Orthodontics – You’re in safe hands. Our resident Orthodontist and Expert is Jane Cliff
For patients requiring Orthodontics across London, Surrey, Hampshire and Sussex
JANE CLIFF BDS MFDS(Lond) MSc MOrth(Edin)
GDC NUMBER – 74673
Jane qualified with distinction in 1998 and gained her Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons in 2000. She completed her training in Orthodontics at the Royal London Hospital. She also holds a Master of Science in Orthodontics and Membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT THE FIRST APPOINTMENT? After a brief chat about your wishes we’ll take a series of photographs, and possibly x-rays. We will then talk through your options for treatment to give you the smile you are looking for, including how long your treatment will take, and what the financial investment will be. Occasionally, for more complex treatments, a second visit is needed to finalise your treatment options.
WHAT IS IT LIKE HAVING A BRACE FITTED? A removable brace is fitted very easily by clipping it onto selected teeth. There is no discomfort involved. Fixed braces are simply “glued” onto the teeth. There is no need for an anaesthetic injection.
WHAT AGE SHOULD AN ORTHODONTIST SEE MY CHILD? It is recommended that your child be evaluated around age seven. The early detection of certain orthodontic problems is important to enable corrective action and therefore avoid more complex treatment later.
CAN YOU BE TOO OLD FOR BRACES? No, age is not a factor, only the health of your gums and bone, which support your teeth. About one third of our orthodontic patients are adults and that number is still growing!
WHAT FOODS DO I AVOID DURING TREATMENT? Very crunchy and sticky foods can break your brace. Toffee and chewing gum must be avoided. Really enjoyable hard foods can be chopped up and chewed gently.
WHAT TYPES OF BRACES ARE THERE? Fixed braces – these are usually bonded to the tooth surface. These can be metal or tooth coloured. Lingual fixed braces – these are mounted behind the patients teeth but are only available in selected cases. Invisible braces – used for selected adult cases and for children who are excellent in managing their oral hygiene. Removable – this type of brace can be taken out.
HOW LONG WILL THE TREATMENT TAKE? This depends on how much work there is to do. Fixed brace treatment can take between 12 and 24 months, but longer if the problem is particularly severe. If braces are broken frequently this can prolong the treatment time.
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