Your free braces consultation

Your free braces consultation

Braces consultation

**While we’re temporarily closed, you can still enjoy a free virtual consultation with specialist orthodontist Dr Iain Hoeltschi. Click here to arrange your complimentary phone or video call.**

You can find out a lot about braces online, but nothing compares to a consultation with a specialist orthodontist.

Complimentary private consultations are available for all ages. Meet our friendly experts and ask us all your questions about orthodontic treatment.

Your consultation will last around 60 minutes, and it’s completely free. We do take a booking deposit of £49, but this is refunded in full when you attend your appointment.

What you can expect

You’ll receive a warm welcome when you arrive at our modern practice in Hove. Our receptionists will check you in and make sure that all the essential paperwork has been completed. We’ll send you a medical history and photo consent form to complete before your appointment if you can.

Dedicated treatment coordinator

Throughout your consultation, you’ll have your own knowledgeable treatment coordinator. They’ll be by your side during your appointment and your main point of contact.

If you’re feeling anxious, let them know. Your consultation will be relaxed and comfortable, but we’ll take things extra slowly if you’re nervous.

Photos of your teeth and smile

We’ll start by taking some photos of your teeth for our specialist orthodontist to review. These photos will form part of your orthodontic records and help us to review your progress during your treatment. It’s always great to see how far you’ve come when your braces are taken off.

Orthodontic assessment

Braces consultation

You’ll meet one of our two specialist orthodontists at your consultation: Dr Iain Hoeltschi or Dr Sarah Grieve. Both Iain and Sarah have completed full-time specialist training in orthodontics, and they have decades of experience.

During your assessment, your specialist orthodontist will gently examine your teeth and bite. They’ll be looking at the positions of your teeth and how they bite together. They’ll also make sure your teeth and gums are in tip-top condition and suitable for braces.

Once they’ve assessed your smile, your orthodontist will go through all your treatment options, which may include fixed braces, clear braces and Invisalign. You can also discuss complementary treatments such as home teeth whitening, and of course, retainers.

We’ve transformed thousands of smiles, so we can show you some examples, including cases just like yours. You’ll have plenty of time to ask us all your questions.

Fees and finance

Your treatment coordinator will take you through the costs of your different treatment options, and the various ways you can pay for your new smile.

We’ll give you a quote to take away, so you can take some time to consider all your options. If you think of any questions at home, don’t hesitate to contact us.

When you’re ready to start your treatment, your treatment coordinator will talk you through the next steps. Within a few weeks, you’ll be on your way to a straighter, confident smile.

NHS assessments

If you’re aged 17 or under, you’re eligible for a free assessment for NHS braces. To arrange an NHS consultation, you need to be referred to us by your dentist. You can contact us directly to arrange a private consultation. However, this won’t include an NHS evaluation.

To arrange a free orthodontic consultation, call 01273 203514 or fill out our contact form and we’ll be in touch.

Can you eat chocolate with braces?

Can you eat chocolate with braces?

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Eggcellent news, you can absolutely eat chocolate while wearing braces. There are a few foods you should avoid if you’re wearing fixed braces, but thankfully Easter eggs are okay (with a few provisos).

Easter do’s

  • Enjoy your Easter eggs at mealtimes, so you’re not grazing on chocolate throughout the day. This will help to limit your teeth’s exposure to sugar.
  • Drink lots of water afterwards to help rinse away the chocolate and sugar.
  • Brush your teeth, but not straight away. Tooth enamel is softened by sugary foods, so give your mouth at least 30 minutes to recover.
  • If you’re wearing Invisalign (pictured below), make sure your teeth are free from chocolate before you pop your aligners back in.
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  • If you can, opt for dark chocolate, which contains less sugar and more cocoa than milk and white chocolate.
  • Brush your teeth using a toothpaste that contains fluoride and floss every day.
  • Use an interdental brush to clean between your brackets and underneath your archwire.

Easter don’ts

  • Don’t bite into thick pieces of chocolate straight from the fridge, this could knock a bracket off or bend a wire.
  • If you receive several eggs (congratulations), resist the urge to eat them all this weekend.
  • If your egg comes with sticky, hard or chewy sweets like toffees, pass them on to a lucky friend or family member.
  • Avoid fizzy drinks, which can be very acidic and damaging to teeth.
  • Happy Easter from everyone at Splash Orthodontics.

    Is chewing gum bad for your teeth?

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    Does chewing gum have a negative effect on your teeth?

    chewing gum teethChewing gum is known for its ability to mask bad breath and freshen up your mouth, but how harmful is it for your teeth? If at all?

    Not all chewing gum is the same, which is why it can be difficult to identify which gums are good for your teeth and which are bad. Chewing gums that are high in sugar will obviously place your teeth at a higher risk of developing cavities, however ‘sugar-free’ gums can be viewed as a healthier alternative.

    Is chewing gum bad for your teeth?

    The short answer is no, but only if the chewing gum is the right kind. Leading dental industries have claimed that chewing gum can help keep tooth decay at bay but only if it’s sugar-free gum.

    What’s so special about sugar-free gum?

    Chewing gum should never be seen as a replacement for brushing or flossing your teeth. However, there are some chewing gums that can aid teeth cleaning, especially if they include xylitol; a sugar alcohol that acts as sugar replacement. Some studies claim that xylitol has been found to be promising in reducing dental caries disease and also reversing the process of early caries.

    Gum containing xylitol is widely understood to be ‘better’ for your teeth than gums high in sugar. Chewing xylitol after a meal is thought to help neutralise acids inside bacteria (which results in plaque). Chewing gum also stimulates saliva production, which again, helps neutralise acids released by bacteria.

    Does xylitol help reduce bacteria?

    Combining sugar-free gum with xylitol is thought to help reduce the growth of Streptococcus (a bacteria that causes cavities). Xylitol is thought to help stop bacteria from sticking to your teeth, which helps fight off cavity-causing bacteria.

    Which chewing gums are bad for you?

    bad chewing gumAs stated previously, chewing gums that are high in sugar are worse for your teeth. Stay away from bubble-gums as these are usually very high in sugar and can have the opposite effect on your teeth, contributing to plaque buildup and the spread of bacteria.

    The pros and cons of chewing gum

    We’ve summarised the key pros and cons for chewing gum below:


    Chewing sugar-free gum increases saliva production – chewing sugar-free gum after a meal is thought to help prevent tooth decay due to the amount of saliva you produce. Your saliva essentially helps rinse your mouth of the bacteria that would otherwise remain.

    Improves oral hygiene – chewing sugar-free gum will help negate the positive effects that come with chewing (saliva production, rinsing etc). Chewing gums that are high in sugar will have the opposite effect, as bacteria requires sugar in order to survive.

    Hardens your enamel – casein phosphopeptide-amorphous calcium phosphate (CPP-ACP) is a substance that’s now being used in selected chewing gums. The short name for CPP-ACP is Recaldent, and it’s thought to help harden tooth enamel and fortify it against the threat of tooth decay.


    Tooth decay – chewing gums that are high in sugar (such as bubble gum) are more likely to cause tooth decay, gum diseases and cavities. When you chew these gums, the sugar released clings to your teeth and will slowly wear away at your enamel. The longer the sugar coats your teeth, the weaker your enamel becomes. Brushing your teeth immediately after consuming sugary foods and drink is essential.

    Jaw ache – overeating chewing gum can result in jaw ache, and while manufacturers will claim that their gum can be consumed regularly, it’s not advised. Common side effects of chewing too much gum too regularly can result in headaches and sometimes even toothache. In extreme cases, this can cause Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TPD) a condition that causes discomfort around the face, neck and jaw.

    Stomach problems – chewing gum for longer than necessary can cause your stomach (specifically your intestines) some stress. Chewing gum after a meal is common routine for some, but it’s advised that you abstain from chewing gum immediately after a meal to help your food properly digest.

    Keep on top of your oral hygiene

    is chewing gum bad for your teethThe term ‘sugar-free’ when it comes to chewing can be slightly misleading, but it isn’t a bitter-tasting as it’s sweetened using xylitol or other agents (mannitol, aspartame, sorbitol etc). Fortunately, your saliva is unable to break down these ingredients, so they won’t cause cavities.