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oral_hygieneAll patients are required to maintain exemplary oral hygiene throughout their orthodontic treatment to minimise any adverse affects. Brushing must be undertaken twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste. Where fixed braces are in situ, care should be taken to ensure that teeth are brushed either side of the brackets, in other words, both next to the gum and at the tips of the teeth. Some patients prefer to keep a toothbrush handy to clean after every meal to remove any food particles which may become lodged in the brace.

Interdental toothbrushes

Interdental toothbrushes are recommended for all patients with metal and ceramic fixed braces. These enable patients to clean underneath the wire and in between the brackets, which is particularly important as you will be unable to floss with the braces on.

Fluoride mouthwash

All children, adolescents and some adult patients will benefit from a fluoride mouthwash to reinforce oral hygiene. This is best used once a day, approximately half an hour after brushing the teeth in the evening. Having rinsed out with the mouthwash, nothing but water should be taken before going to bed.


It is important to watch what you eat during orthodontic treatment. Those patients being treated with removable aligners and appliances are often able to remove them to eat and therefore are less restricted than those undergoing fixed brace therapy.
Patients must keep sugary foods and drinks, including fizzy drinks to a minimum in order to reduce the risk of decay and decalcification which will result in permanent scars on the teeth.

Sticky and hard foods, such as chewing gum, toffees and crusty bread, should also be avoided to help avoid breakages of the braces. The more the braces breaks, the longer treatment will take!

Also, patients should avoid biting into hard foods such as apples, and cut foods into smaller pieces than they normally would to keep the braces intact.


“I had an orthodontic treatment that lasted 2 years and the result was just perfect.
All the staff members there was really friendly and professional , from the receptionist to the orthodontist, thank you Saba”

SB aged 31

“Saba is fantastic!

My teeth had gradually moved over the last 45 years to the point that my bottom teeth where lined up like dominos.

Saba has straightened my teeth over several months using braces and I now have a perfect smile. 🙂

I can not recommend enough. I have a general fear of dentists so tend to avoid going.
Saba has been professional, kept me fully informed during the process outlining what she stage I was at and what to expect in advance.

A great team”

RE aged 43

“Just had my braces off and I can’t stop smiling!! I had wanted to get a brace as an adult for years as my front teeth were crossed and all my teeth too close together. Not only did I just hate smiling but my teeth would bleed as I couldn’t clean them properly. Now I have perfectly straight teeth and they don’t bleed anymore.

Saba was fantastic. Professional, knowledgeable and friendly. Keeping me informed though out the process. My braces never broke as my friends did from another practice. V the dental nurse is absolutely lovely and made sure I was looked after.

Thank you both for my amazing smile!”

AM aged 31

“I would highly recommend Northwood Orthodontics for anyone needing orthodontic treatment. Saba is always friendly and has provided me with great advice and orthodontic care over the past few years. I was reluctant get a fixed brace on my top teeth, so Saba advised that I could go for a lingual brace instead which is fantastic – you can’t even tell that I have braces at all!”

VS aged 32

“I had been concerned about one of my upper front teeth for some time as it seemed to be moving out of alignment and starting to protrude. I have my regular check-ups at Dental Design Studio and my dentist suggested that I see Saba. She explained the various options & recommended that I have both my upper and lower teeth straightened. I chose to have lingual braces as I didn’t like the idea of visible braces (being a lady in my 50s). Throughout my treatment Saba was incredibly professional, supportive, reassuring and friendly. The braces were taken out after 9 months and I was, and still am, delighted with the result – lovely straight teeth. I would highly recommend Saba to anyone considering Orthodontic work.”

RB aged 53

“We are delighted with the orthodontic treatment our son has received from Saba. She has demonstrated a very patience and professional approach at each appointment. Throughout the treatment, Saba has been very helpful and explained each stage clearly. Saba has ensured that the treatment is tailored to our son’s particular needs and has taken the time to ensure that his brace is working in an efficient manner. We are so pleased with Saba’s work that another member of our family is planning to start treatment with her in the near future.” 

Happy mum

“Dr Qureshi is an exceptionally talented orthodontist. I had put off sorting out my crooked teeth for many many years and as an adult patient, Dr Qureshi’s care and attention as been outstanding! I wish I had come to her years ago! Her bedside manner is brilliant and she makes you feel very much at ease. Together with her being so super efficient, the fourteen month of wearing braces just flew by!
I can’t thank her enough! I look forward to doing a lot more smiling than I ever did!”

LW aged 38

“Saba has looked after both my daughters’ orthodontic treatment and I highly recommend her! She explains the treatment options so clearly, provides a comprehensive treatment plan and with her kind, professional manner ensures appointments are hassle-free. Contact Saba if you are thinking about orthodontic treatment – you couldn’t be in better hands. Thanks Saba for providing the smiles!”

Happy mum of two teens

“I would highly recommend Dr Qureshi. She dedicated time to ensure I was fully informed of the treatment process at each stage. I’d had significant orthodontic treatment prior to seeing Dr Qureshi and fully trusted in her professionalism and expertise.”

NP aged 33

“I fitted my braces on back in my home country Georgia and a few months later moved to the UK. I was searching for a very long time for a professional orthodontist and clinic whom I could trust. I’ve called almost 70 places in London but all of them were offering debonding the existing braces and to fit the new ones on and only in this case they could accept me.
One day I found Dr Saba on Instagram and asked about my case and if she could accept me. And Luckily I found her, a real professional doctor with brilliant experience and knowledge. She and her team are very helpful with any details or questions you might have. The Dental Design Studio is a place where you can feel comfortable and safe and that your health is in reliable people’s hands.
Dr Saba is a very good communicator, organized and very empathetic. She makes you feel cared for as a patient. I couldn’t wish to find a better place. Also want to mention that the prices there are very affordable compared to the prices in London in general. I would highly recommend Dr Saba and her team.
I am sure if anyone decides to go there will be as satisfied with the result as I am.
At first glance braces, the journey might look scary and painful but with Dr Saba and her team, you will enjoy the whole process.”

MD aged 29

“I couldn’t recommend Northwood Orthodontics enough! Had a great experience with my Invisalign treatment and Dr Quershi was amazing. She took great care of my teeth and was always available whenever I had any queries. I am very satisfied with the outcome and I love the way my smile looks like now!”

AJ aged 18

“My 7 year old daughter has sucked her fingers since birth. We were advised it was seriously effecting her jaw and her teeth and also effecting her concentration and learning as she zoned out when sucking. We had tried everything, encouragement, rewards, thumsies, bad tasting solutions on her fingers, plasters on her fingers, nothing worked. We researched braces to stop children sucking and although it seemed quite a drastic solution we didn’t know what else to do. We saw Northwood Orthodontics offered these. Right from the start Dr Qureshi was friendly, professional and put my daughter at ease! She explained the process really clearly and was patient and gentle. The process to be measured for the braces was simple and painless. I was worried my daughter would find it distressing and uncomfortable but she was completely fine. The fitting was straightforward. My daughter stopped sucking immediately and did not find eating or speaking or anything difficult. She has now completely stopped sucking and her concentration has greatly improved. I cannot Northwood Orthodontics enough!! The staff are all absolutely lovely and the service is outstanding.”

Happy mum of LB aged 7

“Recently had the pleasure of having my braces done by Dr Saba. It was an emotional journey as I also suffered with a bad bite and had developed a lump in my head due to the way my teeth were sitting.
I researched a lot of orthodontists and came across Dr Saba and I am so pleased I did.
After 15 months my teeth are all straight and my lump has disappeared.
The whole process was painless and working with Dr Saba was a joy. She explained everything along the way and put me at ease. I would highly recommend to anyone.
I have now booked my 13 year old son in for his and would not even consider going anywhere else.
Thank you for everything Dr Saba”

EN aged 37

“Dr Saba is my chosen Orthodontist for both my kids. With one just finished and one still undergoing treatment, I have found her to be professional yet friendly, and relates my teens really well. She is efficient and available, which was so appreciated – especially over the last year while my son was going through his final year of GCSEs. I would not hesitate to use Saba for my own treatment and would definitely recommend her services!”

Happy mum of two teens
AS aged 16

“I am very grateful for the work of Dr Qureshi. She provided me the care that I needed and now I have a smile that I am confident with. Every step of my treatment was clearly explained which meant that I felt completely comfortable putting my teeth into her hands.”

AS aged 16

” From the first to the last appointment Dr Qureshi provided the highest standard of care.  She took time to listen to my daughters’ needs and skilfully a significant overcrowding problem.  My daughter now has a beautiful smile she can be proud of and this is all thanks to Dr Qureshi.

I would not hesitate in recommending her”.

Happy Mum

“Would have no hesitation in recommending Dr Saba Qureshi.  She had a professional, caring and gentle manner throughout my treatment.

Super happy with my smile!”

Aged 29
NC aged 29

” Dr Qureshi is an excellent orthodontist.  She finished my treatment my orthodontic treatment in just over a year and I am very pleased with the outcome.  She is thorough and professional, explaining each stage of treatment, and made me feel relaxed and comfortable each visit. I can’t say enough good things about Dr Qureshi and would highly recommend her.

Thank you for my beautiful smile”

Aged 29

Saba provided me with care that was second to none. I was always at ease and welcomed by Saba. She has a wonderful way of explaining everything patiently and professionally.

Aged 39

Fantastic Experience being a patient at this practice. Dr Saba Qureshi and the staff are all lovely and always make me feel welcome.

Would highly recommend this place!!

“Thank you Saba for making my smile perfect”

Aged 16

“I got to choose colours to go on my braces as well, so every 6 weeks the colours would change. I want to thank Saba and her team for doing such a good job.”

Aged 14
Saskia Bosch

Dr Saba Qureshi is the most professional and accomplished orthodontist I have ever come across.
It was important for me that my speech wouldn’t be affected by having braces.

Saskia Bosch
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I am so happy with my straight teeth now, and cannot believe I didn’t get them straightened sooner. I am smiling all of the time now, and my confidence has been boosted by 100%. I couldn’t ask for a better Orthodontist!

Thank you Dr Saba for my new smile!

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