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FAQ

How much will it cost?

The initial consultation is €70. This includes, examination, diagnosis, x-rays as required, clinical photographs, treatment options and a report. We don’t charge extra for a records appointment. It is included with your comprehensive examination.

The cost of treatment will depend on what problems you want to fix and what brace type is best for you. Please see the Fee Guide page for more information.

We offer a variety of payment options so you can spread the cost. Tax relief can be claimed at the base rate and we can provide you with a Med 2 form to return to Revenue.

How is an orthodontist different to a dentist?

An orthodontist is a dental specialist. That means in addition to a dental degree they have undergone a 3-year intensive programme with hands-on and academic training. Completion of this programme along with success at university and the Royal College of Surgeon examinations allows your name to be added to the list of dental specialists. Specialisation allows the orthodontist to focus on one area of dentistry and offer their extensive training and experience to their patients.

When should I see an orthodontist?

Your dentist may recommend a referral if they think you may benefit from brace treatment. However, you can contact us directly without a referral if you are interested in exploring your options for braces.

For children and teenagers the ideal time for a first visit is when all of the adult teeth have grown into the mouth at about age 12. Some children have specific problems before this age that your general dentist will identify and then refer to an orthodontist.

Adults can visit at any age, there is no age limit to brace treatment.

How does brace treatment work?

No matter what type of brace is used the principles are the same. Gentle, continued pressure is applied to the teeth to move them into better positions.

How long does brace treatment take?

This depends on how complicated the problems are, what you wish to achieve and other factors such as age, individual biology and brace care during treatment. Typically most patients have braces for 12-18 months.

Will it hurt?

Fitting of the brace is painless and requires no anaesthesia. The force applied usually causes some discomfort for the first couple of days after appointments and then subsides.

Will I need a metal brace?

Traditional stainless steel fixed braces are the most commonly used and effective type of brace and what I always recommend for teenagers. The elastic modules that keep them in place come in a variety of colours and make your brace more fun!

Options such as tooth coloured ceramic braces and clear aligners are great for adults who are more concerned about the appearance of the brace.

Will I need braces on top and bottom teeth?

The two main goals of brace treatment are to improve the straightness of the teeth and to improve how the teeth bite together and function. Quite often there is a bigger issue on either the top or bottom teeth. Sometimes it is suitable to simply treat either top or bottom teeth but in most cases both arches benefit from treatment to improve the bite.

What care is needed?

Having a brace means spending some extra time and effort on toothbrushing and being careful about avoiding too many sugary snacks. You should continue to attend your general dentist for check ups during brace treatment. You should come to your orthodontic appointments as planned, as missed appointments lengthen the treatment.

Will I need retainers?

Yes, we ask patients to wear clear retainers at night for a year after their braces come off. In the long term, teeth can always move and therefore we recommend retainer wear 1-2 nights a week after the first year to prevent this.