Your First Visit

When we see you for the first time the orthodontist will examine your face, mouth and teeth and take any necessary X-Rays, photos or moulds (impressions). No actual orthodontic treatment will be carried out at this visit. The orthodontist will then be able to provide you with a detailed treatment plan.

Treatments Available

A full range of orthodontic treatment is available, including fixed and removable braces as well as the ‘clear’ ceramic options. Invisible ‘Lingual’ or ‘Invisalign’ braces are also available.
It should be noted that not all appliances are suitable or available for all cases. Suitable options will be discussed with you at your treatment planning visit.

NHS treatment

This is available for suitable patients who are under 18.

ALL patients should also be registered with a General Dental Practitioner who will look after their dental care during the period of orthodontic treatment.

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FAQ

Orthodontics doesn’t have to be scary, at Sutton Orthodontic Centre we pride ourselves on providing you with not only fantastic orthodontic treatment but also providing you with all the information you require to fully understand our range of orthodontic treatments. We aim to be the very best in Birmingham Orthodontics

  • What types of braces are there?

    At Sutton Orthodontic Centre we provide a wide range of Braces to suit each individual. With so many types of braces available we aim to offer a consultancy service to advise you on the correct type of brace for you. We offer invisible, ceramic and metal braces to name just a few, click on the links below for more information on available braces.

    Clear/Ceramic Braces
    Invisalign Invisible Braces
    Metal Fixed Braces
    Removable Braces
    Functional Appliances
    Incognito Invisible Braces

  • How long will it take?

    Depending on the actual treatment required orthodontics can take between 6 to 24 months. For a more precise timescale please contact us for more details.

  • Is Orthodontics painful?

    Having the brace fitted is not painful but it is common to have slightly tender teeth for 3-5 days after fitting and each adjustment appointment.

  • How often will I need to be seen?

    You will need regular visits during treatment for the brace to be adjusted. You may be charged for missed appointments.

  • If teeth need to be extracted, who will do this?

    Your own dentist usually does this.

  • What about toothbrushing?

    If you do not keep your teeth and brace clean you may find there is permanent scarring of your teeth which will defeat the object of having treatment to improve the appearance of your teeth.

  • Can I eat normally?

    Yes, you should be able to eat normally. However, for your treatment to work quickly and well it is essential that you look after your teeth and your brace. You should:

    • Avoid eating toffees, boiled sweets, sugared chewing gum, hard or chewy chocolate bars, etc.
    • Avoid fizzy drinks and excessive amounts of fruit juice.
    • Take care when eating hard foods which might damage the brace.
  • Will I still be able to play contact sports?

    Yes, but you should wear a gumshield during these activities. This includes riding a bike, roller skating or skateboarding, etc.

  • What if I play a musical instrument?

    A fixed brace may make it more difficult to play a wind instrument such as a flute or a brass instrument. You should discuss this with your music teacher.

  • What do I do if my brace breaks?

    Ring up the practice for an emergency appointment as soon as is reasonably possible. Do not wait until your next routine appointment as this may slow down treatment. If you repeatedly break your brace treatment may be stopped.

  • Do I still need my regular dentist?

    Yes. You must continue to have regular check-ups throughout orthodontic treatment.

  • What happens after treatment?

    Once the active phase of your treatment is finished your teeth will try and return to their original positions. You will need to wear a retaining brace. These can be of the fixed or removable variety and the actual length of time they have to be worn is variable. However, if you want a guarantee that the teeth will not move following treatment then you must wear retainers of some sort on a long term basis.

  • How successful is orthodontic treatment?

    This depends on your commitment level. Good patients get good results, we aim to provide the very best in Birmingham Orthodontics however we also require your commitment to get the best out of your orthodontic treatment.

Downloadable Leaflets

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Fixed Appliances

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Removable Appliances

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Functional Appliances

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Retainers Leaflet

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Tooth Whitening Advice Leaflet

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