FAQs

For Patients

  • What is orthodontics? +

    Orthodontics is the dental speciality that is concerned with the growth of the face and alignment of the teeth. The aim of orthodontic treatment is to provide a pleasing smile and comfortable bite. Orthodontic treatment can increase a patient's self confidence.

  • Am I too old for orthodontic treatment? +

    There is no age limit for orthodontic treatment. More and more adults are having treatment these days – both for simple tooth straightening and more complex bite correction.

  • What will treatment cost? +

    The cost of treatment will depend on the complexity of your case and the type of treatment undertaken. Inspire Orthodontics offer various payment options to help make your treatment more easily affordable.

  • Do you offer clear braces? +

    We are able to offer Invisalign and ceramic (tooth coloured) fixed appliances, which are both far less visible.

  • How often will I have to see the orthodontist? +

    We like to see our patients every 6 to 8 weeks, on average.

  • Is orthodontic treatment painful? +

    Treatment is not painful. Your teeth will feel tender after the appliance is fitted and after each adjustment, but over the counter painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol will be sufficient to alleviate any discomfort.

  • What food is it best to avoid during orthodontic treatment? +

    Acidic foods and drinks that can damage tooth enamel when consumed frequently or when sipped over extended periods of time. Most of us are well aware that sugary foods and drinks can lead to tooth decay. Starchy foods, such as potato chips, can also stick to teeth for long periods of time and cause tooth decay. Fizzy drinks and diluting squash, even diet and no added sugar versions, are especially hard on teeth because they not only contain acidic flavour additives, but also includes 10–12 teaspoons of sugar, which further increases your chance of developing cavities.

    There are also foods that can loosen, break or bend wires and bands when you are wearing braces. Avoid hard foods such as nuts. Foods such as apples and carrots should be chopped into small pieces before eating to reduce the stress on your braces. Avoid sticky foods such as caramels, toffees, muesli or fruit bars. No chewing gum.

    Habits such as nail biting, pencil chewing and nervous picking at your wires can also break braces. Be aware of these and make an effort to stop them. Remember that damaged braces mean extra appointments, inconvenience and extended treatment time. If you do break your braces, be sure to make an appointment with us immediately. Broken braces are not correcting your teeth.

    While you are wearing orthodontic braces, it is essential that you take care of your teeth and gums. The brackets and wires have many nooks and crannies that can trap food and plaque. This means your risk of tooth decay and gum problems may be higher while you are wearing braces.

    You need to pay special attention to cleaning your teeth after every meal and to your diet. Permanent damage to tooth enamel can occur if the teeth and appliance are not kept clean.

    Areas on the enamel surface may begin to lose minerals (the early stage of tooth decay), leaving unsightly white spots. You may also develop inflamed, bleeding gums (gingivitis). Gingivitis and the early stages of tooth decay can be reversed by taking extra care with your cleaning and diet. If left untreated, they can lead to bigger problems that will require treatment and have life-long effects. While you are having orthodontic treatment, you need to continue to have regular check-ups with your General Dental Practitioner.

  • Will my teeth stay straight after the treatment is finished? +

    Yes, but it is essential to wear a retainer at the end of brace treatment in order to maintain teeth in their new position. Age changes also mean that teeth move over time. These can be in various forms - clear mouthguard-style retainers, those made from wire and plastic, or it may involve a thin wire fixed to the inside of the teeth.

  • Will braces affect my speech? +

    Everybody reacts differently to braces but if this happens any speech impediment is temporary and soon goes away, particularly with simple exercises.

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For GDPs

  • When is the best time to refer a patient? +

    Usually once a patient is almost in the permanent dentition is the best time to refer. However, if you or the patient and parents are concerned about anything at an earlier stage we would be happy to see them.

  • How can I refer a patient to Inspire Orthodontics? +

    Please either email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fill out a contact form

  • What should I do if a patient under orthodontic treatment needs a restoration? +

    Please contact the practice by telephone on 07925 665651 and advise us which tooth and the date you propose to undertake this. We can then arrange to see the patient just prior to your appointment to remove the bracket and wire. We can then see the patient soon after to replace the appliance.

  • What records should I send? +

    If you have a panoramic (OPG) radiograph we would appreciate you sending this with the referral. We will take a copy of this radiograph and return it to you.

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Announcements

  • Quick Fix Braces +

    The Guardian newspaper ran an article by the British Orthodontic Society in the 23rd February 2013 edition.

    The article, entitled, Considering straightening your teeth? Don’t be misled by the promise of a quick fix, addresses the British Orthodontic Society concerns, following a growing number or reports from patients who are dissatisfied with the results of treatments used by some cosmetic dentists to straighten teeth.

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  • Free initial consultations +

    Inspire Orthodontics offer free initial consultations. There is no commitment and no charge, so come and have an informal discussion with our Consultant Orthodontist about your teeth and the possible treatment options.

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Inspire Orthodontics,
73-75 Estcourt Road,
Salisbury, SP1 3AX

Tel
01722 410528

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