FAQ

What Age Can I Be Treated?

NHS or Private treatment?

Both NHS and private treatment are available at our practice.

We provide NHS funded orthodontic treatment to patients up to 18 years old.

Patients with very mild irregularities of the teeth may not qualify for NHS treatment, following a change in the regulations in April 2006. However, after your consultation, you will be informed whether you can be accepted for NHS treatment.

Timing of treatment

Most orthodontic treatment is carried out when all the adult teeth are coming into the mouth. This is usually around or after 11 years of age.

However, your dentist, or the hospital consultant may send you to us at age 8 or 9, as a limited number of patients require early intervention to prevent problems later.

Adult orthodontics

Orthodontics can be carried out at any age, providing that the teeth and gums are healthy. An increasing number of adults are seeking treatment to provide a pleasing smile and improved function of the teeth.

Treatment after the age of 18 years is provided on a private basis and tooth coloured braces are available.

What Can I Expect At My Consultation?

One visit consultation

  • We will listen to your dental concerns
  • Carry out a detailed clinical assessment
  • Take X-ray
  • Discuss problem list and objectives to be carried out
  • Discuss various options and long term stability of treatment
  • Estimated costs with each option
  • Written letter giving you the summary of diagnosis, treatment &retention, and costing. Please note the cost of one visit consultation is deducted from the cost of treatment.

Two visit consultation

1st visit

  • We will listen to your dental concerns
  • Carry out a detailed clinical assessment
  • Take records-photographs
  • X-rays and impressions for study models
  • Discuss a provisional treatment plan

2nd visit

  • Give a report from records taken.
  • Discuss the problem list and treatment objectives
  • Explain options of treatment
  • Give a definitive treatment plan
  • Give a written letter, cost of treatment,and consent to treatment. Please note the charge for the two visit consultation is deducted from the cost of treatment.

What Happens After My Consultation?

After your consultation the Orthodontist will have provided a detailed summary of your requirements for treatment.

Depending on individual requirements your Orthodontist will suggest one of the following courses of action:

  1. Treatment not yet required – Your orthodontist anticipates further development of your teeth and jaw and for this reason it may be better to be reassessed at a later date.
  2. Oral health needs improving – Before starting orthodontic treatment it is necessary that your oral health is good. You may need treatment for gum disease or require restorative dental work such as fillings before your orthodontic treatment can begin. You will be referred back to your dentist/ hygienist and will be reassessed. As soon as your dental health is sufficient orthodontic treatment can be scheduled.
  3. Treatment not required – The report from your assessment shows that you do not require orthodontic treatment.
  4. Treatment required – The report from your consultation and explanation from the orthodontist has highlighted that treatment would be beneficial. You will have been given a treatment plan and can schedule treatment to begin if your are happy to proceed.

What Is Orthodontic Treatment?

Orthodontics, the branch of dentistry concerned with the growth of the teeth, jaws and face, is in high demand. Nearly one million people in the UK started having orthodontics last year and more adults than ever before are wanting treatment. Why? Quite simply, a beautiful smile is the best possible asset. But orthodontic treatment isn’t just about making the best of your harmony of your mouth and jaws. Once you can bite together correctly, you can eat more comfortably and care for your teeth and gums more easily.

Orthodontic treatment is the correction of crooked or protruding teeth as well as abnormalities of the bite. Treatment involves the use of braces. In some cases, where the teeth are crowded, dental extractions may be needed.

Courses of orthodontic treatment begin with a referral from a general dentist or the local hospital to our specialist team. These are some of the most common reasons for a referral:

Protruding upper front teeth – one of the most common dental problems

Crowding – a narrow jaw may mean there is not enough room for your teeth, resulting in crowding. Conversely, some patients have significant gaps between their teeth.

Asymmetrical alignment – this is when the two centre lines in the upper and lower front teeth do not meet, usually because the teeth have drifted or the position of the jaw has shifted.

A deep bite – when your upper teeth cover the lower teeth too much

A reverse bite – when your upper teeth bite inside the arch of the lower teeth

An open bite – when your front teeth remain open as your back teeth meet, so the tongue is still visible between the upper and lower teeth.

Impacted teeth – in some patients, secondary teeth come through in the wrong position or do not erupt at all. Orthodontic treatment can help bring these teeth into the correct position.

Do you have a payment plan?

We pride ourselves on providing the very best care to our patients. Part of this commitment to providing you with the care you need is ensuring that our dentistry is affordable and finances don’t get in the way of you receiving the expert dentistry you require. To ensure this we offer finance options, including 0% finance, on most treatment plans. Please ask your clinician for details.

Do you have a membership plan?

Yes, we offer the Portman Care plan. This is an easy monthly payment scheme that enables you to receive the regular treatment you need while also benefiting from substantial savings on cosmetic and advanced treatment. Please ask at reception, one of the nurses or your dentist for more information.

Is there parking at the practice?

Yes, parking is easily accessible at the front of the practice.

What is your complaint procedure?

We take any complaints very seriously and will always listen and try and resolve any concerns directly with you. Please feel free to contact the practice manager on 01536 521118

How do I get more information about dentistry and the profession?

The General Dental Council (GDC) is the organisation which regulates dental professionals in the United Kingdom.  They do this by:

  • registering qualified professionals,
  • setting standards of dental practice and conduct,
  • assuring the quality of dental education,
  • ensuring professionals keep up-to-date,
  • helping patients with complaints about a dentist or dental care professional, and
  • working to strengthen patient protection.

For more information visit their website at www.gdc-uk.org