Patient Information

At the orthodontic practice we want to make sure your experience is as comfortable as possible and that you are fully informed about your treatment from the beginning. Below are a few of the common things people like to know about orthodontic treatment:

  • Our average treatment time is 18-24 months
  • We generally like to see you every 6- 8 weeks for your appointment
  • Your regular checkups should still be kept with your general dentist throughout treatment as they will check your general dental health
  • Orthodontic treatment is not painful as such, although you may experience some initial discomfort or aching but this usually only lasts a couple of days after the brace has been fitted or adjusted.  Painkillers such as the ones you would normally take for a headache will help
  • You may have a slight lisp  with removable braces, but you will adapt and speak normally after a few days
  • If you play any contact sports we advise you have a mouth guard
  • For the first few days it is best to keep to soft foods so as to avoid damaging your brace.  Sticky, chewy, hard foods will break your brace. It is best to chop up hard foods into small pieces before eating them. Sugary, fizzy drinks are not advisable as they could leave permanent white marks on your teeth and cause decay. We will talk to you in more detail about foods to avoid.
  • It's important to brush your teeth and gums at least twice a day and if possible after lunch. Poor brushing may lead to permanent white marks on your teeth as a result of decalcification. We may remove your braces if brushing is poor to minimise further risk. Instructions on the correct brushes to use and brushing techniques will be discussed with you when we fit your braces.
  •  Repeated breakages of your brace, will delay treatment. Please avoid biting into hard foods, biting your fingernails, pens lids and bottle tops!
  • If you do have a breakage please contact the surgery as soon as possible and we will advise you on how to make it comfortable and fit you in for an appointment as soon as we can
  • Gaps may appear between your teeth during your treatment, this is quite normal. All gaps will be closed prior to the end of your treatment
  • It is perfectly normal for teeth to feel slightly loose during treatment.
  • Occasionally patients may develop ulcers while wearing braces. To help relieve any discomfort we suggest placing wax on the braces. Wax can be obtained from our practice.  We will demonstrate how to use wax when your braces are fitted.
  • When you complete treatment we will fit retainers (either fixed or removable or both) which should be worn according to the orthodontists instructions.  If you do not wear them as advised your teeth will start to move back towards where they started!
  • We will advise you which retainers are most suitable for you and how to look after them
  • We advise retainers are worn long term!  Our faces and teeth change throughout life due to age changes

  • Monday :
  • 8:30 AM - 5 PM
  • Tuesday :
  • 8:30 AM - 5 PM
  • Wednesday :
  • 8:30 AM - 5 PM
  • Thursday :
  • 9:00 AM - 7 PM*
  • Friday :
  • 8:30 AM - 5 PM
  • *Thursday late evenings

NHS Treatment

View our treatments

Private Treatment

View our treatments
Follow Us
Contact Info
  • Smiles of Wight,
    Specialist Orthodontic Practice
    30 Dover Street Ryde,
    PO33 2AG
  • 01983 566 405
  • For out of hours emergencies call 111