What is Orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment usually involves the wearing of braces, fixed or removable, which are used to straighten the teeth and correct the bite. Both children and adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment. The practice is not only concerned with the correction of teeth, but also that of the facial profile. More information can be found on the British Orthodontics Society website www.bos.org.uk.

Your first visit

At your first visit the orthodontist will examine your face, mouth and teeth. Moulds may be taken of your teeth, along with any necessary x-rays and photos. Braces will not be fitted at this visit.

Treatment Length

Successful orthodontic treatment can only be achieved with the total co-operation of both parties and their parents, and usually takes 12 – 24 months to complete. Complicated orthodontic problems may require slightly longer to complete. Treatment may be lengthened and the final result compromised if braces are frequently broken, appointments missed or brace elastics not worn. Our orthodontic instruction sheet is available to download below. All treatment is followed by a period of retention to hold the teeth in their new position.

It is essential patients continue to see their own dentist for routine check-ups during their course of orthodontic treatment.

We continue to offer all available orthodontic services the NHS provides. This includes assessments, digital X-rays and all types of braces. Dentists can refer both children and adults to be assessed via phone, post, e-mail, and website. Once assessed, the eligibility for NHS treatment can be determined and the treatment options discussed. The NHS will provide funding towards moderate to severe cases of misalignment, however mild problems will refused. Patients who do not qualify for NHS treatment will be advised about the private options which may include a discounted 'NHS equivalent' Independent Treatment.

Children under 18 years of age, adults under 19 years of age in full-time education or adults on relevant government benefits will be offered the initial examination free of charge under the NHS. Adult patients who do not fall into these categories are still entitled to an NHS assessment but will be charged a fee. Please call or e-mail us if you are unsure which category you are in.

NHS Treatment

Fixed Brace: this is the most common type of brace today, often known as "train tracks". Brackets are glued onto the teeth and linked by wires. Small elastic hoops are often used to hold the wire in position. The wires exert gentle pressure to move the teeth into a new position.

Removable Brace: this is sometimes used for correcting a simple problem, such as moving a single tooth or expanding the dental arch. It has a plastic baseplate 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: at the end of treatment, all patients should wear retainers to hold their teeth in the new position. These can be removable or fixed and are an important part of treatment.

Private Treatment

Patients seeking a more aesthetic brace option, or those who do not qualify for NHS treatment, can explore our private options.

Six Month Braces

6 Month Smiles, C-fast, Inman, Quick Straight Teeth

There are new brands of orthodontic appliance appearing on the market all the time, many of which you will find in your family dentist's waiting room offering fast and efficient treatment. All these 'miracle' appliances follow the same basic principals that our team have been using for over 20 years and we are happy to discuss if a 'quick fix' is suitable for you.

See our own range of 'Mini Braces' below or call us for more information

These are very similar to traditional fixed braces used through the NHS but are made from hard ceramic which makes them less visible. We use one of the most aesthetic brackets on the market: Damon Clear.

Lingual Fixed Braces

Again, these are similar to traditional fixed braces but are attached behind the teeth next to the tongue. This makes them virtually invisible when in place. http://www.blos.co.uk/

Invisalign straightens teeth using a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that are custom-made specifically for your teeth. As you replace each aligner every two weeks, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week, gradually moving towards the projected final position.

Comfortable, clear and removable – Invisalign transforms your smile without disrupting your life. Something that over 3 million people worldwide have already discovered.

Fully Customised Braces

Insignia Braces: The makers of Insignia explain that it is a fully interactive software and custom appliance system designed to give every patient a truly customized smile. It's a precise, start-to-finish process delivering maximum clinical and practice efficiency. Whether you are fitted with the Damon™ System or conventional appliances, the Insignia software incorporates your treatment plan into a virtual 3D model of your ideal occlusion.

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