Consent For Orthodontic Treatment
Please carefully read the information below, to help you to understand the pros and cons of orthodontic treatment and the commitment involved for either yourself or your child.
Brace adjustment appointment are undertaken every 6-10 weeks. There is a time commitment once orthodontic treatment is undertaken and the average treatment length is 18 months. If you are undertaking NHS treatment and you do not want school time intruded upon at all, please discuss the option of private treatment with your orthodontist.
All types of braces feel very strange initially - they usually interfere with the occlusion (the way your teeth bite together) and push against the lips and cheeks. This can feel a little alarming at first, but most people quickly acclimatise to the changes.
All types of braces tend to be uncomfortable for a few days after fitting / adjustments, this can usually be controlled with the use of paracetamol / ibuprofen.
Removable braces (bite guards, retainers and expanders) interfere with speech for a few days after fitting. Speech usually returns to normal after this, although some large removable braces can cause some lisping during treatment.
Teeth should be cleaned after every meal (at least 3 times a day) when wearing a brace as well as using a fluoride daily mouth rinse. Fizzy / sweet drinks, sticky sweets and chewing gum should be avoided during orthodontic treatment. Failing to undertake these measures lead to the risk of demineralisation which will leave marks on your teeth following the removal of the brace, that will require restoration by your dentist at the completion of treatment.
There is a slight risk (approximately 1 person per 1000) of nerve damage to the teeth moved with the braces, this can result in darkening of the teeth affected and the need for root canal treatment to be undertaken by your general dentist.
During treatment there is a very slight shortening of the tooth roots during orthodontic treatment, problems associated with this are extremely rare.
Success of the treatment depends largely upon the continued use of the retainers supplied at the end of active treatment. It is usually recommended that the retainers are worn every night (12 hours) for the first year after treatment and on a lifelong basis of 2-3 nights per week (whilst sleeping) to maintain the teeth in their corrected position.
DO NOT PROCEED WITH ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT IF YOU ARE UNHAPPY ABOUT ANY OF THE ABOVE POINTS.
IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS PLEASE DISCUSS WITH YOUR ORTHODONTIST