Following advice, from the NHS and British Orthodontic Society, Smiles Orthodontic Practice is closed to patients. All appointments for the foreseeable future have been cancelled.
If you have a fixed brace and wear elastics please continue with these. Leave a phone message if you run out so we can send you some more. Removable appliances and retainers should continue to be worn as instructed.
If you have a problem with your orthodontic appliance there is guidance in the Orthodontic Emergencies Protocol on the British Orthodontic Society website.
At this stage please only contact the practice if you have a concern or orthodontic emergency that is causing discomfort. Unfortunately we are unable to replace brackets, repair broken removable appliances or provide replacement retainers.
These are extraordinary times and the safety of our patients, staff and families is paramount.
We look forward to welcoming you back to Smiles as soon as possible.
The Smiles Team
You’re never too old for treatment. Straightening teeth can work just as well for adults as for children. Braces for children usually work more quickly than adult braces but they are still very effective.
Teeth move throughout your life whether you have orthodontic treatment or not. After treatment we advise that you wear retainers to hold the teeth in their ideal position. After a year the frequency of wear can be reduced to 2 nights per week to provide long term stability.
Yes, depending on the severity of your issue. In some cases it may be advisable to treat both arches; the orthodontist can discuss this with you at your consultation appointment.
We have early morning appointments available each day of the week and a late night when we are open until 7.30pm. These appointment times are available to private orthodontic patients.
Straight away, there is no waiting list.
On average between 18 months to 2 years. However it will depend on the complexity of your case. The orthodontist will clarify this for you at the end of your first visit.
All braces feel strange for 2-3 days whilst the mouth adjusts. You may also experience a little discomfort whilst the teeth get used to moving. The discomfort usually lasts for a couple of days and if needed ordinary pain killers may be taken.
We provide dietary advice when the brace is fitted however certain foods eg hard or crunchy foods should be avoided during treatment.
Yes, we offer a discounted rate for children who attend within NHS appointment times. Take a look at our Private Treatment page in the Under 18 Orthodontics section for more information.
Should your questions not be included, then please contact us and we will do our best to answer them for you.