Children under 18 who have dental or occlusal (bite) problems that qualify them under the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN) are eligible for braces under the umbrella of the NHS. Your dentist will advise you in your particular case.
NHS orthodontics are effective but limited to traditional fixed metal braces. You may be given a choice of colour for the elastic bands.
Clyde Munro offers a whole range of modern orthodontic treatments, including Invisalign and clear and lingual braces, on a private basis. Please ask your dentist to learn more.
If you are having a brace fitted or adjusted, it is likely to feel uncomfortable for the first few days, but this will settle down and is manageable in the short term with painkillers if necessary. If the brace rubs your lips or cheeks, we will give you some special wax to help prevent this.
You will be able to follow a healthy diet, however, certain foods can damage braces, or exacerbate hygiene problems. Take care when eating hard, crunchy foods (cut them into smaller pieces first), and avoid sugary, acid-rich items, such as fizzy drinks (even diet ones) and fruit juice. Lastly, sticky, chewy foods, such as chewing gum, toffee, chocolate and sweets, should also be avoided.
Brush your teeth as normal, using a fluoride toothpaste. However, because food can easily get trapped by your braces, you’ll need to carry a toothbrush with your during the day and brush after all meals, paying particular attention to the gum line. Failure to keep your teeth and braces clean can lead to permanent discolouration on your teeth.
Yes, if you want your teeth to stay nice and straight. We’ll advise you on your options – retainers can be fixed or removable.