3 Facts Defining the Cost of Braces in Loughborough

Posted on: February 11th, 2016 by freshadmin No Comments

 

Perhaps you have made the decision to have your teeth straightened with braces but when you look online to try and get an idea of the cost, there are too many variables, and you end up more confused than ever.  The Straight Teeth Suite in Loughborough has compiled a list of the differing factors they consider when pricing your braces.  Not only do they fit clear braces but they give clear prices before you commit to treatment.  Hidden braces, not hidden costs.

The reason pricing teeth straightening treatment is so complicated is because there are many factors to be put into the equation before a price can be determined. There is no ‘off the shelf’ price as a dentist needs to appraise your specific problem during a consultation and take into consideration these three factors to determine the final cost:

  1. The dentist will assess the condition and position of your teeth.  The more complex the problem, the more work will need to be done.  For example, if your teeth are very over-crowded you may need to have some extracted before braces can be fitted.  Others problems, such as a gap between your upper incisors will be relatively easy to fix and, therefore, less expensive.  
  2. The time your treatment will take.  Some treatments take just four months, and other more involved procedures may take up to two years.  Obviously, the longer the treatment, the more appointments you will need which will be factored into the cost.
  3. The type of brace you need and choose, whether it is a fixed brace, an invisible brace or an aligner, will have to be factored into the overall cost of treatment.  The materials the braces are made from are reflected in the price. For example, ceramic brackets are more expensive than metal brackets.  A lingual brace, fixed to the reverse side of your teeth and hidden from view is a more costly choice than a traditional brace fixed to the front of your teeth.  Not only are the brackets for a Lingual brace more expensive but the manufacturing fees are higher too.

If you would like your teeth straightened but don’t know if it is something you can afford, make an appointment with the Straight Teeth Suite.  We would be happy to discuss the different options with you. You might be pleasantly surprised when your treatment plan works out at a lot less than you anticipated.  On the other hand, perhaps you can’t afford your braces at this time.  The Straight Teeth Suite can offer you a payment plan to spread the cost and make it more affordable.

If you would like to find out the cost of your braces without any pressure to commit, please contact the Straight Teeth Suite in Loughborough here

Best Choice of braces: Lingual braces in Loughborough

Posted on: January 25th, 2016 by freshadmin No Comments

 

Straight teeth and a beautiful smile are no longer the domain of the rich and famous.  In the UK, a million people in all walks of life had their teeth straightened last year, not only to improve the function of their teeth and their appearance but to improve their confidence.  A beautiful smile will win friends and influence people, and that is important when trying to get ahead.  If you are confident in yourself, others will be confident in you.  The Straight Teeth Suite in Loughborough will help you to make the best choice when considering Lingual braces.

Lingual braces are increasingly popular and becoming a favourite option for many patients when selecting what type of brace to have fitted.  The two principal reasons they are so popular, especially with patients who have jobs where their appearance is important, is because Lingual braces are almost invisible, and they work quickly.  They are so discreet nobody will know you are wearing braces as, unlike traditional braces, they are fitted to the reverse side of your teeth.  The clever technicians at the Lingual brace laboratory make the brackets and archwires to fit your teeth, and they make them light, comfortable and unobtrusive.  They are easy to keep clean and do not interfere with eating or with speaking.  There is no need to fear you will be drinking soup for months or lisping your way through a speech.

Lingual braces work fast.  From the first day they are fitted, they start moving your teeth into the desired, correct position by applying gentle pressure.  In just five weeks you will notice a difference and know you have made the best choice. We treat patients with all kinds of problems from misaligned and overcrowded teeth to poor bites and gaps.  Some cases take just three months to correct and more complex cases rather longer.  The dentist will be able to advise you of the time scale at your first consultation.

Few people understand how their health can be badly affected by a poor bite. How often have you experienced a headache, or shoulder ache or neck pains and have put it down to stress?  An unbalanced bite not only affects your ability to eat certain foods but puts the surrounding teeth under enormous pressure, which causes pain.  Lingual braces can correct this and allow the jaws to fit together properly. Therefore, the surrounding joints and muscles relax, causing significantly less damage to teeth.

If your teeth are overcrowded or crooked, you are more prone to cavities and gum disease as it is difficult to keep your teeth clean and plaque will develop in the hard-to-reach areas.  Left untreated, your gums will become inflamed, resulting in oral infection and potential tooth loss. In such cases, it is imperative to have your teeth straightened.  Lingual braces are a great choice in matters of health and not just aesthetics.

Not all dentists offer lingual braces because of the training and technical expertise that are required. Braces are definitely worth the investment, but Lingual braces have special requirements. Because they are personally made to fit each patient, they cost a bit more, and treatment tends to be more involved. Each tooth has its own separate parts  The Straight Teeth Suite have put together a financial plan to help you spread the cost over time as you choose premium braces; Lingual braces and a great smile.

If you are ready to make your choice and change your life, contact the Straight Teeth Suite in Loughborough here.

The Easy Guide to Lingual Braces – ABC of Lingual Braces in Nottingham

Posted on: January 13th, 2016 by freshadmin No Comments

 

If you are confused by all the information available on lingual braces and straightening teeth you need to know what good advice and what should be dismissed. The Straight Teeth Suite in Nottingham have compiled an easy guide to help you understand the facts before you decide to straighten your teeth with Lingual braces and enjoy your new smile.

A –  If you are not happy with the idea of wearing braces Advanced technology has given Lingual braces to Adults who Aspire to straightening their teeth.

B  – Let’s start at the beginning. With Lingual Braces you can correct cross Bite, deep Bite, and under Bite. Your teeth will not only look Better but function Better too. The Brackets and wires are concealed Behind the teeth making sure you Braces are totally discreet.

C – Custom made Lingual braces are discreet and Comfortable.  They are Concealed behind your teeth so nobody knows you have braces unless you tell them.  By applying Continuous pressure they gently move your teeth to the Correct position. They are worn not just to correct Cosmetic issues but to correct problems such as Crowded teeth. You will need to Care for your braces and you will be shown what to do. The Cost of Lingual braces depends on the Complexity of your treatment. At your first Consultation your dentist will tell you what is involved and how much your treatment will cost.

D – If you meet with people on a Day-to-Day basis, or want a new Date, you will want to feel Daring and confident.  Straight teeth and a beautiful smile will give you that confidence. Your new smile is for life, so be sure the Dentist who fits your Lingual braces is  well qualified and experienced.

E – Lingual braces are a little more Expensive than traditional braces but are a great choice, Especially for adults.  Lingual Braces ensure you make an impression when it counts.  They are Effective and Encourage the teeth to grow straight.

F – Lingual braces Function in the same way traditional braces do but are cleverly concealed. Even your Friends and Family will not know you are wearing braces. Fulfil your dream and have you teeth straightened  without delay.

G – As with your teeth, Good oral hygiene is important when wearing Lingual braces. You will need to keep the brackets and wires clean, as well as your teeth, and keep your Gums healthy.

H –  Straight teeth will make you Happy.  Before beginning a treatment plan, the dentist will check your oral Health, as well as the condition of your teeth.  Regular visits to the Hygienist will help ensure your teeth are clean and your gums are Healthy.

I – Lingual braces are almost Invisible.  You won’t have a shiny metal smile. In fact, unless you open your mouth wide, you will not see the braces at all.  At your first treatment, your dentist will make an Impression of your teeth which is sent to the laboratory where your braces are custom made giving an accurate and personal fit.

J – Lingual braces work Just as well as traditional braces.

K – You will need to wear a retainer once your treatment is completed to Keep you straight teeth in their new position.

L – Lingual braces function the same way as traditional braces but are Lighter and discreet.  The brackets and arch-wires are fixed on the reverse side of your teeth. They are almost undetectable.  They feel Less awkward in your mouth, and they do not give you a  Lisp or speech impediment and you will receive a Lovely smile as your reward.

M – After your braces have been fitted, your teeth will begin to Move. You may have some Mild discomfort in the beginning but you will soon get used to having something alien in your Mouth.

N – It is the New year and Now is the time to think about the New you.

O – Oral hygiene is an important factor with Lingual braces.  Your dentist and hygienist will advise you.

P –  The Straight Teeth Suite have a Payment Plan to make Lingual braces affordable and ease the Pain.  If you think Lingual braces might be Painful, think again.  Whereas you might feel some discomfort in the beginning, the pressure of the wires gently moving your teeth is so slight it does not cause Pain.

Q- A well Qualified dentist is vital when considering all types of braces.  A new smile is for life and not a Quick fix.

R – Regular appointments to Review your progress are Required.

S – is for the Straight Teeth Suite.  We like to see Straight teeth, Smiles on faces, Socially confident patients who have bags of Self-esteem and Smile with their friends and colleagues.

T – Your dentist will give you a Treatment plan and you will be advised of the Time it will Take for your teeth to be straightened at your first consultation.

U- Lingual braces are Unseen.  Unless you tell your colleagues or friends you are wearing braces they will not know.  There are no Ugly brackets or wires on the front of your teeth.

V – With straight teeth and a beautiful smile you will View life differently.

W – We Welcome all our new patients to discuss any questions you may have.

X – X-ray’s may be taken to check the position and condition of your teeth.

Y – You and Your teeth are important to us.

Z – As your new smile spreads across your face, you will feel Zealous and full of Zing and Zest for life!

Contact The Straight Teeth Suite in Nottingham to make an appointment for a Free consultation HERE

Reflections of Straight Teeth: Lingual Braces One Year On in Nottingham

Posted on: December 18th, 2015 by freshadmin No Comments

 

My name is Emma and I am past patient of Straight Teeth Suite in Nottingham. A year on and it seems like a distant memory.  I look in the mirror, and I can’t remember not having straight teeth as my lovely new smile is reflected back at me. My straight teeth have changed my life in so many ways thanks to the team at Straight Teeth Suite.

For those of you wearing lingual braces you know already it is a journey and for those of you just about to have your lingual braces fitted let me tell you all about them and the different stages you will go through.  Love or hate your braces, you will not regret straightening your teeth for one minute. The future is great.

It has been a whole year since I had my lingual braces taken off and for one year I’ve been enjoying my new smile. I haven’t looked back since having my braces removed. I have to admit that I do feel quite surprised about the difference being able to smile freely has made to my self-confidence. Before my treatment, I was aware that I hid my smile, but I only now realise how much I really held myself back. It sounds like an overstatement, but it’s actually really liberating to go from introvert to extrovert and to smile and laugh in social situations without a second thought.

Of course, I smiled before I had braces but I would hide, putting my hand over my mouth, trying to disguise my embarrassment and my crooked teeth.  But once my lingual braces were fitted I didn’t mind so much as I knew I was well on the way to my beautiful new smile.  Lingual braces, for the readers who are new to braces, are attached to the inside surfaces of the teeth that face the tongue. On the reverse side of the teeth, they are practically invisible from the outside, even up-close and even if I laughed uncontrollably with my mouth wide open I didn’t feel the humiliation I felt before.  And now my braces have been removed I laugh, pull faces and wear lipstick; bright red lipstick to show off my new smile.  What fun; my worst feature has become my best friend and I feel liberated and carefree.

Although I knew in advance, once my braces treatment was completed I would be fitted with retainers, it seemed so far in the future I didn’t give it a second thought.  And now, a year on I hardly give my retainers a second thought.  When my braces were removed a very thin wire was temporarily fixed behind my front teeth, top and bottom, to keep them in their new position. They were almost completely covered with white dental cement so they were not sharp or uncomfortable and they were concealed. However, moulds were made of my new smile and a few weeks later I received new retainers that look like clear aligners.   Initially,  I wore the retainers every night for two months, and I now wear them for just two nights a week. It’s actually not too bad as the retainers fit well, and I know my teeth will stay where they should be. The idea is that the fixed retainers keep my front teeth permanently in place, and the removable one maintains the back teeth.

I always thought the saying “Smile and the world smiles with you,’ to be a bit of a cliché.  But it’s true.  My new smile is infectious, and everyone likes to see a happy face.  I never knew what it was like to feel so good about myself and confidence is bursting out of me.

Now my teeth are correctly aligned; I can chew properly.  Food tastes better, and I can eat everything I want to.  A whole year down the line, I tuck into crusty bread and crisp apples with abandon forgetting what the denial was like when I wore my lingual braces.  It was well worth the wait as food tastes so much better with straight teeth.

I don’t really remember the pain or discomfort.  It has faded into the recesses of my memory, and I actually don’t think it was ever too bad; it was certainly never unbearable. If I did have a few bad days, I certainly know now it was well worth it and wouldn’t want anyone embarking on lingual braces to be put off.  My smile is amazing, and I would do it again, only I won’t have to!

If like Emma’s story and  you think straighter teeth could change your life book a  free consultation at Straight Teeth Suite in Nottingham for lingual braces HERE.

Upside, Downside: The pros and cons of lingual braces in Leicester

Posted on: December 11th, 2015 by freshadmin No Comments

Braces can be critical to the future of your oral health.  You might choose to have your teeth straightened if they are crooked or overcrowded or to improve your self-esteem with a lovely smile.  Whatever the reason, straightening teeth is not a quick fix and should not be undertaken until you have considered all the facts.  Lingual braces are a great solution for patients who want or need invisible braces.  Maybe you have a very public job where you have to meet people on a daily basis.  You might feel mortified by the idea they may comment on your braces.  In this instance, lingual braces are a great choice but you need to be aware they have their downside as well as upside before you commit.  The Straight Teeth Suite in Leicester will talk you through the pros and cons of lingual braces to help you make up your mind.

On the upside:

The most obvious advantage of lingual braces is that they are virtually invisible. Even when you laugh no one is going to notice as lingual braces are fixed to the reverse of your teeth as opposed to conventional braces fixed to the front.

Lingual braces are made just for you, so they fit perfectly to correct your specific problem. While crooked teeth are a common problem, every case is individual and needs to be treated accordingly.

With lingual braces, there is nothing rubbing on the inside of your cheeks and with the use of a little dental wax, there is nothing to stop you enjoying the pleasure of a sweet kiss.

Although great care must be taken with cleaning lingual braces, as with all braces, any staining or discolouration will not be seen. If particles of food get stuck in the wires or brackets, no one will know before you can brush your braces clean.

With lingual braces your teeth are pushed into the correct position from the inside and you therefore in the end of your treatment can expect a nicer arch shape

One of the main advantages is they show results very quickly.

And the downside:

One of the biggest disadvantages of lingual braces is the cost. They are more expensive than traditional metal or ceramic braces. However, the Straight Teeth Suite are happy to work out a payment plan to help you spread the cost making lingual braces within everyone’s reach.

Lingual braces are difficult to clean. It is awkward to see your braces without one of those clever little mirrors a dentist uses, and you can’t see just how dirty or stained they have become. Visits to the hygienist are essential to help keep your lingual braces and your teeth clean.   As  you should see a hygienist regularly with all types of braces,  lingual braces are no more or less time consuming.

Lingual braces can be uncomfortable at the beginning. Once they are fitted, they can feel a little sore, and can impair speech and eating for a few days. The tongue can get tender but,  with the use of dental wax, this can be eliminated. All braces are uncomfortable at the outset but with lingual braces it does  not take long to get used to them.

We all have different pain thresholds, and people have varying degrees of resistance to pain. The initial pain you might feel  with lingual braces is no different from  conventional braces and can be eased with a dose of paracetamol or ibuprofen.

Lingual braces may take marginally longer to fit, adjust and clean than conventional braces. The Straight Teeth Suite take the same amount of care with traditional braces as they do with lingual braces. They give each patient lots of time to see they are comfortable with their treatment and everything is progressing as it should.

The arguments for and against lingual braces or traditional braces show lingual braces to have a clear, or invisible advantage!

If you would like a consultation to see if you are a suitable candidate for lingual braces, contact the Straight Teeth Suite in Leicester HERE

How Lingual Braces in Loughborough Can Help With Embarrassing Smiles

Posted on: November 12th, 2015 by freshadmin No Comments

 

You’d be surprised how many people we meet at the Straight Teeth Suite in Loughborough are embarrassed to smile. Even minor so-called ‘defects’ can make an individual self-conscious and disrupt their daily lives in subtle ways. It’s a very common problem, partly because we place such a high premium on our smiles.

In the video below, one patient explains her journey of going through lingual braces treatment:

Most people associate braces with young people, school-age teenagers with a mouthful of metal, but the truth is that the invisible braces available today are ideal for older individuals who may have missed out on treatment in their youth.

As a recent patient told us:

“I was very unhappy about my teeth. They were very crowded and they really looked a mess. I was embarrassed. I was a little bit nervous about having braces.  I wanted it, but I was too old and it’s a little bit vain, but it was best thing I could have had done. It’s been a really positive experience.”

You don’t have to go through life with crooked teeth; there is something that you can do about it today. At the Straight Teeth Suite in Loughborough, we are big fans of lingual braces because they can provide a new lease of life for many older people. Women and men in their twenties, thirties and forties have benefitted from this treatment for misaligned teeth and have gone home with more confidence and a better smile.

For adults, the important feature of lingual braces is that they are not visible, which means you don’t have to walk around the workplace with a mouthful of embarrassing metal, which is something that frequently put people off improving the alignment of their teeth in the past.

According to our patient, it was partly the enthusiastic approach of the Straight Teeth Suite that persuaded her to undergo treatment in later life:

“Everyone seems really enthusiastic about the treatment as well, so it was like everyone was pleased each time I came and my teeth were a bit better. It was great.”

The whole process is designed not to be noticeable, which is why many people are beginning to come forward to get the smile they’ve always wanted. Lingual braces are perhaps one of the fastest growing dental cosmetic procedures around today, and the technology that has been developed is both highly successful and affordable.

Patients are generally surprised by the results once they have had a lingual brace fitted, and many wonder why they left it so long to straighten their teeth.  “I’m really, really happy with the result, very happy with my teeth. Other people have noticed, which is nice. I had a lingual brace at the top, which is one that you actually can’t see at all because it’s behind the teeth. I felt that was good for me. It was less noticeable.”

If you are in Loughborough and have been living with crooked or misaligned teeth, thinking that nothing could be done about them, then it’s time to get in touch with us here and find out what we can do to improve your smile.

New Smile in Months with Lingual Braces in Nottingham

Posted on: November 4th, 2015 by freshadmin No Comments

 

There are several reasons why people decide not to have their teeth straightened with braces. At the Straight Teeth Suite in Nottingham we’ve seen most of them. Some people think they are just too old for braces. Others are worried about the cost. Many also think that having your teeth straightened is such a lengthy process that it is not worth the effort.

The good news is that the technology we use to fit braces has changed significantly over the last 10 to 15 years, which means a better smile can be achieved within 3 to 9 months. Obviously this is going to depend on the condition of your teeth, but if you visit the Straight Teeth Suite in Nottingham we’ll give you a full, free consultation to make sure that you know what the future holds.

How Can Lingual Braces Help?

If you are between the ages of 20 and 50 you might have thought that braces were not an option for you. Do you really want to go to work with a mouthful of clunky metal, even if it is for the cause of a better smile? Do you want to suffer difficulty in eating and have to clean your braces whilst waiting for your teeth to move into place? And do you really want to spend money on something that might not work anyway?

Times have certainly changed. Lingual braces are designed to be unobtrusive, which means you can smile at work and no one will notice anything different. They’re also much easier to clean than old-fashioned braces, and you shouldn’t have much difficulty in eating either. Finally, the cost can be spread over a period of up to five years, so it won’t have such an immediate impact on your all-important bank balance.

Lingual braces will achieve results quickly, and can be fitted to both upper and lower teeth. They are ideal if you have a gap between teeth that you want to close, or teeth that you want to bring into alignment, and past patients have certainly been impressed with the results.

The use of these self-ligating braces means that we can achieve faster and more accurate results. So if you have a big event coming up in the future (perhaps a wedding or graduation) that you want to feel extra confident for, then we can work towards it and ensure your teeth have been corrected by that date. The braces stay in your mouth 24/7, which means they are always working on your teeth, achieving great results in a matter of months rather than years, as is the case for standard wire braces.

The way it works is that patients keep the braces in until they have done their job, and then put in a retainer at night to make sure their teeth don’t begin to move back to their original positions. Of course, how long a particular brace treatment takes will depend on the condition of the patient’s teeth, which is why we undertake a full assessment at the outset.

At the Straight Teeth Suite in Nottingham we’ve seen countless smiles transformed in our time and we pride ourselves in bringing the right degree of patient care and orthodontic know-how to the table, all at an affordable price. If you would like a free consultation, during which you can ask all the questions you want, then contact us today to make an appointment.

What to expect with Lingual Braces in Leicester – Your guide to lingual braces part 4

Posted on: October 11th, 2015 by freshadmin No Comments

 

If you’re living in the Leicester area and are thinking about teeth straightening treatment, there are a number of aspects of your lifestyle that will be impacted in one way or another. While none of these are serious as such, it’s still important to know what level of commitment you will need to make before you take steps to move forward with the procedure.

Here are a few of the most common questions our patients ask the Straight Teeth Suite team regarding their day-to-day lives and how they can expect to be affected by Lingual Braces. 

What lifestyle changes will I need to make while wearing the braces?

The most obvious adjustment is to be extra careful of what you eat. You’ll need to be meticulous with your cleaning to avoid any problems with your cavities, but once you get into the habit of doing so it won’t be much of an issue, as long as you see a dentist and a hygienist on a regular basis.

So what should I avoid eating?

The main things to avoid would be things like toffees – anything too sweet could cause cavities, and anything too hard and chewy that can knock the brackets off would be extremely uncomfortable for you.

Can I smoke during treatment?

A lot of patients do. Obviously smoking is bad for your overall health and your mouth, so ideally it’s best not to do so. However, this isn’t something that is set in stone, and wouldn’t be something we would refuse treatment on the basis of.

Can I chew gum?

No, because it can get caught in your brackets and quite honestly is a nightmare to take off. Because of its consistency, there is every chance that it could pull the brackets off – something that will be uncomfortable for you and cause the treatment to be prolonged.

Will braces interfere with sports?

We always advise our patients to play with a sports guard, and this is particularly the case if you play a contact sport. Your teeth will be sensitive to any form of trauma, so precautions will be necessary to avoid any painful complications.

Can they interfere with playing any instruments?

Lingual ones could do, so it’s something to consider before you commit. We do advise against imitating Jimi Hendrix and playing the guitar with your teeth where possible!

What happens if I have to move house in the middle of my treatment?

As a general rule we would say that if your circumstances dictate that you need to move, please try and stay on to finish the treatment process before you do so. It’s very difficult to find someone that will take over another dentist’s treatment, as we all have different preferences, materials and training. Here at the Straight Teeth Suite we don’t tend to take on patients from other places for this reason. We tend to recommend that if you can come back, please do – you will be able to finish your treatment as planned.

Can I wear lingual braces even though I have had crowns and am missing teeth?

Yes, you can. It’s a bit more challenging, because brackets don’t tend to stick very well on crowns, but yes – it is possible.

I have a stud in my tongue. Will this interfere with treatment?

Well, our team might be a bit scared that you will knock out the brackets, but so far the Straight Teeth Suite hasn’t had any issues with anyone in Leicester.

Does this type of treatment require good molar teeth?

Your teeth will need to be as healthy as possible from the outset, but this can all be determined in your initial appointment. After you decide to go ahead, we will check that your teeth are strong and healthy enough for you to be able to have the treatment.

Does it work on gaps?

This type of procedure has been proven to close gaps rather nicely. One of the team recently reviewed a patient that was quite self-conscious about a gap in between their front teeth, but within three or four months the gap had reduced substantially.

The important thing to remember is that here at the Straight Teeth Suite, we will work with you towards your desired goals.

Once you have arranged your FREE initial appointment, our Leicester-based dentists will be able to go through any further concerns – or indeed anything you have picked up on in this blog – with you in person. This will allow you to establish your aims for your chosen procedure, and us to provide you with help and guidance to ensure you are making a choice that is right for you. Contact one of the team here and start the journey to a healthier, happier set of teeth.

To go back to part 1 of this lingual braces blog series click HERE 

How Does Lingual Brace Treatment in Nottingham Work? – Your guide to lingual braces, part 3

Posted on: October 11th, 2015 by freshadmin No Comments

 

Of all the popular treatments that are available for straightening teeth, the most popular is undoubtedly lingual braces. Here at the Straight Teeth Suite we are able to provide professional care in Nottingham at competitive rates, but it is important that you are aware of the finer details of the procedure before you proceed.

In part 3 of this blog series, one of our dentists will run through everything you need to know to decide whether you feel the process is right for you.

Am I suitable for lingual braces?

As we touched on in our previous blog, it really does depend on the individual. The whole purpose of the consultation appointment is to take a closer look at your teeth and your bite, and from there we are able to advise whether or not you are a good candidate.

I’m currently wearing braces. Can I make the switch to lingual braces?

The short answer is yes, you could. Again, it depends on what stage of your treatment you are in and what you and your current dentist are trying to achieve. Realistically, we need to see your teeth to be able to answer this question properly and provide you with the information you need. Of course, it is possible we will be able to offer the treatment to you; however, there may be an additional charge in order to do so.

How often do I see my dentist once I begin my treatment?

With lingual braces, we tend to see you every six to eight weeks. As we move closer to the end of the treatment the visits may become more frequent.

Is the treatment painful?

As you can imagine, this is one of the most common questions we get asked! As with any dental brace, it may be slightly painful at points. For example, on the front of the teeth you get a lot of rubbing on the cheeks and the lips, whereas with a lingual brace you get this on your tongue. As your tongue is quite sensitive, this can obviously become quite sore.

It’s important to prepare yourself for things like this, in order to minimise the discomfort. Your dentist at the Straight Teeth Suite will give you some wax to use, as well as a mouthguard to wear while you sleep, to protect your tongue further. If you’ve had teeth moved, you may also experience tenderness around the affected area, but this is all completely normal and does improve over time.

What will I look like with the appliances in?

This is a simple one – you’ll look exactly the same as you do without them in. Many people worry about the damaging effect that lingual braces might have on their appearance when they are out and about in Leicester, but you needn’t worry about any severe changes occurring while the treatment is in place.

One thing you may experience, however, is a short period where your teeth may begin to look worse than they did at the start of the treatment. Usually this is hidden by the braces when they are at the front, so you can’t see it as much, but when the teeth are moving at the back you can go through that much-maligned ‘ugly duckling’ stage. Don’t panic, though, this is to be expected as part of the treatment plan – it means you’re progressing and, as we said, it won’t last for long.

How much of the time will I need to wear my product?

A fixed brace will be in all the time, so you don’t need to worry about forgetting to put it in or take it out. Some people are initially put off by this, but lingual braces are actually the more practical option in the long run.

Are there any other additions to the treatment?

It’s important to remember that even when a case has finished, our staff may need to pull clear liners to be worn in order to complete it fully. This is simply to achieve that final finish with ease. It’s not always needed, but it’s worth keeping in mind beforehand, just so that you’re not taken by surprise come the end of the treatment cycle.

Will I need headgear?

So far, we have never offered headgear to a patient. It has not been needed and it is likely that this will remain the case as we move into the future.

How are you going to prevent my teeth from shifting again?

Regardless of what kind of braces you have, you’ll need to have retainers for the rest of your life in order to keep them straight. Without retainers, your teeth will simply move back. What we tend to provide is a combination of fixed and removable retainers, which will be all you’ll need for as long as you have your retainers.

Do lingual braces damage the teeth, roots or gums?

No – there are two very rare complications with braces, but these apply to all types of braces. One is that the nerve of the tooth can die, but this is typically linked to some form of trauma, such as falling over, being hit in the face by a ball or something similar) Incidents such as these damage the nerve, and you may end up needing root canal treatment. It is likely that you may become a bit more sensitive to trauma with braces.

The other unlikely complication is that the root of the tooth can become shorter. This is called recession, and again, is very rare. This depends on the thickness of your gums, but again keep it in mind during your decision-making process. This tends to be linked to very complex treatments, when complicated movements need to be achieved, and these take quite a long time – very unlikely, but you should be made aware of this nonetheless.

Can people still see traces of the braces on my teeth after treatment?

The traces are rarely obvious, especially if they are on the back of your teeth. Some people may notice white marks on their teeth, but this is usually due to consuming a lot of sweets and fizzy drinks, things that make your enamel really thin. If your diet and hygiene are good, you shouldn’t have any problems whatsoever.

When should I start seeing results?

And so it comes full circle with our answers for this blog – it all depends on the patient. The complexity levels of each case will determine the speed of the process. One patient treated by the Straight Teeth Suite was so responsive that within three or four months their teeth had almost completely transformed. For all parties involved, it was a fantastic experience and did much to highlight the true benefits of lingual braces and the services offered by teeth straightening professionals.

Of course, we can only cover the basics in these FAQ guides. The best way to discover which path of treatment is right for you is by arranging a FREE consultation. To read the next article of the Your Guide To Lingual Braces series, part 4, click HERE

Start Lingual Braces Treatment in Loughborough – Your guide to lingual braces, part 2

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Now that you’ve gone through the basic FAQs in our first blog post in this Lingual Brace series, you’ll probably be wondering how best to move forward with the decision-making process. In order to ensure you’re well informed about the finer details of your chosen procedure and how we operate here at the Straight Teeth Suite, we’ve asked our team to explain in more depth what you need to do to secure an appointment and proceed further with your treatment.

How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?  

Here at the Straight Teeth Suite, we’re comfortable for you to contact us in whatever way works best for you. We have a purpose-built form on the website, but we are equally happy for you to reach out to us via email, phone or our social media channels (Facebook and Twitter), and we can arrange an appointment for you in no time.

What should I ask during a consultation?

The most important thing to ask about is the experience of the dentist that will be treating you. You need to be assertive in order to ensure you are receiving the most suitable care. “Who is going to be doing my treatment? How much experience have they got? Can you show me some previous cases they have worked on?” These types of questions are much more valuable to ask than ones regarding the brand or system of brace you will be using, for example.

A lot of people may ask me what a lingual brace is – can you explain?  

Lingual braces are fixed brackets that go on the back of your teeth. One of the advantages of this design is that they really are invisible – you can’t see them from the front, and they straighten your teeth in an extremely discreet manner. The particular lingual braces we use here for teeth straightening in Loughborough is a fixed bracket with a wire attached to it, allowing us to move your teeth where necessary.

In some more complicated cases, we may need to carry out additional kinds of treatment, such as pulling teeth out or shaving (known as inter-proximal reduction) – however, procedures such as these are very rare.

What is the track record for this treatment?

The treatment is extremely popular due to how discreet it is, but also because it gets results. In some cases, it can work exceedingly fast – this obviously depends on each individual patient, and we continually monitor progress to ensure that the treatment is going exactly to plan throughout the teeth straightening procedure.

How much will it cost?

As with all treatments, the cost can vary. The more simple cases average at around £3,000, but cases with added complications and complexities can reach up to around £5,000. That being said, we are confident that the treatment we offer in Loughborough is both efficient and effective, and represents great value for each and every one of our patients.

What payment options are available?

Again, we are flexible in this area. We have various options that allow you to pay as you go, or set up structured finance plans to spread the cost out on a monthly basis, or you can pay up front should you wish to. We treat every case individually, so all of this will be covered during your consultation appointment.

How long does an average treatment last?

It really depends on the complexity. Some cases can take as little as three months, some cases can take twelve, fifteen, eighteen months, but an indication of this will be given at your first appointment. We will make you aware whether you are a simple, moderate or complex case.

Is it better to start treatment early?

Again, it all depends on the individual. If you’re a growing teenager, for example, it’s best to start your treatment earlier. On the other hand, if you’re an adult, when you start is less important. We always advise our patients to consider their upcoming commitments – do you have any deadlines? Do you have a wedding in two years that you want your teeth to be straightened by? Once you work out your short to medium term plans, you can decide for yourself when is the best time to begin treatment.

Do you always have to extract teeth for treatment?

Not always. It really depends on whether or not we need to free up some space for your teeth, and this is something we can address when we first meet you. Some cases may be borderline; in this instance, we are cautious with the process to ensure you are always receiving the right level of treatment. We may not initially decide to take any teeth out, instead seeing how the teeth respond, and then reassess later on.

If you’re ready to find out what your options are you can contact us here for your free consultation.