodontic Practice
100 High Street

01483 418750

Patient information

Orthodontic treatment

Orthodontics is a growing dental specialty that specialises in straightening the teeth, correcting the “bite” and improving facial profile.

Orthodontic treatment usually involves wearing a brace which applies gentle pressure on the teeth to move them to the desired position.

Benefits of orthodontic treatment

Very few people have perfectly positioned teeth and the benefits of orthodontic treatment are:

  1. to improve the appearance of the teeth and the facial profile
  2. to improve function of the teeth ie. to make it easier to eat and to avoid uneven tooth wear.
  3. to improve the long-term health of the teeth and the gums.

Your first visit

At your first visit, the orthodontist will carry out detailed examination of your teeth, mouth and face.

Xrays, photographs and moulds (impressions) of the teeth may be taken. All these records will help the orthodontist decide which is the best treatment for you.

No orthodontic treatment will be carried out at this visit.

How long will treatment take?

Orthodontic treatment usually takes 12-24 months to complete, depending on the severity of the malocclusion.

Successful treatment will require good cooperation of the patient. Failed and cancelled appointments, or repeated breakages of the braces, will delay progress and increase treatment time significantly.

How often will I need an appointment?

You will need regular appointments during orthodontic treatment for the braces to be adjusted.

You will normally be seen once every 4-6 weeks but, in some treatment, the interval between visits may be longer.

Is it painful?

Having the brace fitted is not painful.

However, it is common to have slightly tender teeth for 2-3 days after each fitting and adjustment appointment but this will settle quickly.

Some rubbing of the cheek or the gums are quite common and these discomfort will normally disappear after a few days. Your orthodontist can give you some relief wax to make the braces comfort.

Will I need extraction of teeth?

If your teeth are over-crowded, extractions may be required to make room for the other teeth to spread out and to align normally.

However, with the advance of modern material and technology, extractions can now be avoided in many cases.

Your orthodontist will be able to advise you on this and, if required, your own dentist will normally carry out the extractions.

Do I still need to see my regular dentist?

Yes. It is important that you still see your dentist regularly for check-ups during orthodontic treatment.

Adult orthodontic treatment

There is no age limit for orthodontic treatment although , in adults, treatment may take a bit longer and also long-term retention is usually necessary to retain the result.

Quick guide to teeth / brace care

In order to prevent damage to your teeth and brace, you will need to:

  1. avoid eating hard, sticky or chewy foods, eg. toffees, chewing gums, chocolate bars
  2. avoid drinking fizzy drinks (including diet drinks) and fruit juices
  3. take extra care during eating eg. by cutting your foods up first
  4. brush our teeth / brace thoroughly after every meal, following the instructions of your orthodontist
  5. use daily fluoride mouth rinse.

Godalming Orthodontic Practice
100 High Street

01483 418750