It usually involves wearing fixed or removable braces, which are used to straighten the teeth and correct the bite. Both children and adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment.
It's not just about the correction of teeth; we also look at your facial profile and long-term oral health. More information can be found on the British Orthodontics Society website.
At your first visit our orthodontist will examine your face, mouth and teeth. Moulds may be taken of your teeth, along with x-rays and photos. Braces will not be fitted at this visit.
Treatment usually takes 12 – 24 months to complete. Complicated orthodontic problems may take slightly longer. It is vital that you play your part for the treatment to be successful. The process may be lengthened and the final result compromised if your braces are frequently broken, you miss appointments or you don't wear the brace elastics. 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 you continue to see your own dentist for routine check-ups during your course of orthodontic treatment.
We offer all the NHS orthodontic services. This includes: assessments, digital x-rays and braces. Dentists can refer both children and adults to be assessed via phone, post, e-mail, and website. Once assessed, we will let you know if you are eligible for NHS treatment and discuss your treatment options. The NHS will provide funding towards moderate to severe cases of misalignment, however mild problems are not covered. If you do not qualify for NHS treatment you will be advised of 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.
Fixed Brace: this is the most common type of brace today. 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. You need to wear removable braces all the time except for when you take them out for cleaning or playing sport.
Functional Appliances: these are used to harness the growth of the jaws and improve the way the upper and lower teeth meet. There are several designs available, 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, you will need to wear a retainer to hold your teeth in the new position. These can be removable or fixed and are an integral part of your treatment.
Patients seeking an 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
All these 'miracle' appliances follow the same basic principles that our team have been using for over 20 years. 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.
Clear Fixed Braces: 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: 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. Find out more about lingual braces.
Invisalign: this system straightens teeth using a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that are custom-made 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. Used by more than three million people worldwide.
Fully Customised Braces - Insignia Braces: 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 outcome. This makes it a very efficient and precise treatment that's created just for you.