FAQs

 

Our Blog is a great resource for information about orthodontic treatment and the subjects we have covered should answer any questions you may have.  Below we have listed a few simple questions and answers.

  • How long does treatment take?

    Treatment can be as short as 6 months for a simple alignment of the front teeth particularly for adults. Children’s treatment can take between 12 and 18 months when using fixed braces.

  • Will it hurt?

    Having braces fitted is painless but your teeth can feel tender especially when you bite or chew. This is quite normal and lasts for about five days or so. If you find it uncomfortable we recommend taking the same pain relief medication you would use for headaches. See our blog for more details on caring for your brace.

  • Can I still wear my gumshield once I’ve had a brace fitted?

    Yes you can still wear one, a mouldable style gumshield fits around your braces, and we have these in stock. See our Blog for more information.

  • Can I play wind instruments once I’ve had a brace fitted?

    Fixed braces can affect your ability to play a wind instrument but this should settle after a few months. It is sensible to avoid having a new fixed brace fitted close to a music exam or performance and we will happily accommodate this. For more details please see our blog.

  • Can I have an appointment on any day?

    Once you begin orthodontic treatment with a clinician you will always see them on one of their regular working days. Please inform a member of our team if you have a preference for the days which you will be able to attend for appointments.

     

    Our clinicians work the following days:

    • Alison Ferris – Monday & Tuesday
    • Catherine Mathews – Tuesday & Wednesday
    • Clare McNamara – Wednesday & Thursday
    • James Dickson – Thursday & Friday

  • Do you take on transfers?

    We can accept transfers on a private basis, we would first of all see you for an initial consultation and then produce a quote for continuation of your orthodontic treatment. Please be aware that occasionally removal and repositioning of brackets is necessary in order to continue with your treatment plan and the quote will reflect the fee for this.

    Please contact our Treatment Coordinators to discuss your transferring orthodontic care to Cotswold Orthodontics.

  • Where is treatment carried out?

    Please be aware that treatment is carried out in the surgeries on the first floor accessed only by stairs. Wheelchair users and those with prams or pushchairs can access the reception area should they wish to attend with a patient.

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