Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

At Pallant Orthodontics we get asked a lot of questions, but we don’t mind answering them as we believe it’s important you are able to make an informed decision about your treatment. To help with this we’ve put together a list of FAQs.   

Where is Pallant Orthodontics?

Pallant Orthodontics is located at 11 North Pallant in Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1TQ. Our treatment rooms are in a beautifully renovated Georgian Grade ll listed building. We also have a practice in Bognor Regis. 

Who runs Pallant Orthodontics?

Alastair Smith is the lead orthodontist and owner of Pallant Orthodontics. He qualified in orthodontics from Guy’s Hospital in London and is a registered specialist in orthodontics with the General Dental Council (GDC). Find out more about Alastair and why he enjoys working in the field of orthodontics. 

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a speciality within the field of dentistry, which focuses on tooth and jaw irregularity. 

What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?

An orthodontist is a qualified dentist who has gone on to study in the field of orthodontics. While both an orthodontist and a dentist are trained to treat patients for dental requirements, such as fillings and overall oral health, an orthodontist concentrates on a patient’s overall facial profile, correcting the misalignment of teeth and jaws. 

Does orthodontic treatment hurt?

No, orthodontic treatment doesn’t hurt, though at times it can cause mild discomfort. This usually occurs when the teeth are entering a new phase of movement throughout the treatment process. Over-the-counter pain relief, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, should be all you need in these instances. 

What is the difference between braces and aligners?

Braces are made up of brackets which are attached to the surface of your teeth and an archwire that connects these brackets together. Using gentle force, the archwire moves through these brackets to guide your teeth into position. Aligners look like very thin mouthguards which sit over your teeth. These also use gentle force to move your teeth. Both are effective methods of orthodontic treatment. 

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment which uses aligners to move your teeth into the desired position. It is a popular treatment option among many patients because the aligners are made from clear plastic material which makes them virtually invisible. At Pallant Orthodontics we are highly experienced in the use of Invisalign. This experience has been recognised by our Diamond Invisalign provider status.

Do I have to have braces as well as Invisalign?

Not usually. Most people only need one type of treatment and Invisalign is an effective method of treatment, producing great results. It is very rare that you will need braces and Invisalign aligners. 

How much does orthodontic treatment cost?

The cost varies depending on the type and length of treatment you are having. As a guide, traditional braces and Invisalign usually cost between £3,500 and £5,000. More information about our fees is on our cost and finance page. 

How do I start orthodontic treatment?

The first step in your orthodontic treatment process will be an initial consultation with us so we can determine what treatment you require. Only once you are happy with our recommendations will treatment commence. We have more information about getting started in our new patients section. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any more questions about orthodontic treatment.

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01243 532 304 (Chichester) 01243 682 027 (Bognor Regis)

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