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Our qualified orthodontists carry out a full assessment of your teeth including x-rays, impressions and photographs to ensure you receive the correct orthodontic treatment for you.
Orthodontics is in high demand, with more adults than ever wanting treatment. It's all about making the best of your teeth, improving the working of your mouth and jaw to help you eat more comfortably, and your smile will benefit massively!
Our qualified orthodontists are with you offering guidance and advice from start to finish. Before you decide on your method of treatment, ask about what's on offer and insurance plans.
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• Ceramic tooth coloured brackets
• Clear braces
• Metal braces
• Orthodontic retainers
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Orthodontics, the branch of dentistry concerned with the growth of the teeth, jaws and face, is in high demand. Nearly one million people in the UK started having orthodontics last year and more adults than ever before are wanting treatment. Why? Orthodontic treatment is about making the best of your teeth; it's about improving the harmony of your mouth and jaws. Once you can bite together correctly, you can eat more comfortably and care for your teeth and gums more easily. And your smile will benefit immensely!
Every patient needs tailor-made treatment, planned by the orthodontist and agreed with you, the patient. In order to decide what treatment is required for you, your orthodontist will need to carry out a full assessment of your teeth which is likely to include x-rays, impressions (moulds of the teeth) and photographs. Treatment can take more than two years so it is important you are happy from the outset with what is recommended. Braces are almost always needed!
What does orthodontic treatment involve?
There are two stages in orthodontic treatment, the active phase — which involves the use of braces or other appliances to correct the alignment and bite.
The retention phase —use of a retainer to hold the teeth that have been brought into their new position and ensure long-term results.
Types of Orthodontic Braces and Brackets
Several kinds of orthodontic braces can be used to reposition teeth. Damon brackets and ceramic brackets are two of the most popular types of dental braces. Patients can choose from ceramic braces, plastic (clear braces), or stainless steel (metal braces). Stainless steel is a practical material, and the most common, but ceramic or plastic can be used for cosmetic purposes.
Before you decide on a method of treatment, you should always check with your orthodontist to find out what kinds of orthodontic braces are offered, and what dental insurance plans are accepted.
A modern advancement in the practice of orthodontics is the Damon bracket. It was invented by a dentist named Damon Dwight. The Damon bracket uses a "sliding-door" technology called "self-ligation." It allows the wire to slide back and forth inside the bracket. This innovation causes less friction and is more comfortable for the patient. Also, Damon brackets reduce the orthodontic treatment time and number of adjustments.
Ceramic "Tooth Coloured" Brackets
Ceramic braces utilize less noticeable brackets for patients concerned about the appearance of their smile. Ceramic brackets are translucent, so they blend in with your natural tooth colour. This means that, unlike traditional stainless metal braces, ceramic braces won't make your smile look "metallic." In addition, ceramic braces are designed so that they won't stain or discolour over long periods of time. An orthodontist can let you know if you are a candidate for ceramic braces.
Some dental offices offer clear braces. The brackets are made of pure monocrystalline sapphire, which makes the clear braces practically see-through - except for the arch wire. The closest thing to invisible braces currently available is the Invisalign® system. The patented Invisalign® trays straighten teeth effectively, yet are virtually unnoticeable.
Generally the most economical option, traditional metal braces may also be required for those needing extensive realignment. Your orthodontist will advise you whether metal orthodontic braces are necessary for your treatment.
Retainers are orthodontic appliances made from plastic and stainless steel wire which is used to hold a patient's teeth in place after their braces are removed. The retainer holds the teeth in their new position as the surrounding gums and bone adjust around them. The amount of time the retainer must be worn varies, but many orthodontists recommend teenagers wear their retainers into their early 20s.
40% - 45% of UK adults are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth. Younger adults seem to either have better aligned teeth and are less concerned or are just less concerned.
Just 7% of UK adults have had some form of orthodontic correction undertaken.
17% - 20% of UK adults would consider having some form of orthodontic treatment to improve the alignment and appearance of their teeth. The remainder either do not see any problem or may want to pursue other forms of dental/ restorative treatment.
Of the adults who felt orthodontic treatment would be of benefit, 56% would contemplate treatment for an improvement in appearance, 25% for an improvement in self esteem and 18% for an improvement in oral health and function.
Of those adults who were contemplating having treatment in the near future, 50% were undertaking treatment for an improvement in appearance, 24% for an improvement in self esteem and 20% for an improvement in oral health and function. A similar percentage to the overall adult group above.