Orthodontic Treatment

Nothing is more important than a genuine, heartfelt smile. Whether in your professional life or when socializing, an attractive smile can make you feel happier and more confident as well as make the right impression!

 

What can orthodontic treatment do for You?

Orthodontic treatment gives you:

  • Straight teeth, which are easy to clean
  • A beautiful smile
  • A reduced likelihood of damage to prominent teeth
  • An improved bite
  • Ease with eating.

 

What does orthodontic treatment correct?

Orthodontics is a dental speciality concerned with the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities such as:

  • Crooked or crowded teeth
  • Missing or extra teeth
  • Impacted or un-erupted teeth
  • Protruding teeth which are prone to trauma
  • A reverse bite
  • A deep bite which may be traumatizing your gums
  • Preparation for advanced dental treatment such as crowns, bridges or dental implants
  • Reversing the drifting of teeth in patients who have suffered from advanced gum disease
  • Misaligned jaw positions.

Orthodontic treatment is specifically designed and planned with your needs in mind by our Specialist Orthodontist and therefore if you’ve ever thought about improving your smile, no matter what age, orthodontics may be for you!

 

Your orthodontic assessment

During your initial consultation, your Orthodontist will take time to listen to your concerns and understand what you hope to achieve from any orthodontic treatment. She will carry out a thorough examination of your teeth, jaws and face. We ask that you set aside approximately half an hour for this initial visit, as we believe that it is important for you to have a clear understanding of all aspects of your proposed treatment. 

This is usually followed by photographs, radiographs (x-rays) and impressions (moulds) of your teeth. In some cases, we may need to invite you for a second appointment so that we can consider the records that have been taken and decide upon a treatment plan.

Your orthodontic needs are unique and these records help us to diagnose any underlying problems and formulate a comprehensive treatment plan. You will then have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have and discuss the various payment options. We offer a range of flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost of your treatment.

 

Having orthodontic treatment

Once all the diagnostic information has been taken, the treatment plan has been agreed, we will then be ready to place the braces. Before a brace is fitted, we may ask you to see your Dentist for professional cleaning of your teeth and gums.

 

Types of orthodontic appliances

There are lots of different types of braces, depending on what treatment you need.

 

Clear ‘Invisalign’ Braces

Your Invisalign treatment consists of a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that you change every two weeks for the next set of aligners. Each aligner is individually manufactured for your teeth, and your teeth only. As you replace each aligner, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to the final position prescribed by your Orthodontist.

There are now various Invisalign products: Invisalign Full, Invisalign Lite, Invisalign Teen and their most recent product is Invisalign I7.

Details are on the Invisalign website here.

 

Fixed Braces

This is the most common type of brace today, also know as ‘train tracks’. Brackets are gently glued onto the teeth and linked by thin wires. The brackets can be metal or ceramic – ceramic brackets are white and are less noticeable. The wires exert gentle pressure to move the teeth into a new position. Elastic hoops can also be fitted to add some colour to your braces!

 

Removable Appliances

A removable brace is sometimes used for correcting a simple problem, such as moving a single tooth or expanding the dental arch. It has a plastic base plate with wires and springs attached. Removable braces need to be worn all the time except for cleaning or sport.

 

Functional Appliances

These are used to harness the growth of the jaws and improve way the upper and lower teeth meet. There are several designs all of which fit on to both the upper and lower teeth and hold the lower jaw forward. They are mostly removable but should be worn as near to full-time as possible

 

Retainers

Once your braces have been removed, the best way to keep your healthy, new beautiful smile is by wearing a retainer. A retainer is a fixed or removable orthodontic appliance designed to keep your teeth where your braces have moved them to. When braces are removed, the teeth have a tendency to want to return back to their original positions. Retainers prevent this from happening and are key to maintaining the success of your orthodontic treatment.

 

British Orthodontic Society

The British Orthodontic Society provide much useful information to the public about orthodontic treatment. Click on the logo to visit the website.