Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with the growth of the teeth, jaws and face.
Orthodontic treatment is provided at the Practice, both for patients of this Practice and for patients referred in from other local Dental Practices. It involves provision of braces which are used to straighten crooked teeth.
Orthodontic assessment is carried out which is likely to include x-rays, impressions (moulds of the teeth) and possibly photographs. As treatment may take up to 2 years it is important that you are happy with the recommended treatment.
Sometimes it is necessary to suggest that teeth are removed to relieve crowding or allow impacted teeth to erupt. Braces can be:
Fixed – the most common type of braces, often referred to as “train tracks”. Brackets are glued onto each tooth and are connected by a wire. Elastic bands are usually used to hold the wire in place. The brackets can be made from metal or can be tooth coloured (ceramic). NHS only provides metal brackets
Removable – occasionally used to correct a simple problem. This clips over the back teeth and has one or more springs attached. Removable appliances generally always need to be worn except during contact sport or when cleaning.
Functional Appliances – these are a type of removable appliance worn to alter the position of the teeth and jaws and can be used to correct protruding upper teeth.
Retainers – retainers are worn at the end of active treatment to hold the teeth straight. They can be fixed in the form of a wire or removable which are clear plastic retainers that are worn at night time.
We are also delighted to be able to offer “Invisalign” invisible braces.Book An Appointment Or call us on 01223 507 750