Updated Patient Information during Covid-19 epidemic
The UK government has recently announced that all dental practices can now return to more normal ways of operating for routine dental care. Stringent safeguards are in place for the health and safety of the public and the dental team.
At Select Orthodontics we take our responsibilities extremely seriously. We have worked really hard to put in place the required changes to open safely for everyone.
We will be prioritizing emergency treatments but routine appointments for orthodontic patients can now be offered.
If you have a dental emergency or require your routine dental examination, then please contact your own dentist.
When you attend the surgery you must expect some big changes in the way we manage your visit.
You will have to complete a comprehensive list of questions regarding your dental problem and your medical health, especially in relation to the on-going Covid-19 epidemic. We will email these to you via our data secure online portal, please note that we must have these details before attending your appointment, otherwise we will be unable to see you.
Please be tolerant of these questions, they are for your benefit.
When you attend:
- Please wear a face mask/face covering when attending your appointment.
- If you usually pay for your treatment, payment in advance over the telephone is required.
- You will be asked to attend alone, unless the appointment is for a small child, or you are a carer/chaperone for a vulnerable adult.
- If the appointment is for a child, please only bring that one child.
- For child orthodontic patients, if possible, we request that the parent remains outside the practice or waits in a car.
- Please do not bring any bags in with you.
- You must attend the surgery on time.
- On your arrival outside the surgery, you must wait in your car and make contact with the surgery by telephoning the surgery. We will tell you when to come to the door and then we will be able to let you in.
- You will be asked to use hand-gel, or alternatively to wash your hands. The patient toilet will not be available, so please use your own toilet before travelling.
- The practice will be observing a strict 2m Social Distancing policy, please be mindful of this if you come across any member of the public or staff in the reception area.
- You will be taken straight into the surgery where the dentist will need to confirm answers to some of the questions already asked.
- Please be mindful that we had to cancel over one thousand dental appointments during the first lockdown period. We will aim to get back to a more service as soon as possible, but at the moment our waiting times for appointments are a lot longer.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING
The Select Orthodontics Team
Call us today: 01642 246280 (Middlesbrough) | 01429 865290 (Seaton Carew)
Orthodontics is the use of braces to straighten teeth. Making teeth straight makes our patients more confident when smiling and can make teeth easier to keep clean.
Fixed braces are most commonly used. They are the best at controlling the positions of all the teeth at once. They consist of white or metal squares that are attached to the teeth, which are joined together by a wire. The wires are held on to the squares with little elastic bands or by tiny metal clips. They cannot be removed by the patient. For more information about fixed braces go to information from the British Orthodontic Society
Removable braces are made of plastic and are held onto your teeth with metal clips. There are also small wires fastened to the plastic, used to gently move the teeth. Removable braces can be taken in and out for cleaning but should be worn 24 hours a day to work. They are often used before or at the same time as fixed braces. For more information on removable braces go to information from the British Orthodontic Society
Functional braces are a special type of removable brace used for very prominent teeth. They need to be worn all the time and usually take about 9 months to work. Most patients need a second phase of treatment with fixed braces to get the best result. For more information on functional braces go to information from the British Orthodontic Society
This will depend on the sort of problem you have with your teeth. We will discuss this with you on your first appointment.
This depends on many things including how your teeth bite together and how crooked they are. If possible, we would try to straighten your teeth without having any out. Usually, if teeth need to be taken out, it would be done by your own dentist. If, however, you and your dentist would prefer us to take them out, we can arrange this.
Despite what you will be told at school by your friends, getting the braces fitted does not hurt! For fixed braces, the metal squares are just glued on to the teeth. Removable braces clip over the teeth. After the braces are fitted, the teeth will be uncomfortable for a few days which is quite normal. This can be dealt with by taking the correct dose of painkillers such as paracetamol or Nurofen. You may also get some ulcers, as your lips and cheeks will have to get used to the braces. However, these problems are temporary and we will give you some special comfort wax to make things more comfortable until your mouth gets used to the brace
Usually between 12 and 24 months but we will tell you this at your first appointment. After your braces are removed, most patient need to wear retainers, which are usually plastic removable braces. These retainers hold your teeth straight and allow them to settle into their new position. You usually wear your retainers for 3 months full time and then just at night for about one year. If you do not wear your retainers as instructed, your teeth will go crooked again.
Like all medical and dental procedures, orthodontics has risks.
Decay of the teeth
If the teeth and braces are not kept clean, the teeth can become decayed. We will give you instructions on cleaning your braces when they are fitted. All fizzy drinks MUST be avoided as the acids in the drinks can cause this damage. The sugar free “diet” drinks are still acidic and just as bad..
Shortening of the roots of the teeth
The roots of the teeth in the bone shorten very slightly during orthodontic treatment. This is usually so slight that it causes no problems. Very occasionally, significant shortening of the roots can occur but this is very rare.
Movement of teeth following treatment
This is reduced by correct wear of retainers, however, even after retainers have been worn, the teeth can become slightly crooked over the following years. This is usually very mild and shouldn’t need further treatment. If you don’t want your teeth to move at all, you will need to keep wearing your retainers at night permanently. For more information on the risks of orthodontic treatment go to information from the British Orthodontic Society Much more information about orthodontic treatment can be found on the British Orthodontic Society website at www.bos.org.uk