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What are dental braces?
Braces (which are also known as ‘cases’) are metal and/or plastic frames used to correct the alignment of teeth. They can help with a host of dental issues, including underbites, overbites, crossbites, crooked teeth and much more. This area of dentistry, relating to the look and positioning of teeth, is known as ‘orthodontics’.
How Long Must I Wear Braces For?
Braces can be fixed or removable, and the former can take anything from 12 to 24 months, or longer, if the issue requires more attention. Removable braces can be worn for a shorter period of time if the matter is less serious.
Will I Have To See My Dentist During This Time?
To ensure the braces have retained their shape and are working correctly, regular visits to the dentist must be maintained. These are usually six to eight weeks throughout the period of use.
How much does it cost to get braces in the UK? Can I get them on the NHS?
Braces are free to children under 18 on the NHS where required. For adults, they come under Band 3 of NHS treatment, at £222.50, but this does not cover people who require them for cosmetic purposes. Private dentistry opens up a range of options and treatments, and typically costs around £2,000 to 2,500 but can be higher.
Do Braces Cause Pain?
Braces can hurt initially after fitting, for a period of up to a week. The discomfort is typically very mild, and can be remedied by using over the counter painkillers (follow the instructions, and consult your GP before use), and eating softer foods, such as soup and mashed potatoes. Any pain should subside after this time, although minor discomfort can occasionally reoccur if the braces are adjusted.