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orthodontics

this is page about orthodontics

why should I have orthodontic treatment?

Many people have crowded or crooked teeth. Orthodontic treatment will straighten the teeth or move them into a better position. This can improve their appearance and the way the teeth bite together, while also making them easier to clean.

Some people have upper front teeth that stick out and look unsightly. These 'prominent' teeth are more likely to be damaged, but orthodontic treatment can move them back into line. Or the way the upper and lower jaws meet can cause teeth to look unsightly and lead to an incorrect bite. Orthodontic treatment may be able to correct both of these problems.

When the teeth don't meet correctly, this can put strain on the muscles of the jaw, causing jaw and joint problems and sometimes headaches. Orthodontic treatment can help you to bite more evenly and reduce the strain.

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case histories

a selection of before and after images

 

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FAQ

frequently asked question about orthodontics

What are the benefits of Orthodontics?

Oral hygiene is more difficult if your teeth are bunched up and teeth that are sticking out are more prone to traumatic damage. The main reason for orthodontic treatment is to improve the way the teeth fit together for better function and the long-term well-being of the teeth. One can not underestimate the importance of an improved smile for increased confidence and self-esteem either.

Am I too old for orthodontics?

Adult orthodontic treatment has become very popular with age no longer being an issue. Multiple treatment options are now available to serve the requirements particular to adults such as aesthetic appearance.

What kind of treatment will I need?

Custom-made appliances are designed by the orthodontist according to the problem being treated. In many cases you will be able to choose from a range of options, but sometimes one type of appliance will produce more desirable results than another. Your braces may be removable or fixed (cemented and/or bonded to the teeth), and made of metal, ceramic or plastic. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces can slowly move teeth through their supporting bone to a new desirable position.

How long will my treatment take?

As a rule of thumb, we will need to see you every 6-10 weeks depending on the type of brace and the stage of treatment. The use of modern technology allows us to see patients less often, freeing up your valuable time.

How often will I need to see the orthodontist?

As a rule of thumb, we will need to see you every 6-10 weeks depending on the type of brace and the stage of treatment. The use of modern technology allows us to see patients less often, freeing up your valuable time.

How much will it cost?

The actual cost of treatment depends on several factors, including the severity of the patient's problem and the treatment approach selected. You will be able to thoroughly discuss fees and payment options prior to beginning treatment. We offer convenient payment plans to patients. Treatment fees may be paid by lump sum (credit card, cheque or cash) or by standing order over the course of active treatment.

Will my teeth stay straight?

Once the position of your teeth has been corrected, the braces are removed and retainers fitted. The modern approach to retention is that they are worn on an ongoing basis. Crowding of teeth is part of the ageing process, so you are fighting old age as well by wearing your retainers.

Will it hurt?

Treatment may be uncomfortable for a few days after the adjusting of your braces, which can be controlled by painkillers, if needed. The tightness normally disappears quite soon after. Please contact the practice for advice or to book an appointment to see the orthodontist if the discomfort does not subside. If you have a problem which requires urgent clinical attention outside of practice hours, please call the practice on01743 244446.

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